A Columbus Boy Scout troop trekked through the Sangre de Cristo mountains this summer at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
Philmont, the largest youth camp in the world, is 214 acres of wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet, according to a media release.
Troop 559 of Asbury United Methodist Church hiked 86 miles over 10 days. The scouts carried everything they needed while participating in programs such as rock climbing, mountain biking, fly fishing and gold prospecting.
Challenges includes backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs and inclement weather, the release said.
The trek also included a conservation project in which the Scouts learned about and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem, the release said.