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Second Philmont OA Trek

Second Order of the Arrow Philmont Trek

The OA’s second OA Philmont Trek, Aug. 11-22, 1989, coincided with the second year of Philmont Scout Ranch’s two-year 50th anniversary. Over a 12 day period more than 800 Arrowmen took part in five-day treks through the backcountry tackling routes graded as “typical”, “rugged”, “strenuous” and “super-strenuous". Along the way they took part in discussion groups and opportunities to further develop the Trek theme ‘’These High Places are Within You.”

1989 OA Philmont Trek patchTrek vice chiefs were John Meckley, Erik Hansen, Brian Rudie, Dan Simons, Bill Kirkner and Tony Steinhardt with lead Advisers Esten Grubb, Dusty Sparks, Billy Walley, Rick Breithaupt, Gene Schnell and Larry Young. Most of the Arrowmen earned the special Challenge Pin shaped like the Tooth of time. As was the case in 1985, a mid-trek rendezvous was a highlight of the experience that challenged each Arrowman in a special rededication ceremony featuring the ceremony team from Amangamek Wipit Lodge that won first place at the 1988 NOAC Ceremonies Competition.