From left are Boy Scout Troop 12 members Jim DiLuca, Riley Connelly, Ben Conrad, Mark Prendergast, David Prendergast, Jake Klin, Mike Ryan, Ryan Shasha, Sean Patterson, Tim Helchowski, and Gherig Beighau. (Photo courtesy of Mark Prendergast
Published August 10, 2017. Last updated 04:25 p.m., August 08, 2017
On June 24, Boy Scout Troop 12 of Essex embarked on a week-long high adventure trip to Rocky Mountain High Adventure base in Poncha Springs, Colorado.
The trip included a day of whitewater rafting, rockwall climbing, and a three-day trek on the Colorado trail; including a grueling ascent of Mt. Shavano. The three-day trek began at 8,500 feet of elevation and ended at the peak of Mt. Shavano, 14,249 feet above sea level. The final day of the trek included a push to the summit, including a 3,000-foot elevation gain and a 10-mile hike out of the San Isabel National Forrest. In total, Troop 12 covered more than 50 miles of mountain, trail, and river.