High altitude, steep climbs, and tricky stream crossings challenged boy scouts from Huntington’s BSA Troop 130 during the week of July 9-15 in Wyoming’s Bridger Wilderness. The wilderness, spanning 428,087 acres, lies in the heart of the beautiful Wind River Range, part of the Rocky Mountains connecting Colorado’s Front Range with the Tetons of northern Wyoming. Scouts trekked the 33-mile Lozier Lake Loop, which begins at Green River Lakes Trailhead and follows the Continental Divide Trail, the Clark Creek Trail, and the Porcupine Trail, forming a circle that returns to the trailhead via the Lakeside Trail. The loop ascends a total of 2,966 feet of elevation to a height of nearly 11,000 feet on the mountain pass between Clark Lake and the Lozier Lakes. Participants included Hudson Follis, Owen Follis, Ethan Meyer, Aiyden Hill, Skyler Miller, Brayden Clabaugh, Jared Cartwright, Isaac Gordon, Jacob Worsham, Jeffrey Webb, Rick Clabaugh, Eric Bruce, Jeff Cartwright, and scoutmaster Jeff Follis. Scouts utilized their outdoor skills, such as packing the essentials for five days on the trail, filtering water from streams filled with snowmelt, negotiating rugged mountain switchbacks, and camping in splendid areas like the alpine meadow at Trail Creek Park and the Kenny Lake basin above the Wind River Range tree line. Trip highlights included stargazing a moonless nighttime sky in the thin mountain air, spotting a moose tending her calf, and sharing a campsite with a porcupine digging for grubs. Troop 130’s high adventure program is generously supported by the Todd Hammel Memorial Fund, and by grants from the Huntington County Medical Society and the Huntington County Community Foundation. Recent high adventure trips include hiking the Upper Peninsula’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, backpacking South Dakota’s Black Elk Wilderness, and exploring New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Troop 130 welcomes all young men, and families interested in scouting can contact Scoutmaster Jeff Follis at email@example.com. Troop 130 meets weekly on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at an outdoor location throughout the warmer months, and 6:30-8 p.m. at Life Church in Huntington during the winter.
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