Tag: Hiking Club

Friendships Within the Hiking Club

Warren Wasescha I’ve been hiking with our club for five seasons now. I have hiked at all levels. I have hiked with many club members, both old and new. The one thing I’ve noted along the way is how friendly the club has been to me and to others. And it’s rewarding to see the…

April Musings from the Hiking Club

Club hikers enjoying the Boulder Canyon Trail; back row (left to right): Scott Downey, Ron Deraas, Joan Carlisle, Paul Feeney, David Coffman, Tim Donovan, and Steve Collier; front row (left to right): Fabiola Scotto and Shaun Collier (Photo by Tom Scotto)

Warren Wasescha Hard to believe this month is the end of our formal hiking for the season. The time has quickly flown by. The hikes have been good, the conversations on the trail great, and the relationships built priceless. But your hiking can continue through the summer. Just give a call to your club hiking…

Sun Lakes Hiking Club: Summer Hiking Rituals

One of eight staircases to hike and get your cardio going in Stillwater, Minn., not unlike Bisbee, Arizona's, many staircases (Photo taken last October by Warren Wasescha)

Warren Wasescha I’ve always wanted to take a helicopter ride, but not because of a need to be rescued from a mountainside for making a poor choice. This happened again last month when a 27-year-old hiker became ill after experiencing intense heat while hiking on Camelback Mountain. Of course, the rescue happened at 2 p.m.…

Sun Lakes Hiking Club—Summer Hiking Smarts

Sun Lakes Hiking Club members DeEtte Faith, Diane Alessi, and Henry Silberblatt enjoy the view near Tom's Thumb last month in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. (Photo by Henry Silberblatt)

Warren Wasescha As Valley temperatures reached 112°F, a friend called to say he caught the news of multiple hikers being rescued from trails due to fainting, heat stroke, and falls. Then last week, the news of a man rescued who stepped aside to let faster hikers pass, only to have the rock he leaned on…

Hiking Club January Highlights and February Events

Warren Wasescha Sixteen club members kicked off the new year by hiking to “Resolution Rock” at South Mountain to “fly” their resolutions through a special “rock portal” into the new year, followed by a “toast” at the trailhead afterwards. Word has it everyone is keeping their resolutions so far! In January, the Mellows enjoyed hikes…

Summer is for hiking too

Warren Wasescha It’s summer. It’s hot. And you wonder, does anyone hike mountain trails around the Valley at this time of year? While the Sun Lakes Hiking Club’s official hiking season is November through April, club members do continue to hike during the summer months. The game plan is just a bit different. Top on…

Ready, set, hike

  Judith Kuse The official hiking season for the Sun Lakes Hiking Club is November 1 through April 30, and it’s right around the corner. Here’s what you need to know. Preparation is key to successful hiking. To begin with, you can maximize your physical ability to hike by committing to an exercise routine that…

Tis the season

  Judith Kuse Spring has sprung here in Arizona, and summer is fast approaching. It’s rattlesnake season. Hikers, be on the lookout. Snakes are out of their winter haunts enjoying the sun’s warmth. As you hike during the next months, keep this information in mind. Thirteen species of rattlesnakes reside in Arizona. Rattlesnakes are identified…

Hiking Club picnic features hiking tips from leaders

Judith Kuse On November 10, SLHC members and potential members gathered at Oasis Park in Sun Lakes I for the opening picnic. All were treated to a bountiful smorgasbord of fried chicken, salads, casseroles and desserts. After lunch, leaders of the club shared their advice for successful hiking. The list of safety tips-in-a-nutshell follows: Choose…