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Ted Johnson

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Column: Likeable hikes, starting with Cedar Breaks and Buckskin Gulch

'Hiking Arizona'

What’s your favorite hike,” asked the young man as we walked down the trail. This is a common approach to identifying potentially likeable hikes, yet how can my favorite hike become your favorite hike?

Column: Borderland hiking at Miller Peak

'Hiking Arizona'

Our borderlands offer some of the best hiking anywhere with rugged canyons and challenging peaks.

Column: Long distance hiking, the Black Canyon Trail

'Hiking Arizona'

In the book, “Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People” by Robert and Martha Manning, we find a wealth of information and encouragement to “hit the trail.”

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Column: Off the beaten path, ‘see the world in a grain of sand’

'Hiking Arizona'

She asked, “How do you decide where to hike next?” As Robert Frost wrote, “The path less traveled.”

Column: Secret’s out, hiking off the beaten path in autumn

'Hiking Arizona'

Talking to a newcomer to Arizona about ideas for hiking destinations, she expressed a preference for hiking “off the beaten path.” I understand her dilemma, “Where can I hike without running into hordes of people, yet hike somewhere that’s notable?”

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Column: Urban or rural trail, take this one to the summit

'Hiking Arizona'

Confession is good for the soul. As a hiker, I try to start off on the right foot.

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy, part 2?

'Hiking Arizona'

Feedback from my last column included the question I always get from women about hiking solo: “How can I feel safe hiking solo?” My usual answer is, “Hike with a gun or a big dog.”

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy?

'Hiking Arizona'

The radio announcer said, “Wherever you are hanging out today, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., we’d love to connect with you.” Hiking is not like that. It’s a “boots on the ground” shared experience, not a virtual connection.

Column: Something to ponder as you wander

'Hiking Arizona'

Do you ponder as you wander? Or, is hiking for you nothing more than pounding ground to get from point A to point B?

Column: Summertime brings great hikes for kids

'Hiking Arizona'

My grandnephew asked if he could get a few days of relief from the heat in Phoenix by spending a few days with me, experiencing some wilderness adventure.

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Column: Time to take stock in our ability to survive

'Hiking Arizona'

Every year, it's the same. Someone finds themselves in a wilderness survival situation somewhere across the Southwest, especially in Arizona. Now that summer has arrived in all its furry, it's time to take stock of our ability to survive, if lost or injured on our next hike.

Column: For a really long hike, go in a Circle

'Hiking Arizona'

I spoke last time to the issue of hiking beyond 50, as in 50 years. Now I want to speak about hiking beyond 50, as in 50 miles.

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Column: My journey to the summit of Humphrey’s Peak

'Hiking Arizona'

Two things are certain for Arizona hikers: heat and aridity.

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Column: Hiking the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail

'Hiking Arizona'

The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail is unique in Arizona. It commemorates the nineteen men who fought to save the towns of Peeples Valley and Yarnell from a devastating wildfire at the end of June 2013.

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Column: A new column for those who love to hike

'Hiking Arizona'

Originally from Bisbee, my first serious hike was Miller Peak in 1968 with my Dad and “little” brother. We failed to reach the summit on our first attempt due to snow but returned that summer to hike through flower-filled meadows.