Tag: hiking

Hiking: Good for Your Body, Good for Your Mind

Twenty-four Mellow Level hikers enjoying the Promenade, Upper and Lower Sonoran, and Overlook Trails at Adero Canyon in Fountain Hills this past February.

Warren Wasescha A friend back in Minnesota asked me why I liked hiking with our Sun Lakes Hiking Club so much. I told them it’s my drug of choice. Better than a glass of red wine. They winced at the last comment. But I was serious. —Countless articles back me up on this. They talk…

New Hiking Season Begins Now!

A flashback photo from our club hike at Chiricahua National Monument in Southeastern Arizona

Warren Wasescha Yes, it will look a bit different, but the 2020-21 hiking season is “on” with COVID-19 precautions in place! As mentioned last month, no social dinners, picnics, brunches, Special Hike, or endorsed lunch stops after a hike. It is too risky to be in close proximity with lots of people, both indoors or out.…

A Different Hiking Season Come November

Sun Lakes hikers DeEtte Faith, Diane Alessi, and Henry Silverblatt on a recent hike at Mount Baldy Wilderness in Eastern Arizona (Photo by Henry Silverblatt)

Warren Wasescha With COVID-19, you might be asking if the club will be hiking this upcoming season, beginning in November. The answer is a resounding yes, but with some changes to help keep you safe. For starters, no social dinners, picnics, brunches, special hike, or endorsed lunch stops after a hike. It’s too risky being…

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: Snake Smarts

Warren Wasescha As a hiker during warmer months, can you ever not think about rattlesnakes on the trail? Same here, so I found a great article from Associate Professor Dale DeNardo of the Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, who studies rattlesnakes. Here in part is what he had to say about snakes and hiking: Q:…

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…