Troop 147 intended to do a bikepacking trip in September, but the Williams Fire closed the entire San Gabriel Canyon. So, in the midst of a long heat wave in the valley, the troop headed up to the cool pine forests high up in the San Gabriel Mountains. Scouts hiked from Buckhorn Camp through the newly created Paradise Ridge View Wilderness, along the Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls. From there, they hiked west on the Pacific Crest Trail to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp. The entire route was along shady streams with great mountain and desert views. We shared the trail camp with a troop from San Pedro but there was plenty of room for all. The hike out was tougher, being largely uphill at high altitude, but scouts finished strong. They ended the trip with lunch at the biker hangout, Newcomb’s Ranch, before heading back down the mountain.
Troop 147 scouts took up the challenging climbing merit badge in two evening classes at Arcadia Rock Climbing. The scouts learned all the basic rope work and safety techniques required for the sport. The troop has gone to Joshua Tree a few times to climb in the desert, but this time, they learned and practice more advanced skills like belaying and bouldering. All scouts achieved the merit badge – take a look at the pictures below.
Pictures to be added shortly.