Climbing to the Top

The Navigators of OR-1531 pushed themselves to the limit during their October adventure, taking the Browder Ridge Trail up to Wildcat Peak.  Browder Ridge Trail to Wildcat Peak is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult by hikers.  This is a beautiful trail, mostly through forest, with small mountain meadows full of wildflowers, ferns, and epic views of many Cascade volcanoes.

It was the most challenging hike the Troop had taken, with significant elevation gain.  Some of the Trailmen were close to breaking, but with the encouragement of their patrol, persevered.  At the top of the peak, the Trailmen were able to see the Three Sisters, Mt Thielsen, Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, Mt Bachelor and Diamond Peak along with the distant Pacific Coastal Range.  It was the perfect place for the Patrol to praise God and meditate on the Glorious mysteries found in Scripture while praying the Rosary.

It was part of the Patrol’s on-gong process of earning the “Trail Skills” badge.  During previous meetings and the Nite Hike Camporee, they learned about Trail ethics, necessary safety, equipment, how to measure distances, and use a compass.  However, before they could earn the badge they needed to put these skills into practice.  One of the demonstrations was a hike with his patrol over five miles using a compass and map.

On top of the peak these Trailmen knew they had done something special.  They had competed a task that they were unsure they could do.  The hike was certainly the longest and most difficult any had done.  The character built will help them Walk Worthy in the future.

The patrol at the beginning of the hike!
After two miles of significant elevation gain, the Trailmen were ready for some rest and relaxation (and play).


Hiking along Browder ridge took the Trailmen through beautiful alpine meadows and old growth forest.


The Junior Patrol Leader for OR-1531, with map in hand, soaks in God’s grandeur.
On top of the mountain, the Patol’s spirits were as high as the elevation.
A Trailman Honors God.  The Patrol takes time to thank God for….. Everything!
Descending the Peak, the boys had to be especially conscious of safety.  They were tired and it was cold.  It even snowed a little as they made their way down.  However, everyone noted that they could comfortably shelter in place if they needed to, because they were prepared.

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