Solana Beach Scout Troop visits Sierras

Boy Scout Troop 782 of Solana Beach just completed an 8-day trans-Sierra backpacking trek. L-R: Scoutmaster Rich McGuire, Randy Mohler, Matt Mohler, Clinton Alden, Danielle Post, Trey Post, Martin Banks, Tyler Chae-Banks, Colin Molitor, Charlie Molitor, Joseph Molitor, and Anthony Balsano. Courtesy photo

Boy Scout Troop 782 of Solana Beach just completed an eight-day trans-Sierra backpacking trek starting at Mineral King in Sequoia National Park and finishing 60 miles later at Whitney Portal, reaching the 14,505-foot summit on Aug. 1.

This trek required months of training, and was more difficult than the usual loops most troops do, since the only way home was to press on to the Portal. Highlights included the Kern River Hot Springs, meeting fellow backpackers, and the search for the undocumented “Cowboy Campsite” in Rattlesnake Canyon.

Troop 782 meets at Skyline and St. James on Monday evenings, and welcomes eligible and interested young men to join them for a meeting and to explore their fun and character-building program.