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Hiking through the New Mexico wilderness were Scouts from Troop 168, front from left, Jon Kreye, Konnor Merchak, Guide-Daniel, Tyler Werner and Nathan Gasmen; back, Alex McNamara, leaders Tim Werner, Jacquie Gasmen, Ken Merchak (Scoutmaster) and Dave Kreye. (Submitted photos to Hudson Star Observer)

Local Scouts trek through New Mexico wilderness

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A crew of Scouts and their leaders participated in a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, late last summer. The group was part of Boy Scout Troop 168 sponsored by Hudson Rod and Gun Club.

The group hiked 50 miles over seven days. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet.

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