Tag: hiking

Summer Heat and Emergency Rescues

Warren Wasescha, Sun Lakes Hiking Club I’ve seen three helicopter rescues in my time hiking in the Valley—two on Camelback Mountain and one on South Mountain. As far as I know, no one in our club has ever had a heat-related rescue on a trail. But with the summer’s heat bearing down on us right…

Summer Hiking Begins

Warren Wasescha, Sun Lakes Hiking Club The weather has grown hot. Our formal hiking season is over. Our Meetup site won’t have new hikes posted until November. But that doesn’t mean your hiking is over for the summer. In fact, there are a surprising number of our club members who continue to hike this time…

Annual Special Hike Highlights

Warren Wasescha, Sun Lakes Hiking Club This year’s hiking season ended with many great hikes, a year-end picnic with awards, and our annual special hike, this time hosted in Prescott. Topping the list of activities was the special hike. The first day started with a hike around beautiful Goldwater Lake in Prescott and ended with…

Finding a New Trail

Warren Wasescha Each year the Sun Lakes Hiking Club offers an extended-stay trip in an area farther away than we normally hike. Last month it was in Prescott. When you aren’t familiar with an area, it’s an opportunity to find unexplored trails that will delight club members. But with unexplored trails can come unexpected surprises.…

What Makes Hiking Fun?

Warren Wasescha A group of us were hiking in South Mountain the other day and stopped for a snack break and photo. Everyone was in a great mood, as were the other hikers we passed along the way. I started to reflect on what makes hiking fun, as well as asking a few hiking friends…

Ready to Lead a Hike?

Warren Wasescha Someone once said if we don’t have hike leaders, our club is just a picnic and some monthly meetings. Thankfully, we have a number of dedicated hike leaders who make our hikes happen. But we could always use more to keep the hiking calendar full. Not sure you’re comfortable leading a hike? It’s…

Hikes Are in Full Gear

Warren Wasescha On a clear day you can see mountain ranges all around the Valley, and when you look at the last two calendar months of hiking, the club has already hiked in most of those mountain ranges this season. We get around, and you will, too, when you hike with our club. Already, the…

Hiking Club Dates to Remember

Warren Wasescha The fear of missing out—ever have that feeling? Most teenagers do. For me, I had it when this season’s hiking season had begun and I was still in Minnesota. For others, it’s not remembering important club event dates. So, here are some dates and locations to mark on your calendar: Like hiking and…

Let the Hiking Begin!

Warren Wasescha Welcome to the 2021-22 hiking season. It officially begins this month. Let the fun begin! If you like hiking, we’d love to have you join us. We are a friendly, inclusive group of hikers who welcome all able-bodied hikers. Our goal is to make group hiking fun, challenging, social, and safe. We hike…