Alan and Keaton Graham
Both Alan & Keaton love the Boy Scouts of America. In 2011 Keaton earned his Eagle Scout. His older brother Decker earned his Eagle in 2004. Keaton and Alan both discovered their love for the back country and backpacking during a 2010 trek to Philmont. So taken by this magical place Keaton signed up for the Rayado trek during the summer of 2011. Rayado is a 20 day approximately 300 mile trek composed of boys who have never met. The motto of Rayado is “expect the unexpected”.
During the 2010 summer trek both Alan & Keaton were carrying pack weights of approximately 45 pounds each sometimes more. By the end of the trek there was no doubt in our minds there had to be a lighter way. Thus we embarked on our journey to go lighter. By May of 2011 Alan participated in the Montana’s BSA High Adventure Base Ultralight Backpacking Course. Keaton’s base pack weight for Rayado was less than 8 pounds and Alan’s base pack weight is generally less than 10 pounds.
In February 2011 Alan attended BSA’s adult training called Wood Badge. One of Alan’s ticket items was to develop a video series on backpacking lighter for scouts. In February 2012 we held a clinic at the Frank Fickett Scout Center in Austin featuring Grant Sible from Gossamer Gear and Philip Werner from SectionHiker.com along with several Scouters and Scouts.
Home: Austin, Texas
Age: Alan is 56 and Keaton is 18
Favorite Training Ground: Has to be Philmont Scout Ranch! What an awesome place that introduces about 20,000 young men and women per year to the joys of the outdoors in the back country. This summer will be Keaton’s fourth trip to Philmont and Alan’s third trip. Both of us have had the joy of experiencing Philmont in the winter. Second to Philmont would be our hiking the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail. It was awesome to begin in Pennsylvania and end up in West Virginia. Alan also loves the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. For those that love Texas Big Bend is a grand and spectacular place in the middle of a semi-arid desert. There are also many day hike opportunities in an around the Austin area.
Current Plans: Continue to introduce the Scouting community to the joys and benefits of packing lighter. Help us spread the word. There are over 2,700,000 Scouts in the United States dedicated to an outdoor program. This is fertile ground for the lightweight backpacking industry.