The final push to the top
Photo Credit Karen Kelly 2006; Troop 185, Waterford, MI; Expedition 622-F1; Trek 21
|Google Earth Support Added||As a replacement to the routes capability depricated several seasons ago I'm addiing Google Earth support to PhilSearch. |
Phase I, rolling out now, includes itinerary support from the detailed treks page (strating with 2019 treks).
Phase II will add details from the Campsite details pages.
Future phases will include discreet routes between intinerary stops, route placement for Fantasy Treks (Autumn Adventure) as well as custom .KMZ file creation for download into GPS' or other GIS software. Usage of this feature requires that Google Earth Pro be configured on your PC. Google Earth Pro is free and available here
I hope this feature is useful to you all. - Jim
|Browser choices||As much as I hate to say it, IE and Edge just arent consistantly rendering pages correctly … I haven't tried chrome but I can tell you FireFox consistantly gets it right …|
|2018 & 2019 updates||2019 data is loaded and first pass verification & correction has been completed. I've declared vistory regarding year over year trek mapping. I trully appreciate another set of eyes or two on this data and welcome all comments regarding errors, and there are still some left I'm sure, to the PhilSearch Facebook page please|
|2017 7 Day Treks||Sorry for the delay, seven day treks are loaded …. PhilSearch declares 4 new treks 705.708,709 & 713. If you don't like PhilSearchs year over year mapping, check out the "compare one trek to all treks" report on the tools page for a complete analysis. Happy Treking in '17 … Jim|
|2017 / 2016 Compares||I made some corrections (fixed a bug) in the comparision tooling to provide more accurate trek compares. There is as slight change in my philosophy this year due to the scope of change, when PhilSearch's trekmap says 2017 trek 5 *is* 2016 trek 7 it is really saying 2017 trek 5 is most similar to 2016 trek 7 … I believe that most of the 2017 treks are new creations, that said, those that have used 2016's treks book to shape their thinking for 2017 really want to know which 2017 treks are most like the ones I like in 2016, the compare tools are al about that …|
|2017 long treks||2016 12 day trek information has been loaded into PhilSearch …. And is being verified …. Please report any anomolies to firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 day treks will be loaded when available. This is one of those years with lots of changes, PhilSearches scoring system was able to find close similarity between 32 of the 35 long treks. I encourage you to score the treks you are interested in yourself using the "compare 1 trek to all treks' tool on the tools page.|
|2017||The annual infrastructure update in anticipation of arrival of the 2017 Treks data is complete. All we need now is the data. Progress on a modern replacement for the PS UI remains slow, as does progress on re-encorporating meaningful routes. All are on "the list" but are a bit much for the one-man show that is PS. Patience friends, I'll get there. YiS Jim.|
|Error Registering for site or requesting password||A problem related to creation of an account or a request to retrieve an account password has been corrected. Those of you that have tried to create accounts but received an error likely succeeded. To retrieve a password for an existing account, use your email address as the userid and check the 'forgot password' box, it will be emailed to you. Or, you can simply create a new account.|
|2016 Trek Data||2016 12 day and 7 day trek information has been loaded into PhilSearch …. And is being verified …. Please report any anomolies to email@example.com|
|Retooling||PhilSearch is ten years old and so is the underlying technology which is based on MS FrontPage, asp, jet and hand coded HTML. It is too old to be simply called 'out of date' or 'deprecated'. The first step in modernizing PS was made last spring when server side FP extenstions were disabled, the second step, removing FP dependencies in authoring has been made … so the cord has been cut. While a new site and tooling is being designed, copious amounts of duct-tape and baleing wire are being employed to keep PS working. As the new site comes on line there will be a significant 'back to basics' approach taken … not quite back to the Dan Yoder inspired 2006 first edition, but certainly a renewed focus on trek selection and modeling features. Your feedback this year as to the things of value will help guide us through this rewrite. Happy New Year|
|R.I.P Chope Phillips||Elliott Waite “Chope” Phillips, age 97, peacefully left this world Sunday, April 26, 2015 in his home surrounded by loved ones. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3:00 pm in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Jo Roberts Craig officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers. Elliott Waite “Chope” Phillips, was born January 11, 1918, in Okmulgee Oklahoma, to Waite and Genevieve Phillips. He graduated from Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, in 1935. During his youth he loved being in the mountains of New Mexico riding horses and working cattle with the cowboys at Philmont, his family’s ranch just outside of Cimarron, New Mexico. He continued his education by attending Menlo College and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. While in California, Chope and his friends enjoyed going to local county fairs, frequently returning with a lamb or a goat to be cooked for a meal. Each summer he drove with his friends down Route 66 to Cimarron where they would spend the summer working with the ranch hands at Philmont. They especially enjoyed leading the packhorses to the family’s favorite spot, “Fish Camp.” In 1940, following college, Chope moved to Winfield, Kansas and began working for the Hawkeye Oil Company. In 1941 he moved to Philmont, and assumed full charge of the acreage north of Cimarron. Upon, his father’s, Waite Phillips’ donation of Philmont to the Boy Scouts of America, Chope relocated to the Bough House in the town of Cimarron. In late 1942, Chope enlisted and was inducted into the army at Fort Bliss, a United States Army post serving New Mexico and Texas located in El Paso, Texas. He was later stationed at Sheppard Air Force base in Wichita Falls, Texas, and the Amarillo Army Air Field in Amarillo, Texas. He received his officer training in the Officer Candidate School at the Miami Beach Training Center in Miami, Florida, graduating April 1, 1944. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and returned to Amarillo to lead training at the Bivouac Camp north of the town. He received Winter Training at Ft. Carson near Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Aviation Corps training in San Antonio, Texas. Weekends off during his time in the army were often spent at Philmont. He loved riding his favorite horses in the mountains he had grown to love as a young boy. In late 1945, he purchased his first ranch (Old Ranch) located near Maes, New Mexico. He loved showing family and friends “his” first ranch. His girlfriend, soon to be his wife, Virginia, C. C. Boyd, as well as other family and friends, frequently visited the ranch. They helped with ranch chores and enjoyed spending the day swimming, and fishing in the “old fishing hole”. April 19, 1947, he married his soul mate, Virginia Lee, with whom he shared a mutual love of New Mexico, the outdoors and ranching. Together in 1958, they purchased their ranch located in San Miguel and Mora counties in New Mexico. Chope enjoyed raising horses, maintaining a herd of mother cows, and pasturing steers each summer. He loved being horseback. Buck Ray was his prized stallion while Blackbird, Miss Crow Creek and Taffy were favorite mares and mothers of colts he enjoyed raising. Chope and Virginia loved sharing the ranch with family and friends throughout the years. Many times guests rode around the ranch, even helping with cattle work on several occasions. His older grandsons, Bill, John and David enjoyed spending time on the ranch with Chope and driving “Old Blue.” His younger grandchildren, Lela and Hunter, both share fond memories of driving and riding around the ranch with their beloved Granddad. The ranch was Chope and Virginia’s permanent residence until their retirement and sale in 2002. Following the sale of their ranch, Virginia and Chope moved to Amarillo, Texas. They anxiously awaited the arrival of their first granddaughter in February of 1994. They enjoyed being back in Amarillo, reconnecting with friends and memories. Trips overseas and visiting friends and relatives became a larger part of their lives during retirement. Chope’s love of ranching continued after retirement, as he rode horses and helped Amarillo ranching friends with their cattle work, mostly branding, into his early 90’s. He was a mentor and friend to many ranchers. During his lifetime, Chope was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association and the Cimarron Maverick Club. He was a lifetime member of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a member of the Philmont Scout Ranch Committee. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was recognized as a Rancher, Philanthropist and Scout Benefactor when he was awarded their highest honor the Silver Buffalo in May of 1998. In 2005, Chope was one of five ranchers from New Mexico and Texas selected to receive the Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman Award presented by the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library in Midland, Texas. The appellation “true cowmen” is applied to both men and women who have literally “grown up” with cattle on a ranch somewhere in the southwest and who through a long lifetime have lived and worked with cattle horseback, particularly mother cows, in addition to making their living, at least to a considerable extent, from the “cow business.” All awardees are also “horsemen.” That moniker does not imply that they raise and sell horses, though some do. It means that they are experienced at riding and developing, or training young horses, to become “finished” cow horses.” It also means that these cowmen have worked their herds of cattle horseback for a lifetime and still avoid doing anything with cattle “a foot” that can be done smoother, easier and with fewer injuries to the stock while in the saddle. Chope was preceded in death by his parents Waite and Genevieve Phillips, his sister Helen Jane Breckinridge, and his beloved wife of 64 years, Virginia Lee Phillips. He is survived by his children, Julie Phillips Puckett, Amarillo, John Elliott Phillips and wife Tami of Amarillo, and Wendy Lee Drewry and husband William Wallace Drewry III of Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was affectionately known as “Granddad” to his grandchildren Lela Phillips Puckett and Marshall “Hunter” Puckett II, and known as “Chope” by his grandsons William Wallace Drewry IV, John S. Drewry, and David R. Drewry, and seven great grandchildren. The family wishes to express gratitude to his caregivers, Wanda Johnson, Guillermo and Simona Cabello, and Nettie Tucker who cared for him these past few years. Special thanks are also expressed for the loving care he received from Goodcare Home Health Services and Hospice Care of the Southwest, especially his loving nurse, B. J. Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Philmont Scout Ranch, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714. Attn: Steve Nelson. Please include: Memorial Gift for Elliott W. “Chope” Phillips. Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.|
|7 Day Trek Data Loaded (Unverified)||7 Day Trek Data is available … Help with verification appreciated …comments / updates / questions to Jim@PhilSearch.org|
|12 Day Tek Data Verified||12 Day Trek Data is available and verified … comments / updates / questions to Jim@PhilSearch.org|
|What a harrowing 24 hours||Well, long story short, with in minutes of completing the data load for 2015 on Sunday the 8th the whole site came tumbling down. There were a couple of issues, most resolved, involving the hosting service, but I came very close to "losing the recipe" for PhilSearch. Its mostly all back today, and I'd love feedback on the 2015 data quality to Jim@PhilSearch.org|
|Preliminary 2015 12 day trek data available||12 Day Trek Data is available … comments / updates / questions to Jim@PhilSearch.org|
|2014 Trek Verification||Due mainly to a comment received on the FB page from Scott Walker who pointed out errors in the 2014 trek data I've begun a top to bottom quality review of that data in advance of 2015's data load. I've got treks 1-10 verified, but I'd like a few volunteers, besides Scott who has offered to help with the 2015 exercise, to verify both my 2014 updates as well as the 2015 data soon after I load that. Emal to Jim@philsearch.org please if you want to help|
|Does Anyone Care||Does PhilSearch provide a useful service or is it just hobby for me? … its important to know … It takes a fair amount of effort over a very short period of time to load the annual trek data into PS each year. If no one uses it then I can save myself a lot of effort. So let me know. A faceBook like of the PhilSearch Page is as good a way as any to do so … or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a few pictures from a recent trek … perhaps from the photos needed section. This will be PhilSearch's 10th season, it’s a labor of love, a one man show, with no help from Philmont or the BSA. And so I'd like to know that it makes a difference for someone.|
|Web Site Changes||I'm doing a few things in preparation for a major facelift that will take months to accomplish:|
First, frames are out, meaning that the menu is now at ribbon at the top of each page, not along the side. As a result you might have to scroll up to navigate …
Second, the picture on the homepage is full size now, in 2005 it was about bandwidth, in 2014 not so much.
Third, I'm deprecating features that are largely unused … the WFA registry for instance that was created during the 2010 WFA rollout at the PTC. No one used it … so its gone … or at least hidden away. More things will go too …
|Survey||A short and hopefully not too annoying survey (one question) has been added to the home page that is required before PhilSearch features are available. The site does not store cookies, but does use your IP address to remember you participated, so as a result you will see the question again if you change network connections … sorry … its but one question and an important one at that, so please do the two clicks for the greater good. Thanks Jim|
|Short Treks (7 Day) support added||Support for the so called 'short treks' has been added. These treks, numbered 701-715, will appear in search results. Ways to filter / limit searches to 11 day or 7 day treks will be added in the future. Please report any anomolies in the system as previously PhilSearch was limited to 35 definitions. There are quirks in the system, but it generally is holding itself together.|
|2014 Treks Data has been loaded but verification has not been completed. The 2014 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. Thankfully 2014's changes are minimal, with only one new trek, 34. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. As always I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omissions or other issues.|
|2013 Treks Data has (finally) been loaded but verification has not been completed. The 2013 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. Like 2012, 2013's changes are significant … its better to think of it as 35 new treks than the typical 1 or 2 new treks, half a dozen tweaks and some minor changes. Even so, an attempt has been made to map this year's to similar prior years treks, but I would recommend the find similar treks report as your guide. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. As always I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omissions or other issues.|
|Treks Data being loaded||2013 Trek Data is incorrect …. It is being updated and will be in place in advance of the 2014 trek data load on March 15th.|
|Trek Selection Tools Updated for 2013||The trek selection tools (ballots, process and activities backgrounder) have been updated in support of 2013 Trek selection. Look for 2013 itinerary data to be available in mid-March.|
|Mobile App||I'm seriously considering building a mobile version of PhilSearch. If I were to do so what would be your platform of choice? iOS or Android. Let me know by emailing your response to the webmaster|
|Apologies||The Web Idiot let his day job get in the way and didn't renew PhilSearch's domain name on-time. He's a little poorer for it but managed to retrieve it before it was sold to some Nigerian Prince's investment company.|
|2012 Trek Selection Advice||For all intents and purposes the 2012 treks are completely new. There are some similarities but they are really coincidental. Several new camps and activities have been added so the 'Treks Book' deserves a careful look. This all represents a significant revamp on the ranches part. With the help of the usual suspects, Julian Love & Al Thomson, I've done the best I can to provide some mapping. My best advice is this … take a deep breath and If you have trek selection criteria (desired,required program or campsites) used with PhilSearch and the 2011 dataset, simply re-run it using the 2012 dataset.|
In addition there are several useful comparison reports available on the Tools & Reports Page …
'Intineraries at a glance' highlights campsite changes in an easy to read format.
'Summary of Differences' will detail differences based on year to year mapping, but this year is of limited value.
'Compare one trek to all treks' will do detailed comparison of any one trek from any year to all others from another year … so you could take each of your top 5 based on 2011 and get a ranked report of those considered similar for 2012.
While I am working on some advanced tooling to try take your top 5 based on 2011 and find the best 5 matches from 2012, every change I make risks breaking the whole site so don't wait for the Map Treks report to appear quickly … it will take several days as I limit the times when I make the site unstable.
|2012 Trek Data Loaded||2012 Treks Data has been loaded but verification has not been completed. The 2012 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. This years changes are significant … its better to think of it as 35 new treks than the typical 1 or 2 new treks, half a dozen tweaks and some minor changes. Even so, an attempt has been made to map this year's to similar prior years treks, but I would recommend the find similar treks report as your guide. Or, given that you have time, re-run your preferences using 2012 data. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omissions or other issues.|
|PhilSearch primed for 2012 Trek Selection||Skeleton tables for 2012 have been created and loaded into the database and activated. All that is needed is the 2012 data to populate them with which is expected this week.|
|Did you know?||PhilSearch has a Trek Rendevous feature … register your trek and see who you will meet on the trail and where. For council contingents it makes simple work of determining rendevous points. It handles multiple departure dates and allows filtering by council, crew numbers or departure day. Try it by clicking here or by choosing tools and reports from the menu on the left.|
|Trek Selection Delayed||From www.philmontscoutranch.org:|
"We are experiencing network problems, please be patient with us as we work to resolve this issue. No crews have been able to enter their selections and confirm an itinerary. In order to be fair to all crews we are shutting the system down for today.
A new date will be determined once the problem has been resolved. An email will be sent to all crews alerting them of the new itinerary selection date. This new date will also be posted on this webpage.
Philmont apologizes for this inconvenience. We know how important this is to you and your crew. We thank you for your patience."
We recommend monitoring www.scouting.org/philmont for further information
|2011 Data Loaded||2011 Treks Data has been loaded but verification has not been completed. The 2011 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omissions or other issues.|
|PhilSearch updated for 2011 - PRELIMINARY||Thanks to Al Thomson, My friend at Patriot's Path Council, I've updated PhilSearch using his analysis. I have one modification, Al indicated Trek 31 was new for 2011, I see it as heavily changed. Trek Descriptions have not been updated yet, so ignore the prose for the moment. I'll continue a detailed verification over the next few days and with your help and feedback have a verfied database by the end of the weekend. There are new activities and campsites for 2011, see the comparison tabs in the activities and camps pages for more on these.|
|PhilSearch pass 1 verification complete||The 2011 intineraries have been verified and updated based on the Treks information posted on the Philmont site. Nearly every trek has some change, most very minor in nature. There seems to have been a concerted effort to add Conservation opportunities to each intinerary, to add the complete offering for a camp where in the past a subset was offered and in cases where you have multiple opportunities for an activity like Black Powder, it is indicated where it was not in previous years. Finally, I may have made transcription errors in 2010 and omitted items. I'll reverify all these things in the next few days. One other item of note, Trek 22 shows a visit to the Kit Carson Museum on the Day two hike from the Zastro TA to Rayado River camp … this is likely an error .. I've sent a note off to the Ranch indicating my suspicions.|
|Registered Rendevous Implemented||A customized rendevous report is available via the Tools & Reports Page|
|Philmont On-Line Trek Selection is Open||The on-line Trek Selection Process is open and available at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HighAdventure/Philmont.aspx|
|Philmont On-Line Trek Selection Status||Problems with the the on-line trek selection website have delayed "T Day" from 3/29 to 3/31 … Current status is available http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HighAdventure/Philmont.aspx. Do not call the ranch for status, rather use national's website (above).|
|2010 Trek Data Loaded||2010 Treks Data has been loaded but verification has not been completed. The 2010 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omissions or other issues.|
|"January" updates completed.||Skeleton tables for 2010 have been created and loaded into the database and activated. All that is needed is the 2010 data to populate them with. …. It will be here sooner than you think.|
|Fall 2009 Updates completed||I've completed a few bug fixes to both the 2009 data set as well as some logic in prep for the 2010 season. There will be another set of updates in early January to prep for the addition of th 2010 treks data in support of 2010 Trek planning. As has been the case in recent years we expect the data to be available mid-March and have come to expect fairly disruptive changes as trek renumbering has occurred in two of the last four years.|
I'm also still looking for some specific photos to fill the last few gaps in the photo album. I was hoping that returning crews from 2007 (then 2008, then 2009) would get this task behind us, but unfortunately this just hasn't happened yet …. Please click here for a list of current needs and contribute;
|Julian Love's Trek Comparison Grid||Julian has graciously allowed me to post the current version of his year over year trek comparision grid in the files section for your use.its hiding in the "Crew trek selection tools" section below.|
|2009 Treks||2009 Treks Data has been loaded and verification has been completed. The 2009 data set is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire. I welcome any feedback as to anomolies, omittions or other issues as the process of loading the data into PhilSearch is manual and error prone.|
|Bandwidth||Its difficult to predict the impact on the site with the release of 2009 Treks information. I'll be monitoring the site and will make adjustments as required to meet bandwidth demands. Please remember that this site is provided to you without charge but has very real costs and so excess bandwidth, while available, is not pre-provisioned but rather purchased as needed. Please be patient.|
|Trek Selection Tools Updated||The Trek Selection tools (Crew Trek Selection Tools below) have been updated with 2008 information to support 2009 Trek Planning.|
|2008 Treks||2008 Treks Data has been loaded and verified and is now the default data set used by PhilSearch. A summary of trek changes is available in the tools & reports section of the site. The 'intineraries at a glance' and 'summary of differences' reports provide the best insight with specific details avaliable in the later. Previous years datasets can still be loaded through the tools and reports page as you desire.|
|2008 Treks||2008 Treks Data has been formatted and verified and will be uploaded and released on 3/15/2008 per our agreement with Ranch management. 2008 represents a fairly light year change wise (as opposed to 2007) with very few material trek changes along with a number of very minor changes to a small number of treks.|
|Bandwidth||Its difficult to predict the impact on the site with the release of 2008 Treks information on 3/15. I'll be monitoring the site and will make adjustments as required to meet bandwidth demands. Please remember that this site is provided to you without charge but has very real costs and so excess bandwidth, while available, is not pre-provisioned but rather purchased as needed. Please be patient.|
|Trek Selection Tools Updated||The Trek Selection tools (Crew Trek Selection Tools below) have been updated with 2007 information to support 2008 Trek Planning.|
|Winter, 2007/2008 News||PhilSearch has achieved a level of steady state in the last 6 months or so. As a contrast their have been four updates of the logic in 2007 as opposed to 25 in 2006. This is largedly a result of most outstanding feature requests being addressed (those that remain are just hard to implement). Another way of stating this is that I am out of ideas on how to improve the site. I'm always looking for new ideas, so please let me know if there is a capability you require or desire.by submitting a feature request, below|
I'm also still looking for some specific photos to fill the last few gaps in the photo album. I was hoping that returning crews from 2007 would get this task behind us, but unfortunately this just hasn't happened yet …. Please click here for a list of current needs and contribute;
|Fall, 2007 News||Support for Autumn Adventure Added|
vB04 introduces a trek editor that allows you to create your own trek. While intended primarily for those planning Autumn Adventures, this capability will be expanded to support short treks (end of season) and fantasy treks (if I were in charge, this is what trek 35 would be). You must register to use this capability. Registration allows you to store as many treks as you would like. In the near future a capability will be released that will allow you to share your treks either with a circle of your choosing, or the general public.
Photos needed … still I'm still looking for some specific photos to fill the last few gaps in the photo album. I was hoping that returning crews from 2007 would get this task behind us, but is just hasn't happened yet …. Please click here for a list of current needs;
|PhilSearch is Moving||Congratulations, You've found PhilSearch's new home.|
Everything should work, but please report any odd behavior to the webmaster.
Details of the B04 release will be forthcoming, the short story reveals two primary areas of attention: Support for Autumn Adventure / Dynamic Treks and infrastructure changes to support a move in hosting services and a domain name change.
|Happy Birthday||PhilSearch is one year this week. What a difference a year makes.|
PhilSearch enjoys a fairly constant hit rate and usage analysis indicates that on the order of 500 crews +/- used PhilSearch in planning their 2007 treks.
In the past twelve months PhilSearch has evolved from a small and simple application that allowed trek searching to a rather sophisticated tool that provides complex search criteria; has a rich library of over 1200 photos, provides a contextual virtual tour, and has a rich set of tools to allow trek analysis.
PhilSearch's future remains bright. In the next twelve months PhilSearch will provide support for group coolaboration in trek selection, improved mapping, support for Ranch Hands, Cavalcades and Autumn Adventure.
|August, 2007 News||It’s hard to believe that PhilSearch is a year old this month … it has come a long way in the past year. |
Its been a couple of months since I’ve made any significant changes for a variety of reasons, perhaps chief among them the fact that I’m running out of ideas and those that remain on the are difficult. The first of the tough ones is finally complete: Saved & Stored Searches. I had indicated in June that this long standing request was nearing completion. I’m finally ready to release that capability generally as I believe I’ve vanquished the last issue. This feature allows you to refine searches without having to re-enter all the parameters and also allows you to save one or more searches for use during a subsequent session. Enhancements in the future will focus on group collaboration in support of trek selection. There are several components to the capability:
• Revising a search: Buttons are on the bottom of the search results page that allow you to either start a new search or revise the current search.
• Invoking a saved search: A list of saved searches is included on the base trek search page, selecting a saved search will populate the selections on the page which you can then either modify or submit.
• Saving a search: An additional button is present on the search results page that will allow you to save search criteria. This capability requires that you create a PhilSearch account.
At this time there is no limit to the number of searches you can store, although abuse could cause me to re-think this. Your searches don’t expire and can be retrieved in later sessions. Future capabilities will allow a crew to share searches, results and ultimately collaborate on trek selection. The registration process is automatic and instantaneous and, of course, free
|March, 2007 News||PhilSearch update for 2007 - Read Me First!|
As a result of extraordinary help & cooperation with Philmont, and specifically Doug Palmer, PhilSearch was provided with the opportunity for an early look at the 2007 Treks Book and as a result has been able to update PhilSearch's database for 2007 in advance of the general release date.
As I previously reported there have been significant changes in trek numbering, and a re-assessment of trek difficulty has caused many treks to have their difficulty rating changed. To help you digest these changes several new tools and reports have been added to PhilSearch for 2007, specifically:
A report that shows year to year trek number mapping
A report that provides a summary of differences for 2006/2007.
A tool that allows detailed 1:1 comparison between any two treks from any year(s).
A tool that allows any single trek to be compared to all treks for a given year.
In addition some tables and reports that were in previous treks books have been eliminated. As a result I've created facsimiles or enhanced versions of these reports:
An enhanced form of the ‘Itineraries at a glance’ report with changes highlighted.
A tool that shows rendezvous opportunities for up to 16 itineraries on the same or different starting dates.
All of these tools and reports are available via the 'Tools & Reports' button on the tool bar. While most of you have probably figured out the bulk of the changes, I'm hopeful that those of you with the task ahead of you find these efforts helpful. Even if you've completed trek selection, I hope these changes help you in the coming months to fine tune your trek.
|March, 2007 News||February, like January was intentionally a quiet month in anticipation of Trek Selection in mid March. That said a number of changes are required for PhilSearch to support 2007 Trek Selection. First the pedestrian stuff:
•About 40 new photos were added to the database – thanks and keep them coming, there are still a number of camps & activities with no photo coverage
•The Trek Report now includes a listing of program opportunities that are not listed on the official itinerary but that are offered at locations the trek will visit. In some cases these are intentional omissions; Philmont will schedule you once for an activity but you might visit multiple camps that offer it; others are errors. This feature is in early form and so it isn’t perfect. For one thing it doesn’t handle layovers yet.
Work this month centered on features in support of 2007 Trek selection. A collection of tools and reports have been added in anticipation of significant trek renumbering:
•A table that maps itineraries year to year including difficulty.
•A tool that allows detailed 1:1 comparison between any two itineraries from any year(s).
•A tool that allows any single itinerary to be compared to all itineraries for a given year – intended as a way of finding similar itineraries or possible replacements for deleted itineraries.
•An enhanced form of the ‘Itineraries at a glance’ report with changes highlighted.
•A tool that shows rendezvous opportunities for up to 16 (if you need more let me know…) itineraries on the same or different starting dates.
Even with all the photos that have been added more are needed. The list of needs is maintained in the Photo Album. A pass through the Virtual Tour also provides some clues as to some of these needs.
As always your comments, good or bad, and suggestions are welcome.
|Trek Renumbering||I have confirmed with Philmont that nearly all treks will receive new trek numbers for the 2007 season.|
This is a result of improved mapping and profiling which allowed a reaccessment of overall trek difficulty. So in addition to renumbering you should expect that a number of treks are reclassified in terms of diffculty (challenging, rugged .. etc). I'm told that the number of intineraries that will have material changes will be small as has been the general case in recent years.
This means that the trek number(s) you have zeroed in on are almost certainly going to change for 2007.
Philmont's official web site (Scouting.Org/Philmont) as well as PhilSearch carry warnings that the data supplied is based on the prior year's Treks Book and that you need to check the current Treks book before submitting your final selections, this is more true than ever in 2007.
Philmont has indicated that their web site will be updated on 3/15/2007 with 2007 data. I'm working with Philmont to provide the same results in PhilSearch, that is to have 2007 data loaded, verified and available on 3/15 as well.
The Compare Treks Feature is provided so that you can see changes in intineraries year over year. It will include trek number mapping for 2006-2007 when it is available. Compare Treks has also been enhanced to provide two other trek comparision features in to aid in comparing treks:
1. You can compare a specific trek from one year to all treks from another year … this feature is designed to address the situation where your favorite trek has been dramatically changed (15 or 27 for '05 to '06 for instance) and you want to find the next best choice.
2. You can compare any two treks to one another.
|Looking for Photographer||I have a large number of photos which were supplied to me in late August (I believe) that slipped through the cracks and were not posted. I have the zip files but no record of who provided them. If you submitted photos and they weren't posted, please look at this photo:|
12/26 - Mystery solved - Thanks to Allen Jones of Oklahoma City, OK for this collection of photos - Click on Allen's name in the contributors list to see his photos.
|Autumn Adventure||Thanks to Calvin Gray I have some beautiful photos of the Casa Del Galvian, a B&B within Philmont's borders and of Beaubien under snow. Until I figure out how, and if, Autumn Adventure & Kanik will be part of PhilSearch I've included Autumn Adventure as one of the photo sets on the Photo Album page.|
|Trek Summaries Verified||Thanks to the hard work and patience of Doug Latimer of Plano, TX for verifying the output of PhilSearch with the 2006 Itinerary summaries from the Ranch …. (and creating a slew of database changes for me!). These are in process, once complete this positions us with an accurate modeling tool until the 2007 data becomes available and will expedite the process of loading the 2007 data into PhilSearch.|
|Curiosities||Thanks to Craig Maes of Plymouth, MI for contributing the photos of a long abandoned fire ring and totem poles at Cimmaroncito. These artifacts apparently date from the earliest days of the ranch when treks were run between several base camps, Cito among them. These photos can be seen by selecting Camps and then Cimmaroncito.|
|100% of Staffed Camps have Photos!||Thanks to Craig Maes of Plymouth, MI for providing photos of the last few staffed camps to put us at 100%. We still need photos of some activities and trail camps .. Click here for a list of current needs, and email me here if you are able to contribute..|
|Advanced Trek Search||A beta version of the advance trek search feature is available on the menu bar.|
This feature allows you to specify required elements as well as desired elements.
This feature is not yet fully debugged, however it is largely functional. Feel free to report problems using the comments button.
|Dedication||This web site is dedicated to the literally thousands of Scouters who share their love of Philmont with youth and adults alike each season.|
It is also dedicated to the scouting community at large without whom it would neither be possible or necessary. I'd like to recognize Dan Yoder for his ground breaking work in the area of web based trek modeling; Ben Salinas for his vision in attempting to construct a virtual tour of the ranch; Selden Ball for providing us with one stop shopping for information on the Ranch. Also I'd like to acknowledge Al Thomson, Tom Wills, Julian Love and Dr. Bob for their numerous contributions to the Philmont community and specifically to the "Peaks" project. Finally I'd like to thank the countless others who have provided, and continue to provide, encouragement, ideas, support and feedback.
|Assistance Requested||I need your help. I'm attempting to get a photo or two for every camp and every activity at each venue so that the virtual trek feature can take you everywhere. Click here for a list of current needs, and email me here if you are able to contribute. Thanks!! - Jim 8/12/2006|
|PhilSearch Version using 2019 data set.|
This web site is not officially sanctioned by Philmont or the Boy Scouts of America
The information on this site is provided as is and should be verified against official Philmont publications before being used for final trek selection.
PhilSearch is provided as a service of the Chester County Council, PA. High Adventure Committee - WWW.CCCBSA.ORG
Please DO NOT contact the council office for support regarding this site, instead email the webmaster