2015 Conservation High Country Call for Submissions

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As part of the next High Country Conservation Special Issue, we’re seeking brief personal essays on how Philmont has shaped people’s lives and connections to the land. We’re especially interested in essays of approximately 750 words that respond to either of these prompts:

One: How has Philmont shaped your connection to the world around you? We hope that these essays collectively reveal how the magic of Philmont transcends the ranch and influences our connections to the land, as well as to each other.

Two: What role did Philmont play in guiding you to a career in a conservation-related profession? We hope that these essays illuminate the diverse impacts Philmont has had on people’s live and career choices—be they rooted in natural resource management, environmental education, firefighting, etc. Through these essays, we also want to expose the Philmont community to the range of conservation activities that people with a connection to the ranch are engaged in throughout the world.

We’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email Mike Sudmeier at michael.sudmeier@gmail.com for additional details.

2014 Digital Only High Country Special Edition

2014HCSEDownload the the ‘digital only’ High Country Special Edition featuring award winning 2014 staff photos, prose and poetry mentioned on page 10 of the August High Country.

From the editor: It’s said so often that it’s now clichéd – but nevertheless remains true – that the Philmont staff is comprised of some incredibly talented people. Those talents are displayed in a variety of ways, in diverse media, in traditional and nontraditional manifestations. For many years, PhilNews, and more recently the Philmont Staff Association have conducted competitions for two of those media: photography (PhilNews) and writing (PSA). And several years ago, High Country began issuing a special digital edition devoted to the winners of those competitions…

2013 Autumn Adventure: Two Treks, Two Itineraries, The Best Laid Schemes…

Back row (left to right): Blake Jones (guide), Steven Truemper, Tiffany Cook, Chris Cook, Chris Saxton, Bill Matthews, Jim MacGillivray, Tim Barnes; middle row: Cynthia Truemper, Amanda Lewis, James Livermore, Rick Thom, Randy Saunders, Barbara Saunders, Marianne Graham, Charlie Saunders, Jon Thompson; front row: Jeff Schirtzinger (guide), Bill Terrell, Kathy Leach, Steve Lewis, Michael Hunstad, Michael Riojas, Laura McMillan. (Jon Thompson photo, or at least it was his camera.)

Back row (left to right): Blake Jones (guide), Steven Truemper, Tiffany Cook, Chris Cook, Chris Saxton, Bill Matthews, Jim MacGillivray, Tim Barnes; middle row: Cynthia Truemper, Amanda Lewis, James Livermore, Rick Thom, Randy Saunders, Barbara Saunders, Marianne Graham, Charlie Saunders, Jon Thompson; front row: Jeff Schirtzinger (guide), Bill Terrell, Kathy Leach, Steve Lewis, Michael Hunstad, Michael Riojas, Laura McMillan. (Jon Thompson photo, or at least it was his camera.)

“We gathered at Registration after breakfast to begin signing in, meeting our guides, collecting food and group gear, buying last minute necessities from the Tooth of Time Traders, and cramming all of the items into our packs.”

First group hiking out of Baldy Town. Jon Thompson photo.

First group hiking out of Baldy Town.
Jon Thompson photo.

Snowed in at Baldy Town. Jon Thompson photo.

Snowed in at Baldy Town.
Jon Thompson photo.

“We explored around Baldy Town and took snow pictures. But we spent most of the day in the relative warmth and comfort of the museum cabin, substituting a dinner for a lunch for two hot meals.”

Playing cards in the Baldy Town cabin. Jon Thompson photo.

Playing cards in the Baldy Town cabin.
Jon Thompson photo.

Enjoying the Baldy Town cabin. Bill Terrell photo.

Enjoying the Baldy Town cabin.
Bill Terrell photo.

Enjoying the comfort of the Baldy Town cabin. Jon Thompson's camera.

Enjoying the comfort of the Baldy Town cabin.
Jon Thompson’s camera.

“After dinner our guides gave us two options for the remainder of our Autumn Adventure: hike out the next morning or stay at Baldy town and hike out the following day. The storm had changed the game.”

Michael Riojas and tent during the big snow, Baldy Town. Jon Thompson photo.

Michael Riojas and tent during the big snow, Baldy Town.
Jon Thompson photo.

“About ten inches of snow fell during the night, and the tents looked like snow-covered boulders.”

Laura McMillan and Chris Saxton with Gunther the snowman. Jon Thompson photo.

Laura McMillan and Chris Saxton with Gunther the snowman.
Jon Thompson photo.

“Using gold pans as scoops they built a magnificent snowman between the museum and commissary cabins.”

The group that stayed an extra day at Baldy Town. Jon Thompson photo.

The group that stayed an extra day at Baldy Town.
Jon Thompson photo.

Baldy Summit Group at the top. Jon Thompson photo.

Baldy Summit Group at the top.
Jon Thompson photo.

“We hiked the ridge to the remains of the cabin and mine at the base of Baldy Peak, then scrambled the last few hundred yards to the summit. Ominous, dark clouds formed to our west as we took a group photo.”