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July 2021

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
July 20, 2021, 7:00 PM
Zoom
  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. Reports
    President [Lin Chao]
    The Executive Committee is making plans for our 25th Anniversary Party on October 16 at Leisure World in Mesa. Ted and I will meet Carla there.
    We need your help. If there is someone you would like to hear as guest speaker, please let us know.
    Other topics from the Executive Committee on July 13.
    Treasurer [Tom Simonick]
    As of July 20, the club has 156 paid members and $8797 in the bank.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    We have 1068 trip reports by over 70 authors! My thanks to everyone who has ever written a trip report.
    Authors, be sure to identify people in the group picture.
    Statistician [John Scruggs]
    Total miles hiked so far in 2021: 4366.
  3. Previous Hikes
    May 19 Watson Lake Kayaking PrescottChuck Parsons
    May 22 Meadow-Sinkhole Loop Mogollon RimTed Tenny
    May 22 Whiterock Mesa MazatzalsMichael Humphrey
    May 22 West Clear Creek Camp VerdeRodney Baba
    May 29 Kendrick Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    May 30 Bismark Lake FlagstaffLes Cherow
    May 31-4 Bryce Canyon Car Camp UtahLin Chao
    June 3 Thunderbird Mountain PhoenixBillie Horn
    June 5 O'Leary Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    June 9 Kayaking Woods CanyonChuck Parsons
    June 10 Spur Cross Cave CreekNeil Dennis
    June 12 Houston Brothers Mogollon RimChuck Parsons
    June 17Deem Hill PhoenixBillie Horn
    June 19 Humphreys Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    June 24 Piestewa Trails PhoenixNeil Dennis
    June 26-1North Rim Car Camp Grand CanyonLin Chao
    July 1Rusty Spider Trail PhoenixBillie Horn
    July 8Brown's Ranch ScottsdaleNeil Dennis
    July 10Kachina Trail FlagstaffTom Simonick
    July 15Lookout Mountain PhoenixBillie Horn
    July 17AZT passagre 34 FlagstaffLes Cherow
  4. Upcoming Hikes
    July 21 Kayaking Willow SpringsChuck Parsons
    July 24Col Devin Trail Mogollon RimChris Everett
    July 29Deem Hill PhoenixNeil Dennis
    July 31Aztec Peak Sierra AnchaChuck Parsons
    Aug. 7<<open>>   
    Aug. 10-15Bryce Canyon UtahMohammed Al-Marimi
    Aug. 14<<open>>   
    Aug. 15Kayaking Canyon LakeLin Chao
    Aug. 21<<open>>   
    Aug. 28<<open>>   
    Sept. 3-6Big Lake Car Camping GreerLin Chao
    Sept. 4<<open>>   
    Sept. 11<<open>>   
    Sept. 18<<open>>   
  5. guest speaker: Dr. Ben Zorensky
    subject: Paria Canyon Adventure
        You can’t get lost in Paria Canyon—just stay near the river. May and October are the best months to hike Paria Canyon. You can do it barefoot, because you’ll be wading in the river most of the way. But it’s best to bring some comfortable, disposable shoes. For a day hike, start at White House Trailhead and hike to Buckskin Gulch.
        A permit is needed for camping in Paria Canyon or leading a group. Check how much water is in the river before you go.
        Dr. Ben Zorensky’s website is Naturopathic Athlete.
  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 PM.


Executive Committee, July 13, 2021

attendees:  Lin Chao, Michael Humphrey, Tom Simonick, Ted Tenny
  1. Finalize plans for the Club's 25th Anniversary.
    There are still many details to be worked out, including DJ, cost, gift cards, signup host.
  2. Officers for 2022.
    All of us are eligible to run for another term. Ted isn’t sure he’ll run again as secretary, but he’ll make up his mind by the next Executive Committee meeting. Others will run again.
  3. Speakers for 2022.
    AI [all] → Nominate somebody.
    AI [Ted] → Include an announcement in the next email.
  4. Modify the words at the beginning of the Calendar.
    AI [Ted] → Keep only the part about the driver requiring facemasks.
  5. Ted’s co-leader for September 18.
    AI [Ted] → Include an announcement in the next email.
  6. Trip planning for 2022.
    •  Feb, Bryce Canyon Winter Festival, booked five rooms Ruby's Inn; led by Lin
    •  Mar or April, Kanab, UT, led by Michael
    •  Late April and early May (one weekend), Pine Flat Campground, hiking at Sedona area; or South Rim of Grand Canyon
    •  June, North Rim, led by Lin
    •  Early July, SW Colorado to include Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride (Based in Ridgway/Montrose), led by Bud
    •  Labor's Day Weekend, White Mountain, led by Lin
    •  Sept, Zion
    •  Olympic National Park, a very long shot. The leader needs to fly there and rent the vehicles and stay at hotels.


Executive Committee, May 20, 2021

attendees:  Lin Chao, Michael Humphrey, Tom Simonick, Ted Tenny, John Scruggs
  1. Draft of 25th Anniversary Party Invitation
    AI [Lin, Tom] → Write the invitation, and send it to the other officers for review.
  2. Trip Entry
    Past minutes give every hike.
    AI [Ted] → Send the other officers instructions on viewing the page source.
  3. Add latest trip reports links to Ted’s Sunday email, a good way to acknowledge leaders hard work, it also provides a chance to members to read it.
    AI [Ted] → Make the change.
  4. Billie and Neil are starting to lead regularly on Thursday. A hike starts on June throughout the summer, two hours, 6-8 AM, 3-4 miles, that is not including some of Tuesday hikes
  5. With more hikes, adds more workload to Ted and John. Is there any way we can help to reduce the workload, any suggestions, Ted, John?
    Ted: reduce the reqirements.  John: get some help.
    AI [Ted] → Look into finding a different secretary.
    AI [John] → Look into finding a backup statistician.
  6. Driver tracking starts July, 2021.


May 2021

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM
Zoom
  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. Reports
    President [Lin Chao]
    •  Volunteers are needed to help with the 25th anniversary party on October 16.
    Lin will be contacting potential volunteers by email.
    Other topics were from the Executive Committee meeting on May 11.
    Treasurer [Tom Simonick]
    •  As of May 18, the club has 152 paid members and a bank balance of $8,812.00.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    •  So far in 2021 we have 40 trip reports by 15 authors, 7 for the first time: Randall Greeley, Billie Horn, Neil Dennis, John Scruggs, Bud Tasch, Vicki Reddick, Rodney Baba. Congratulations to all of you!
    Trip report authors, please send me a list of names for the group picture. Some of them are people I have never seen before.
    Statistician [John Scruggs]
    •  Statictics grow as the number of hikes grows.
    My main concern is names. Include last names. Include co-leaders.
    The club has hiked 7,544 miles so far this year.
  3. Previous Hikes
    Mar. 20 White Mesa Trail SedonaChuck Parsons
    Mar. 20 Seven Falls TucsonTom Simonick
    Mar. 23 Maricopa Trail UserysMichelle Jelsma
    Mar. 27 East Ridgeline SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 3 AZT passage 17 SuperiorLi Li
    Apr. 6 Sunset Nature Walk GilbertLin Chao
    Apr. 10 Maricopa Trail Cave CreekChuck Parsons
    Apr. 13 Storm Trails PrescottNeil Dennis
    Apr. 17 Windgate Pass McDowellsVicki Reddick
    Apr. 17 Peavine Trail PrescottLi Li
    Apr. 20 Sunset Walk ChandlerLin Chao
    Apr. 24Hedgehog Loop Queen CreekRodney Baba
    Apr. 24Barnhardt Trail MazatzalsMichael Humphrey
    Apr. 24Groom Creek Loop PrescottVicki Reddick
    Apr. 28Canyon Lake Kayaking Tonto NFChuck Parsons
    May 1 Hangover Loop SedonaLi Li
    May 4 Rio Salado PhoenixTamar Gottfried
    May 8Granite Mountain PrescottTom Simonick
    May 8Woods Canyon Lake Mogollon RimLin Chao
    May 12Tempe Town Lake TempeLin Chao
    May 15Mt. Ord SunflowerJanet Burke
    May 16Axis-Girdner Loop SedonaQuy Nguyen
    May 17Fay Canyon Arch SedonaQuy Nguyen
  4. Upcoming Hikes
    May 19 Watson Lake Kayaking PrescottChuck Parsons
    May 22 Meadow-Sinkhole Loop Mogollon RimTed Tenny
    May 22 Whiterock Mesa MazatzalsMichael Humphrey
    May 22 West Clear Creek Camp VerdeRodney Baba
    May 29 Kendrick Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    May 30 Bismark Lake FlagstaffLes Cherow
    May 31-4 Bryce Canyon Car Camp UtahLin Chao
    June 5 O'Leary Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    June 12Aztec Peak Sierra AnchaChuck Parsons
    June 19 Humphreys Peak FlagstaffVicki Reddick
    June 26<<open>>   
    June 26-1North Rim Car Camp Grand CanyonLin Chao
    July 3<<open>>   
    July 10<<open>>   
    July 17<<open>>   
  5. Guest Speaker: Carol Bryant, Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
    subject: Hydration: what’s the big deal?
         Carol presented slides covering every aspect of hydration. At one point she asked each individual in the audience what they do to stay hydrated. “I carry a 100oz Camelbak,” I told her. Then she asked who had run out of water on a hike. I sheepishly admitted that I did.
         Carol recommended a book, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, by Auerbach, Constance, and Freer.
  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00 PM on Zoom


Executive Committee, May 11, 2021

attendees:  Lin Chao, Michael Humphrey, Tom Simonick, Ted Tenny
  1. 25th anniversary and annual award party.
    A team to work on the 25th anniversary and annual award party: To take care of venue, speakers, games, caterers, music band, decorates, photographer, budget, promotional items - REI gift cards, free memberships, special award certs.
    AI [Lin, Tom, Michael] → Finalize the plans.
    • We need a date with at least 3 months of lead time: October 16.
    • Cost: $2,000 to $3,000, depending on what we want.
    • Do we want a DJ? Yes.
    • What type of food do we want? Barbecue.
    • Reserve a place.
    • Special awards, as to Michelle J. for leading the club through a bad year;
      Jim B., for all he has done for the club.
    • It was only for members last time, do we want that restriction? Yes.
    • Do we want a short morning hike, with an evening banquet? Just the banquet.
  2. Need a stat of - longest members, most hike mileages, most hikes led.
    The longest member is Chuck. Ted is second. Rudy is third. Both Chuck and Ted have received Lifetime Achievement awards. It’s impossible to search past hike descriptions and trip reports for most hike mileages, most hikes led. For example, Valley of Fire has no trip report.
  3. Keep trip reports to 10 on the websites (basically previous months and current month or last 10 trip reports).
    AI [Ted] → Make the change.
  4. Make website searchable, at least Trip Reports and Find a Hike.
    AI [Ted] → Look into it.
  5. Speakers for July 20 and September 21.
    AI [Michael] → Prepare a talk for July 20.
    AI [all] → Nominate a speaker for September 21.
  6. Club packs.
    Evidently there are 4 of them. Make sure each hike leader has one.


March 2021

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
March 16, 2021, 7:00 PM
Zoom
  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. Reports
    President [Lin Chao]
    •   The club has a 25th anniversary coming up. We will celebrate in September or October.
    Everyone who attended Hike Leader Training on March 6 will get a certificate signed by Ted.
    Other topics were from the Executive Committee meeting of March 9.
    Treasurer [Tom Simonick]
    As of March 16, the club has 149 paid members and a bank balance of $8429.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    It’s only March, but the club has already had 5 new hike leaders in 2021! They are, in order of appearance: Randall Greeley, Billie Horn, Neil Dennis, John Scruggs, Bud Tasch. In addition, Vicki Reddick and Mimi Tran have scheduled hikes. Congratulations to all new and previous leaders!
    Statistician [John Scruggs]
    The club has hiked 2058 miles so far in 2021 and kayaked 11 miles.
  3. Previous Hikes   
    Jan. 23 Monument Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Jan. 26 Mountain Preserve PhoenixNeil Dennis
    Jan. 30 Garden Valley Archaeology SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Jan. 31 Airport Loop SedonaMark Purcell
    Feb. 3 Bush-Magic Mountain UserysJohn Scruggs
    Feb. 6 Maricopa Trail Tonto NFTed Tenny
    Feb. 10 Kayaking Saguaro LakeChuck Parsons
    Feb. 13 Tom's Thumb Loop ScottsdaleTom Simonick
    Feb. 16 North Mountain Preserve PhoenixBillie Horn
    Feb. 20 Pyramid Loop South MountainTom Simonick
    Feb. 21-26 Death Valley Hikes CaliforniaMichael Humphrey
    Feb. 27 Warpaint Loop South MountainChris Everett
    Feb. 27 La Barge Canyon SuperstitionsTamar Gottfried
    Mar. 5Marcos De Niza South MountainChris Everett
    Mar. 6Bulldog Canyon GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 11Hope Camp / Quilter TucsonBud Tasch
    Mar. 13Feathered Friends ChandlerRandall Greeley
    Mar. 13Picacho Peak PicachoJanet Burke
    Mar. 14Massacre Grounds SuperstitionsTom Simonick
    Mar. 14 Kayaking Bartlett LakeChuck Parsons
  4. Upcoming Hikes
    Mar. 20 White Mesa Trail SedonaChuck Parsons
    Mar. 20 Seven Falls TucsonTom Simonick
    Mar. 23 Storm Trails PrescottNeil Dennis
    Mar. 27 East Ridgeline SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Mar. 27 Picketpost Mountain SuperiorVicki Reddick
    Apr. 3 AZT passage 17 SuperiorLi Li
    Apr. 10Maricopa Trail Cave CreekChuck Parsons
    Apr. 17 Thompson Peak McDowellsDebbie Rowray
    Apr. 24 Mazatzal Peak Loop MazatzalsRandall Greeley
    May 1 <<open>>   
    May 8<<open>>   
    May 15<<open>>   
  5. Guest Speaker
    Peter Bigfoot
    subject: The Many Many Virtues of Prickly Pear Cactus
        “I’ve learned to go to heaven without dying,” he told us. Peter is an expert at wilderness survival. He teaches classes, and spoke of his famous trek from New River to the Four Peaks in the summer of 1976. He went alone, without carrying any food or water, and made it to Lone Pine Saddle. Along the way he battled dehydration, and recovered from dysentery. He also told us about prickly pear cactus, truly a wonder plant.
        Today, Bigfoot spends most of his time working on the farm, teaching, writing, and producing a line of herbal remedies.
  6. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM on Zoom.


Executive Committee, March 9, 2021

attendees:  Lin Chao, Michael Humphrey, Tom Simonick, John Scruggs, Ted Tenny
  1. Can we order and print Leader training certificates for those who attended Hike Leader Training?
    AI [Ted] → Provide a list of everyone who attended Hike Leader Training.
    AI [John] → Contact Jim Buyens about the certificates.
    AI [Tom] → Provide the mailing address of of everyone who attended.
    AI [Lin] → Mail out the certificates.
  2. Print certificates for leaders and Hikers of the year to mail it out or hold until we have our award meeting.
    AI [John] → Find out who gets the awards.
    AI [Lin] → Mail out the certificates.
  3. Is there any Plan B for the annual award meeting? Patio dinner? Or just wait.
    We decided to wait on the award meeting.
  4. Meetup sign up format? Should we try or not?
    Each hike leader handles it differently. That’s fine for now.
  5. Do we need first aid kit for each club pack?
    Yes. Most people have their own first aid kits.
  6. How to keep track of our club packs and make sure the leader has a club pack.
    It’s harder when you’re meeting at the trailhead.
  7. Should the leader carry the signup sheet on the hiking trail?
    Yes.
    AI [Ted] → Modify the Policies & Guidelines.
  8. Introduce pickleball to our club?
    No.
  9. Summer is coming, we are slowly moving our hikes to higher elevation. Those who are fully vaccinated could start carpooling for out-of-city hikes. The driver has the right to request everyone in the car to wear mask. We still encourage people wear mask while taking group pictures.
    The words on the schedule need to be modified.
    AI [Ted] → Suggest a suitable modification.
  10. Statistics DB and Membership DB [Tom].
    Seems like a good idea.
    AI [Tom, John] → Work it out.
  11. February Statistics [John]
    See preceding item.


January 2021

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2021, 7:00 PM
Zoom
  1. Reports
    President [Lin Chao]
    •  The club has upcoming car camping trips to Death Valley, Bryce Canyon (2), Big Lake, Arches.
    Other topics are from the Executive Committee, January 12.
    Treasurer [Tom Simonick]
    As of January 19, the club has 146 paid members and $7451 in the bank.
    Webmaster [Ted Tenny]
    Congratulations to the new hike leaders of 2020 and 2021. They are, in order of appearance: Mohammed Al-Marimi, Kevin Chittenden, Mary Greenwood, Chris Everett, Carl Lunde, Randall Greeley, Billie Horn, Neil Dennis.
    Statistician [John Scruggs]
    •  Statistics for 2020
    Li Li is the top hiker of 2020.
    Tamar Gottfried is the top leader of 2020.
  2. Previous Hikes
    Nov. 21 Yeager Canyon JeromeChuck Parsons
    Nov. 21 Idaho Pass-Wolveine Pass GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Nov. 27 Picketpost Perimeter SuperiorTamar Gottfried
    Nov. 28Crested Saguaro ScottsdaleQuy Nguyen
    Dec. 5 Gooseneck-Pemberton ScottsdaleQuy Nguyen
    Dec. 5 Haunted Canyon SuperiorTamar Gottfried
    Dec. 12 Holbert-Lomitas Loop South MountainQuy Nguyen
    Dec. 19 Corral Loop ScottsdaleChuck Parsons
    Dec. 20 Telegraph Pass South MountainChris Everett
    Dec. 26 Prospector's View SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Dec. 27 Geronimo Trail South MountainChris Everett
    Dec. 31 Riparian Preserve GilbertJoe Michalides
    Jan. 2 Alta-Bajada Loop South MountainChris Everett
    Jan. 5 Granite Mountain ScottsdaleCarl Lunde
    Jan. 9 San Tan Loop Queen CreekRandall Greeley
    Jan. 12 Seitts Preserve Loop Cave CreekBillie Horn
    Jan. 16 Hieroglyphic Canyon SuperstitionsChuck Parsons
  3. Upcoming Hikes   
    Jan. 23 Monument Canyon SuperstitionsMichael Humphrey
    Jan. 24 Robber’s Roost SedonaMark Purcell
    Jan. 26 Mountain Preserve PhoenixNeil Dennis
    Jan. 30 Garden Valley Archaeology SuperstitionsTed Tenny
    Feb. 6 <<open>>
    Feb. 13 Mazatzal Peak Loop MazatzalsRandall Greeley
    Feb. 20 <<open>>
    Feb. 21-26 Death Valley Hikes CaliforniaMichael Humphrey
    Feb. 27 <<open>>
    Mar. 6Bulldog Canyon GoldfieldsTed Tenny
    Mar. 13Feathered Friends ChandlerRandall Greeley
  4. Guest Speaker: Roger Naylor
    subject: Arizona’s Scenic Roads and Hikes
       With his latest book, Arizona’s Scenic Roads and Hikes, travel writer Roger Naylor coaxes readers outdoors with the promise of an array of wonders.
        Arizona is the 6th largest state and has more than its share of scenic drives. Roger presented a slide show of some of them, and answered questions.
        The book retails for $21.95 and signed copies can be purchased at www.rogernaylor.com.
  5. Next Meeting
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7:00 PM, Zoom.


Executive Committee, January 12, 2021

attendees: Lin Chao, Michael Humphrey, Tom Simonick, John Scruggs, Ted Tenny
  1. Whether to make the Statistician part of the Executive Committee (Constitution & Bylaws, section IV-3)
    Passed. Welcome to the Executive Committee, John!
  2. Alternate hike signup (Mark Purcell)
    Hike leaders should be allowed to do their own thing for hike signups. Ted keeps an Excel spreadsheet, but paper is fine. A meetup group would be OK, but we need to see a demonstration. Mark will be invited to the next Executive Committee meeting.
    Tabled.
  3. Old Trip Release Forms (Chuck Parsons)
    They contain contact information, so Ted keeps them all. Occasionally he needs to contact someone who has signed up for a past hike. Michael talked to a lawyer and found that 3 years is enough.
    Trip Release Forms before 2018 can be shredded.
    AI [Tom] → Write a policy regarding old trip release forms.
  4. Awards Hike 2021
    Postponed until we know more about the pandemic. Lin talked to the officials at Lost Dutchman State Park and learned that they have a group size limit of 25 and didn’t know the cost.
    Hikers should be recognized for miles hiked. Leaders should be recognized for hikes led. There was some discussion of who has been in the club the longest. Chuck Parsons joined the Motorola Hiking Club (which became the Trailblazers) in 1997. Ted in 1999. Rudy some time in that era. Both Chuck and Ted received Lifetime Achievement awards.
    Tabled.
  5. Hike Leader Training
    It will be on a Bulldog Canyon Loop hike, presented ny Ted.
    AI [Ted] → Make up a hike description. Include trip reports.
  6. Survey for the kayaking trip
    AI [Lin] → Contact Chuck about making up the survey.
  7. Survey for the weekdays bike trip
    AI [Lin] → Contact Quy about making up the survey.
  8. Reward members who introduce a new hiker to the club and become a member
    A lot of people join the club because of the web page. Ted has enough recognition.
  9. Rewarding leaders with Club Polo shirt after # of trips
    Have the club logo embroidered on an article of clothing of the leader’s choice after leading three hikes.
  10. Possibility of Dog-friendly only hike for those who love dogs
    The Executive Committee has been through this before. If a hiker slips on the trail and falls on a dog, the dog may bite. The club could be sued. However, if a hiker slips on the trail and falls on another hiker, everyone knows it was an accident. Case dismissed. Also dogs may be all right with people, but not with other dogs.
  11. Welcome letter to new members
    AI [Ted] → Include future trips not yet on the calendar.
  12. Speakers for March 16, May 18, July 20, September 21, November 16
    Michelle and Ross want to give a presentation before a live audience, not on Zoom. Carol will give a presentation at the May 18 meeting
    AI [all] → Find speakers for March 16, July 20, September 21, November 16.
  13. Encourage hikers wear masks when we meet at TH, while we take group pictures.
    Limit the number of hikers.

    AI [Lin] → Update the words on the Schedule.

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