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Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist

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I still prefer to drive with a standard transmission. Hiking on a trail is more like driving an automatic while cross-country hiking is reminiscent of driving with a stick shift, requiring greater concentration.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist December 13, 2017

Most people hike in the Grand Canyon during the summer. That’s how I started back in May 1973.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 29, 2017
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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?

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 15, 2017

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

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 2, 2017

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.”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 19, 2017
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She asked, “How do you decide where to hike next?” As Robert Frost wrote, “The path less traveled.”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 4, 2017

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?”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist September 21, 2017
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Confession is good for the soul. As a hiker, I try to start off on the right foot.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist September 7, 2017

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.”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist August 24, 2017

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.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist August 10, 2017

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

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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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.

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

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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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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.


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