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Do they stick to the weight requirements ofr adults for the treks? I have been dieting and working out three to five days a week for the last three months. Feel better than I have in years but still short for the weight requirements. Do they allow anything over for adults?
Old guy108

Comments (8)
  • shane  - If, if, if...

    If you are over 21, and if they weigh you at your medical recheck, and if you are overweight, your odds of hiking are VERY slim. That is 3 ifs.

    As an adult, the only time they weighed me at medical recheck was in 2000, and that was the closest I ever was to the weight limit (found out 3 weeks before the trek that I was going).

    I won't get on the get in shape soap box here. I'm glad you have been at it for three months. Don't stop once the trek is over. I learned that lesson in 2002. I took it to heart in 2005. I am now 15 pounds lighter than my lowest weight in high school, and in the best shape of my life. I sure wish I was hiking those Philmont trails this summer...

    Good luck. Keep up the good work. Get off the carbs. Each chicken or fish and veggies for three meals a day. You'll get there.

  • Peaks

    From what I have heard, Philmont is more strict with adults than youth. No tolerance for overweight adults.

  • Russ Wetzel  - Very Serious

    A couple of years ago Philmont base camp sent out a letter, essentially to the adults that said...." we will weigh you and send you home if you are overweight. We have sent home 8 adults so far this summer." So yes they are serious about it on multiple levels: your ability to move your self and your gear up the trails at 8-10,000 feet without toppling over; carrying you out when you keel over. also i think they are very focused on BP. solution is to drink drink, drink water. especially prior to medical rechecks.

  • MikeyG1965

    They are serious. I barely made the weight last year. I had lost a total of 58 pounds prior to arriving. The other adults in the crew were not weighed, but they weighed me....I was just one pound under....whew!

    I asked what would happen if I was over and was told me they had no choice but to send me home.

    And the other recommendation that another poster had about keeping it off is true. Like a moron, the first thing I did was head to Tooth of Time Traders and bought a Snickers candy bar. It has been downhill ever since.

    Have another trek in 2012 and I have to lose 30 pounds. I have already started and I plan on being 20 lbs UNDER this time.

    It is not only important to lose the weight, but please get in shape too.

  • EdDzierzak

    BP is important. Folks from the flatlands (like us) need to be ready for a rise in BP with the gain in altitude. Many have the "white coat" syndrome when being checked - BP goes up just because its being checked. If BP is over the limit, the "victim" is given a chance to rest and have it taken again. Sometimes, it can be checked early the next day - BP may be lower in the morning after a night's rest. If yours is border-line, get to your doc now and get it controlled. Also explain to your doc what you're doing and the altitude at which you'll be doing it. ;)

  • Philmont-Ranger

    Philmont is very serious about both blood pressure and hieght/weight requirements. Every summer both youth and adults get sent home without ever setting foot on the bus to the trail head due to one or both of these issues. If you are an adult your blood pressure will be checked at Health Lodge without exception. If your blood pressure is borderline at home please talk with your physician about the amount of physical activity as well as conditions such as altitude that you will be dealing with while at Philmont. If you are not within the height weight requirements do what it takes to make it into the guidelines. It would ba a shame to do all of your training and make the trip to Philmont only to be sent home.

  • Greg Rudroff

    Apparently Philmont is not serious about the weight requirements. We had a scout that was 27 pounds over the limit and an adult that was 6 pounds over the adult limit. Somehow both were permitted to make the trek. It resulted in problems for the crew several times. We were told by our council prior to the trek that Philmont was 100% strict with the adult requirement. Obviously they are not. It would have been a shame for these participants to have been sent home but they were fully aware of the requirements. I do not feel that jeopardizing the Philmont experience for the entire crew was worth making 2 crew members happy. It would have been an expensive lesson for them but some of the best lessons in life result from financial losses!

  • Sawmill

    As a former staffer I wish Philmont would stick to their guidelines a little better. I have seen instances of leaders being sent home and others being allowed on the trail when they were not in shape. If you are over the limitations it can cause many problems for your crew and the staff. Remember when you do not prepare properly for your trek you are not the only one that pays the price.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:09