Memories from hiking Philmont with my Nikon N6006

August 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I'm an Eagle Scout (Troop 55, St. John the Divine, Houston, TX) and one summer a group of us hiked Philmont, which we were told (and told, and told, and told) was the "Mecca of Scouting".  I hated it at the time but as time went on I came to appreciate the experience and today I'm grateful for it.

Nikon N6006Photo by Jimmy Smith (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmysmith). Used under Creative Commons license.

My brother is there now; he's as involved in Scouting now with his sons as much as our dad was with me in the 1990s.

It immediately made me think back to 16 years go when my (rather cocky) 13-year-old self sought some advice about what camera gear to take – back then I rocked a Nikon N6006.  The N6006 is the camera I learned on and Photo.net is how I became a self-taught photographer, starting at an early age.  It was a Christmas gift to my other brother, Matt, and as these things do it got passed down to me at some point.

Here's the post i made to Photo.net on February 4, 1999: "Going to Philmont Scout Ranch":

Hi - I'm going to Philmont with my Troop this summer. Were going over very rugged terrain in Northern New Mexico for two weeks. I have a Nikon N6006 that I'd like to take. I'm also planning on getting a new lens before the trip for the trip. Can anyone reccomend something for a 13 y/o who knows more about photography than most people my age, :-), and who is going in this very rugged area. I need to travel light. Also, is the N6006 an OK camera to take or would it be too heavy to hike w/ up and down mnts.?

From Photo.net Travel forum:
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?topic_id=23&msg_id=000NPJ​

I hadn't thought about this post in years!  It's great to think back on the days when I used a 35mm N6006, with my sweet prime lenses (kit lenses? please), and the gorgeous Fuji Velvia slide film I shot with.

Have fun at Philmont, Robert!


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