Saturday, October 30, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Double H Moonrise


October 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


There is something about the evenings in October...the air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing (or off the trees by this time) and the moon just seems larger in the sky. In this slide we see the outline of a mountain elk highlighted in moon rise.

The high adventure camp know as Double H was a part of Torstenson Family Wildlife Center from 2004 to 2009. Some called the treks to Double H "Philmont Extreme  adventure" as there were no established trails system so you had to be on your game with map and compass. Also without predetermined campsites, every encampment was highly Leave No Trace. Opinions vary on why the partnership was dissolved but for those how experienced the Double H, it was the experience of a lifetime.

Carved from reclaimed pallet wood, the slide is a leveled slide without many details. This is entirely on purpose as in the light from the moon, especially as it is just rising, highlights things like a standing shadow. Your not quite sure it's there as your eyes try to focus. The slide is painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished with a couple of coats of poly. 

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