Tag: Sun Lakes Hiking Club

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…

Have a Favorite Hike?

Warren Wasescha Talk to anyone in the Sun Lakes Hiking Club and, undoubtedly, they have a favorite hike. With hundreds of different hikes the club has led over the years, there are a lot of good choices to consider. The hardest part of this exercise, however, is to narrow it down to one or two…

Hiking in the Off Season

Warren Wasescha Our Sun Lakes Hiking Club hikes officially November through April. But what do club members do for the other six months of the year? If you are lucky enough to summer in Colorado or other points north, the options are easy. If you stay in the Valley where temps often prevent rigorous hiking,…

Making Smart Choices When Hiking

Mellow hikers enjoying Wild Horse/High Noon Trails in Hawes Sonoran System with Red Mountain on the left. (Photo by Jim Savage)

Warren Wasescha I stopped my hike early and turned back towards the trailhead the other day. I decided I did not want to make my wife a widow. She was expecting me home for dinner with friends and jokingly said she did not want to go out with them by herself. It was the right…

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…

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…

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: 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:…