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Who is the “Old Man Hiking”?

Rusty Ward.  A 50+ self described “data artist” & “spreadsheet lifter” by trade and an avid hiker.  Well, maybe “avid” is too strong.  Let’s leave it as someone who greatly enjoys wandering around the great outdoors to personally experience the natural wonders around us.

As a resident of Phoenix since 2003,  I am amazed at the truly unique places and beauty that Arizona and the Southwest neighbors have to offer.  There is more to see than the Grand Canyon and  Sedona.  Both places are tremendous “Bucket List” places, but it’s my hope that I can give you a few new places to add.

What is “No Guardrails”?

A longtime friend came to visit for a few days.  He had never been here before and wanted to see as much as we could fit in.  We were inside the Tonto Natural Bridge and were crossing through to the other side.   As it was spring, the water run-off made the footing very precarious.  Looking at the steep drop to his right he said, “You can get killed out here”!  My immediate reply was, “Yep, Arizonans are tough bastards, we don’t believe in guard rails”!

What is hiking?

Walking with scenery! (or walking where you can pee!)

Be Safe, Enjoy and Have Fun!

It’s not about the destination.  It really is about the journey when hiking.

  • Know your physical limits – consider the distance, terrain, time of year and altitude
  • Be aware of your surroundings – there are real things that can hurt you, or worse
  • Research the recommended amount of water you should carry (I add to it)
  • Wear proper footwear
  • Take wonderful photos and just have fun!

Grand Canyon South Rim Rusty Ward

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