Jim's first year in Scouts, summer of 2007
Our Scout activities in 2007 basically amounted to an experiment in whether young scouts of age 11 could carry off a schedule of adventurous activities, such as snow camping and backpacking. These pictures shows the backpacks and hikes that Jim and I were on. The scout troop we joined also had some other trips, which are not shown, and included campouts to Craters of the Moon, Scout Camp at Lake Forks in Wyoming, and a Redfish lake boating camp.
Our first activity of the year was actually with the Cub Scouts, led by Charlie Honsinger. This was our last activity before we joined Troop 100 of Boise, and we stayed at yurts near McCall, in February. Jim and I built a snow shelter called a Quinzee, and slept comfortably in it as the temperature reached about 15 below during the night.
Our first backpack of the year was to a hot springs near Crouch, and was attended by mostly the younger boys of the troop, with one older youth who was senior patrol leader for the trip. The hike was about 2 miles, and had very little elevation gain.
Our next backpack was to a desert camp overlooking a waterfall in the Oywhee Mountains between Idaho and Nevada. The stream that feeds Camel Falls was almost dry, but the lake below the falls was a wonderful small lake. Slot canyons nearby provided terrain unusual for Idaho, and good Spring desert hiking.
In July Jim went to Lake Fork Scout camp in Wyoming, and broke his arm on the last day of camp. We rested the arm in a soft cast for a while, and our next backpack was to Sawtooth Lake in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho.
I didn't see much of Jim on the hike in, because he took off and left me! He and the fast hikers zoomed on ahead, and as it turned out ran into two people we know on the trail. The adult leader with Jim was very impressed and thought
Jim must know everyone on the mountains trails.