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The Boys Scouts of Cochise District had a High Adventure hike this month. This month's Hike to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of BSA was the longest of our hike (13 miles) and also took us to the highest point in the Huachuca Mountains. Our destination was Miller Peak (Elevation: 9466 ft) with our starting point being the Reef Townsite Campground (Elevation: 7200 ft). For a few of the boys the adventure started Friday night camping at the Trailhead. At 0830, Saturday the rest of the Scouts arrived and began getting their canteens and packs adjusted. They got their Safety Brief and by 0915 we were on the trail. The first 2.5 miles took us up towards Carr Peak, and we also climbed to 9000 feet elevation. From there we worked our way around the peak to the ridge between Carr and Miller Peaks and the Arizona/Crest Trails. By the time we got to Bath Tub Spring, everyone was in need of a break, and water refil. Filtered Spring water never tasted so good. Then it was on to Miller peak. The long slow climb had everyone doubting their sanity. Finally we made it to the Miller Peak Trail, with 1/2 a mile to go and 400 feet to climb we braced for the final push. Once on the top we could see for miles around, Mexico to the south, the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Mule Mountains to the east. The Santa Ritas to the west and even the Catalinas to the north west. There was a slight breeze which helped to keep the ladybugs (and there were a lot of them) from being to bothersome. After a short break, it was time to turn back. The boys were anxious for the Hamburger dinner waiting for them back at camp, and they only had to travel back the 6 1/2 miles. Our return route was much quicker, aided by the thought of food, the falling sunlight and the fact that most of the route was down hill. In the end all the boys slept well that night!