Philmont - Day 9
By this time, I personally was dragging my butt by this time for some reason. I wanted this trek to be over, but I was looking forward to rappelling which was today’s activity. We got up early in the morning so we could ensure as much time climbing and rappelling as possible. At the first light of the day, we took off towards Dean Cow. It was a very quick four-mile hike and we arrived at Dean Cow just after the break of dawn. Located just outside the burn area (from the Ponil Complex Fire), this camp offers arguably the most difficult participant rock climbing on the ranch. Other activities include rappelling as well as a traverse wall for use in the evening hours. The cabin offers the famous “porch challenge,” a series of climbing holds, ropes, and crimps across the porch. Those who complete the porch challenge usually receive a small prize, such as a pudding cup.
We had all day to spend climbing and rappelling and both crews combined to take on this challenge. I have rappelled several times while in the Marine Corps, but this was my son’s first time. He was very apprehensive, but after his first time down the side of the wall, he was hooked.
Dean Cow also allowed the crews to shower, since Ponil. I know that at least two of us male adult leaders showered as did several of the boys and I am pretty sure the entire sister crew showered and washed laundry as well. In the evening we hung out on the porch and had a fun evening, before retiring to our tents for the night. It was funny that the crew was more apt to toss food into the swap box than grab food, they were looking to start dropping weight as they were near the end of the trek.