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.
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?
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.”
She asked, “How do you decide where to hike next?” As Robert Frost wrote, “The path less traveled.”
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?”
Confession is good for the soul. As a hiker, I try to start off on the right foot.
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.
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.
Two things are certain for Arizona hikers: heat and aridity.
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.
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.