Troop 131 was proud to participate again this year in the Flags on the 48. 7 Scouts and 5 Adult Leaders participated this year, and we had a great trip.
We arrived at about 11:15pm on Friday night at the Barnes Field campground. We bedded down quickly to get ready for our day.
The next morning we were on the trailhead nice and early (7:30am) to make sure we made it on time with some younger scouts, and alot of weight for our flagpole.
We started at the southern Imp Trailhead, hiked to the North Carter trail, and then the Carter Moriah trail to Middle Carter.
We arrived at Middle Carter to great weather at the summit, and had our flag actualy up at about 12:05. We then enjoyed about 1.25 hours at the summit, and had a flag ceremony, and some great fellowship with some of the hiking groups that passed through.
Once again we raised our 35′ flagpole (made from steel pole sections) well above the treeline with a 8×12 flag flying from the peak. Hopefully it was well visible at our ajacent peaks.
I was able to clearly see the flags on North Carter and South Carter from our vantage point, but was unable to see much acroos the valey (Washington/Adams/Madison/etc.) as there was cloudcover at the other side of the valley.
We monitored the weather band, and decided it was advisable to leave a little early (1:30pm), as we didn’t want to risk being on the mountain in any thunderstorms. They didn’t materialize, but we felt that taking the safe course was the best decision at that point.
We had a great dinner that night at our campsite, and had no difficulty getting the boys (and adults) to bed in the evening! 😀
Another great hike! We’re already looking forward to next year.
Yours In Scouting,
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