Philmont 2012 Summary

BGG.CON So Far

We are living in a time warp. New games to us are the games from last year, so by playing stuff that has held up we are avoiding stinkers. This is what Thursday and Friday looked like: 

  • Disc World: Ank Moopork -- Taught this to Bob and Jim. This is good chaotic fun and I'm happy to own it. 
  • Eclipse -- Highlight of the weekend so far. Streamlined space exploration and combat that plays in under 3 hours. We had a great teacher that stepped up and helped us get started. 
  • Settlers of America -- I like these historical Settlers variants. This is a race style game with a delivery element. 
  • Qwirkle -- played this while waiting to start our 1860 game. Fun abstract that Julie would like. 
  • 1860: Isle of Wight -- Small map 18xx that Jim and I agreed to play before the con. Great fun and Bob squeezed out a solid victory. Played for 8 hours! 
  • Redshirts -- funny cards in a crappy game. Played this convention giveaway game while eating room service dinner in Bob's room. 
  • Power Grid: England and Ireland -- this is one of the newer maps. Still love this game! 

Right now we are playing Castles of Burgandy which I own and like more with each play.

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Ora et Labora

Played the last-year released Rosenburg game last night. I like it more than Le Havre, though it feels similar. We had a hard time with language as we played the German edition. Took about 2.5 hours.
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To BGG.CON

Today I arrive at BGG.CON, the annual BoardGameGeek convention in Dallas. This is my (n-1)th convention, where n is the number of conventions they've held. I missed #2 because I went to Essen that year. Once again I will be hanging with Jim Ginn who I met at GenCon in Indy (2004 I think) but really got to know (along with lovely wife Jill) at the first BGG.CON when I went as an exhibitor showing off Havoc with KC and Rita. This is the one show I like to make every year as it always comes right at the end of my football coaching season and makes for a great transition to the holiday season when I like to ramp up my gaming activity. Sad thing is I will miss my sons' high school football playoff game on Friday. This year I hope to play:

  • Eclipse
  • Ora Et Labora
  • 1860
  • Coreworlds
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Unhappy King Charles
  • Antike (with Yehuda in Israel over Skype)
  • maybe some of the new hot stuff from Essen.

But as you can see from the above I don't mind waiting a year. I also hope to catch up with Texas friends Hamzy (trading local craft beers), Tim, and Jeff (show off the Sony 5-N camera I now own so he can say "told you so").

Philmont Equipment Details

Explaining the bear ropes

Like most people (adults?) going to Philmont, Julie and I spent a lot of time exploring strategies and tactics for equipment. Much our equipment was close to twenty years old (pre-kids backpacking days) so we knew a major refresh was in order. We leaned towards the ultra-light approach and used many ideas from the Backpacking Light web site and forums, including the excellent Philmont forum. The short story is that we spent a lot of money on new equipment for us, and a smaller amount of money on the boys (heck, they are on their own in a few years any way!). The longer story is shown in the summary you can see below (PDF version of the equipment summary).

Here are some highlights on the choices I made:

  • I opted for a down quilt instead of a traditional sleeping bag. It is lighter weight and worked well with the new Exped Synmat. Plus, it doubles as an insulating layer that I can wear like a down jacket.
  • I brought only a single pair of convertible Kühl pants / shorts. They dry quickly and I wore them every day.
  • Two pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks.
  • I wore Montrail lightweight hikers most of the time and used leather Vibram five-fingers around camp.
  • Three t-shirts (dry-fit style) and one well-worn Columbia button-down longsleeve.
  • Go-lite rain pants and an Outdoor Research Helium II jacket. I'm not sure I even needed the rain pants. It does rain at Philmont, but it is so dry there that recovery is quick. I put on wet clothes one morning after laundry the night before didn't dry, and my clothes were dry within 5 minutes.
  • Sham Wow. Cheap, disposable, functional, weighs close to nothing, 'nuff said.
  • Kindle Wifi 2, Sony 5N camera with pancake lens, iPhone turned off with SIM card removed most of the time.

Leo carries the pot of shame

I talked before about our frustrations with the cooking philosophy changes at Philmont this year. As a result I had to carry a pot at the bottom of my pack that I didn't plan on. Fortunately I was able to squeeze other items inside it so it didn't impact my volume significantly. Our awesome Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2p tent and Tyvek fly more than made up for this unwelcome addition to my load.

In the end my base weight (without food or water) when we struck out on the trail was right around 20 lbs, fully loaded around 28 lbs. A far cry from my 45+ lb days in the early 90s!

Summary with Total Weights

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SUM of QtySUM of Total Wt Lbs

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CarriedBaseAsolo Pack Liner10.22

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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2p tent13.71

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Big Agnes Footprint10.31

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Exped Pump Pillow10.33

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Exped SynMat UL7M pad11.01

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Foam Pad10.07

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Granite Gear Crown VC 60 b/p12.13

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Granite Gear Lineloc Lid10.56

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Sea to Summit Electronics bag10.04

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Sierra Sniveller Quilt11.50

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Tarp, cord, stakes, extra cord11.86

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Base Total1111.74

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Clothing2 pr monkey socks20.26

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Acrylic Maroon beanie10.15

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Brown monkey gloves10.09

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Button down blue Columbia shirt10.61

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Crew t-shirt10.33

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Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs10.13

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Five fingers shoes10.75

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GoLite Trail Shorts10.33

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GoLite Tumalo Trinity 2.5 pants10.44

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Heattech long underwear top10.38

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Heattech T-shirt10.21

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OR Helium II jacket10.41

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Clothing Total134.08

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CookingBrunton clip light10.04

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Gerber Mini Paragrame knife10.09

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Snow peak blue spoon10.03

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Snow peak titanium 450 mug10.13

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Cooking Total40.28

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ExtrasField Notes10.07

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Kindle Wifi 2 in foam10.64

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Mophie Juice Pack10.16

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Pilot G-2 Mini10.01

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Solio Mono-a Solar Charger10.23

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Sony NEX-5N with extra battery10.63

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Extras Total61.74

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Survival20.00

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Camp Photon Wire carabiner10.06

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Crew first aid kit10.94

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Mini Bic10.03

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Orange plastic trowel10.12

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Quake Care10.11

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Silva with mirror10.09

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Small whistle10.01

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Stormproof10.01

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Survival Total101.37

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Toiletries60.00

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Bug repellent10.11

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Sham wow10.04

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Toiletries Total80.15

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Water20 oz Gatorade bottle20.15

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2L Platypus Hoser10.22

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4L Platypus10.23

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Aquamira liquid purification10.19

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Water Total50.79

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Carried Total5720.14

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WornClothingCotton Bandana10.04

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Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Briefs10.14

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GoLite Race Hat10.12

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Kuhl convertible pants10.92

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Montrail hikers11.60

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Philmont T-shirt10.34

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Wigwam Cool-Lite Hiker Pro socks10.16

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Clothing Total73.32

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ExtrasiPhone with case10.36

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Extras Total10.36

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Worn Total83.68

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Grand Total6523.83