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Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.

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Having hiked here many times, alone and with others, I was looking forward to cooling off on the trail to the summit which sits at more than 9,000 feet above sea level.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist August 8, 2020
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We’ve talked about “unorthodox” hiking now for a while and we will return to the topic again, soon. But you can’t always “be on,” so to speak. Intensity without an occasional break leads to weariness and loss of joy.

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Surprise? Why would anyone be surprised when the trail they are on completely disappears? Stuff happens, especially when hiking in the Arizona wilderness. The real issue is your response to finding yourself off route, lost or in over your head.

Hiking conditions after a devastating wildfire are unpredictable. The Goodwin Fire came through Grapevine Canyon in 2017. How is the landscape recovering? How does this recovery affect hiking there?

Is hiking more of an exploration for you, an adventure or marching/strolling down the trail, putting one foot in front of the other under ideal weather conditions?

In memory of Louis Yeager, let’s hike the canyon named for him on Mingus Mountain. He died on May 9, 1911 and he had a mine here. He also herded sheep. Arizona Place Names notes that the road to the mine was used by 20-mule freight wagons. I don’t know the significance of this factoid, but I do know that the road to Jerome from Prescott Valley, continues to impact the hiking experience on Trail 28.

Having recently discussed risk and healthy hiking, let’s take it to the next level by asking fellow hikers, “They say it’s edible, what do you think?”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist April 29, 2020

Sometimes it pays to state the obvious. Hiking is healthy. Hiking, as a lifestyle, is a great way to manage the threat posed by a pandemic.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist April 16, 2020

In times of adversity, individuals need normalcy and something to look forward to. In normal times, we need some healthy exposure to risk. If we always avoid the risk associated with adversity, we will be in bad shape when it finds us and, be assured, it will find us, as we see in the news daily.

Hiking and risk go together like America and apple pie. Yet, our culture is risk-wary at best and risk-averse at worst.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist March 18, 2020

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