Citizen Hiker

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Standard trail etiquette requires that all users yield to horses – especially when the horse is Ginger. It’s impossible not to succumb to the charms of the beautiful, rust-colored Missouri Fox Trotter mare who frequently treks White Mountains trails with her best friend Curtis Winder of Snowflake.

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Don’t look for Mike “Te-Wa” Stivers on an easy trail. Although the Ohio transplant began his Arizona hiking adventures as a 7-year-old on the popular Piestewa Peak trail in Phoenix, he has since developed a preference for “bigger, bolder, rockier and more intense mountains.”

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When he turned 62, Jim Buyens had a big decision to make. “I weighed 325 pounds, and was way out of shape,” the Phoenix resident recalls. “Then a cardiologist told me I had both atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. At that point, I decided getting in shape was a choice between living to 65 or 85, and I chose 85.”

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