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Take a Hike … but Use Common Sense

hiking guideIt’s warming up out there, and that means hikers and mountain bikers need to take extra precautions before hitting the trail. Unfortunately, according to a story that ran on AZcentral.com, there’s been an uptick of mountain rescues in the Valley compared to last year at this time. Translation: People are not playing it safe out there.

“Common sense is the most important thing to take on the trail,” says Robert Stieve, editor of Arizona Highways. “And water is just as important. A gallon a day is the general rule; however, if you’re hiking the desert in the summer, which is strongly discouraged, you’ll need at least double that amount.”

Stieve also advises that you adhere to 10 basic rules — commandments, really — which he spells out in much more detail in his book, Arizona Highways Hiking Guide: 52 of Arizona’s Best Day Hikes for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall:

  • Never hike alone.
  • Tell someone where you’re hiking, the route you’ll be taking and when you’ll be home.
  • Carry identification and the name and telephone number of whom to call in case of an emergency.
  • Before you leave home, check the forecast, and pay attention to the weather while you’re on the trail.
  • Study the maps before you go, and carry a compass, not just a GPS.
  • On the trail, know where you’re going where you are in relation to the map you’re carrying.
  • Take plenty of food, and carry more water than you think you’ll need.
  • There’s no such thing as too much sunscreen.
  • Don’t overestimate your abilities.
  • Adhere to the Leave No Trace principles.

Spread the word and please share these life-saving tips with out-of-town visitors.


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2-Month Festival Celebrating Latino Heritage

Painting by El Moises

A two-month fiesta celebrating all things Latino sounds, well, like heckuva a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand the state’s amazing Hispanic heritage.

Starting this Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, the CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas), a community-based organization dedicated to educating Arizonans about the state’s deep Hispanic roots, will be hosting its first-ever, bi-annual festival across the Valley… so, expect plenty of food, concerts, street fairs, theatrical and musical performances and special art exhibits.

“The CALA Festival is an opportunity to put Arizona’s best foot forward by highlighting the state’s colorful, multicultural heritage,”  says CALA President Ruben Alvarez. “We want to get people excited about the vibrancy and diversity of Latino arts and culture that is such an integral part of Arizona’s unique cultural identity.”

Admission to many of the events are free, including the CALA Festival Target Free Days, which include the following:

9/14/11 Phoenix Art Museum – Mexican Modernism Exhibit

10/6/11 Phoenix Boys Choir – In concert with Schola Cantorum de Mexico

10/7/11 ALAC – First Fridays featuring artist Jacobo Angeles

10/16/11 Cultural Coalition – Dia de la Raza

10/25/11 Desert Botanical Garden – Ofrenda Exhibition

11/4/11ALAC – First Fridays featuring artist Nicolas de Jesus

11/5/11 XICO – 32nd Annual Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life

To check out other events taking place over the next two-months, visit CALA’s Facebook page. The CALA Festival will take place from September 14th through November 16th.

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