A 50-mile hike in the high Uintas was completed by seven Varsity and Venture Scouts and six leaders from Virgin Valley and Maryland. They are members of Varsity Teams and Venture Crews sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kameron Mickelson, Virgin Valley District Activities chairman BSA, planned and coordinated the hike.
The scouts who went were: Colton Mickelson, Christian Martinez, Dorian Fisher, Dawson Abbott, Chandler Abbott, and Brenden Irvin. The leaders were Kameron Mickelson, Curtis Jensen, Chad Abbott, Mark Tichenor, and Tanner Tichenor. Tim Franklin and his father, Dale, came from Maryland to join the group. The actual mileage by GPS was 63 miles. Mark Tichenor, Virgin River Valley district chairman, carried a step calculator that logged 182,000 steps along the trail.
They hiked 6 mountain passes that averaged 12,000 feet. They followed the Highline Trail and hiked through Dead Horse Pass and Porcupine Pass at 12,200 feet. The hike took them 6 days as they started on the trail on Monday morning and completed it on Saturday. The scouts carried 35 lb. packs with all their sleeping gear and food.
Mr. Mickelson said, “We had a campfire on Thursday night and talked about what we had learned along the way, but most nights they were too tired to do anything but go to bed. Every morning we would give a cheer and when we reached the top of a pass we would yell, still alive! We saw great scenery and counted the trip as a great experience.”