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“We save Medicare a lot of money,” says one long-time member of Prescott Hiking Club. While the mile-high city club has its share of senior citizens, the 200-plus-member group of outdoor enthusiasts welcomes all who are interested in hiking to stay healthy. The club was established in 1989 as an informal social group and formally organized in 1997. Members pay a $5 annual fee which goes toward web page services, member incentives and promotional items....

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For Roy J. DuPrez, founder and owner of Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Recovery, getting and staying clean and sober is all about accountability. He ought to know. A self-described recovering alcoholic and survivor of the Venice Beach party scene, DuPrez credits his 1993 move to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University as instrumental in turning his life around. “As a young guy back in California, I saw gangs and a culture of substance abuse as just...

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City of Phoenix park ranger Samantha Nickel is uniquely qualified for taking on the crowds at some of the city’s hiking hubs. Nickel draws upon her experience in corrections, caregiving and airline bag wrangling for her current position in the city’s East Park district, which includes Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Dreamy Draw and Papago Park. Being able to work diplomatically with diverse populations in busy, physically demanding outdoor conditions comes naturally to the native Arizonan...

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Dr. Tamar Gottfried expects a bit of a baby boom in 2021. While the Mesa-based OB-GYN (obgynmesa.com) has seen a decrease in routine screenings and consultations due to the coronavirus pandemic, she has also witnessed an uptick in new pregnancies. Whether that’s a byproduct of quarantine is a subject for historians, but even in these virus-cloistered times, expectant moms need exercise and fresh air. Gottfried, who leads hikes for the Arizona Trailblazers hiking club (azhikers.org),...

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For the Twaddell family of Cave Creek, hiking is a family affair. Their patriarch, Graham, an environmental consultant, has been hitting the trails with 10-year-old son Enler and 6-year-old daughter Neala since before they could walk. While the sport comes naturally to them, Twaddell says that getting his kids started in hiking took planning and patience. “I found planning the hike during the week, looking at trail maps together, preparing our equipment and generally talking...

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