The SaddleBrooke Hiking Club can double your pleasure this month with two special programs. Each is open to any SaddleBrooke or SaddleBrooke Ranch resident; you don’t have to be a member of the club to enjoy the program.
First up is a photo presentation by experienced hikers Frank Brier and Mike Wolters about their 18 day hiking and climbing adventure in the Andes of Peru last year. This program will be offered at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 in the HOA 1 Activity Center. It will be followed by a social hour in the Agave Lounge in the SaddleBrooke HOA 1 Clubhouse at 4:00 p.m.
Frank and Mike completed the Alpamayo Circuit in the Cordillera Blanca region north of Lima. The circuit is a 62 mile trek over eight alpine passes with elevations exceeding 16,000 feet. The trek is named after Mount Alpamayo, called the most beautiful mountain in the world, with an elevation of 19,512 feet.
The second club program will be offered by SaddleBrooke Hiking Club guides at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27 also in the HOA 1 Activity Center. This Orientation to Hiking in the Desert Southwest is especially designed to make hiking more enjoyable and safer for those who are new to hiking in Arizona or haven’t hiked recently. Among the topics to be discussed are how to prepare for the desert’s special conditions, how to choose the right hike for you and what type of clothing and equipment are recommended.
In addition to the orientation presentation, information will be shared about the SaddleBrooke Hiking Club itself and the types of hikes and programs that are offered throughout the year.
For more information about SaddleBrooke Hiking Club programs in general, contact Karen Schickedanz at 818-7817. For more information about the Orientation to Hiking program contact Chief Hiking Guide Susan Hollis at 825-6819.