“We save Medicare a lot of money,” says a longtime member of the Prescott Hiking Club.
While the mile-high town club has its share of senior citizens, the 200+ member group of outdoor enthusiasts welcomes anyone interested in hiking to stay healthy.
The club was established in 1989 as an informal social group and formally organized in 1997. Members pay an annual fee of $5 which goes towards web page services, member incentives and
Long-time club member Ken Paris cites camaraderie and safety as the club’s main perks. “Being exposed to more trails than most people would encounter on their own and developing friendships,” Paris says of what the members say they enjoy the most. “Also, learning hiking techniques and seeing and trying out other members’ gear.”
The club also mixes things up with trail repair and social events. “We participate in the Yavapai Trails Association maintenance days,” says member Lisa Thaler. “Our social committee team organizes picnics, a Souper Bowl evening, a hot chocolate and cookies day and a Christmas party.”
Group hikes usually take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “In Prescott, we frequently hike Smith Ravine, Spruce Mountain, Spence Basin, Thumb Butte, and Lynx Lake,” says Thaler. “We also hike the Black Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Campsites are scheduled about three times a year, and hiking trips are held periodically.
In the spirit of advocating for quality time away, the club’s ‘no politics, no religion’ policy puts a stop to potentially deadly trail talk.
“Every time someone shouts: ‘No politics or religion!’ the conversation ends uneventfully,” Paris says.
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