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In addition, each member of the crew should have in their carry-on bag a copy of their record and both sides of their insurance card in case of an emergency during travel to and from Philmont. A second copy of each crew member’s medical record should be left at home with the family or someone else who will be available by telephone the day of arrival at Philmont AND who has access to a fax machine. A third copy of the form, including both sides of the medical insurance card, is needed to make a complete set of back-up copies that will be carried to Philmont by a second advisor.
The adult advisors are responsible for reviewing and making sure all medical forms for their crew are correct and complete BEFORE departing for Philmont. NOTE: "Other" should used on the "Religious Preference" line if the crew member is not a member of a particular religion, rather than "NA" or "none."
Each participant in a Philmont trek must not exceed the maximum acceptable weight for their height as shown on the BSA Health and Medical Record form. This policy is strictly enforced. There are no exceptions for crew members 21 years old and over. However, in the past for youth the form has stated “For participants under 21 years of age who exceed the maximum acceptable weight for height, the Philmont physicians will use their best professional judgment in determining participation in a Philmont trek. Philmont will consider up to 20 pounds over the maximum acceptable as stated on the chart, however exceptions are not made automatically, and discussion in advance with Philmont is required regarding any exception to the weight limit for persons under 21 years of age. Philmont's phone number is 575-376-2281. Under no circumstances will any individual weighing more than 295 pounds be permitted to participate in backcountry programs."
· Get regular vigorous exercise to condition your lungs and your body
· Drinking plenty of fluids while avoiding alcohol several days before traveling
· Acclimate yourself gradually to higher elevations to give your body time to adapt.
In the unlikely event of AMS in Colorado or at Philmont, the mainstay of treatment is rest, fluids, and mild analgesics such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Persons with a history of AMS may wish to consult their physician AND the medical staff at Philmont about a prescription drug called Diamox.