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Jim Hawkins Mountaineering Medal

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Sponsoring Council

Orange County

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This award was developed by Troop/Crew 1210 of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and honors Jim Hawkins, Chair of the LAAC High Adventure Team for over 30 years. The upper portion of the medal depicts Dusy Basin in King’s Canyon National Park and three creatures that inhabit the Sierra High Route: Yellow-bellied Marmot, Clark’s Nutcracker and Golden Trout. The lower portion shows the face of Mt. Whitney.

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Detailed Requirements


1. Earn any 4 Short-term High Adventure Backpacking Awards (Multiple Council Awards) or complete 4 weekend backpacks.

2. Earn any 2 Long-term High Adventure Backpacking Awards (Multiple Council Awards) or complete 2 long-term backpacks (6 days, 5 nights).

3. Climb and summit any two 10,000 foot plus peaks (for Pike’s Peak and Mt. Evans in CO, and other peaks that have a drive to road to the top, the trail must be used) in the United States.

4. Earn the Backpacking Merit Badge.

5. Earn either the Climbing or the Hiking Merit Badge.

*Awards may be earned together…for example, peaks climbed for requirement 3. can be used to earn any other High Adventure Award.

Another example…a backpack from Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney qualifies for requirements 2. and one half of 3. In addition, the John Muir Trail Award (GLAAC-HAT) may be earned.

Another example…if Mt. San Gorgonio is climbed as part of a weekend backpack…it satisfies requirements for 1. and one half of 3. In addition, the Mt. San Gorgonio Award (SDIC-HAT) may be earned. And the appropriate Short-term Backpacking Award may be earned.

And so on…

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