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teva joe
  21 year member
Joined:  Nov 20 1996
Location:  Phoenix, AZ
Occupation:  HAZ Founder

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September 2002 Just returned from what I'd rate one of the best hikes ever. Well...actually, I'd put this in third place with Upper Woods Canyon being first and the Superstition Ridgeline in second. (...to date anyhow, there's always room for more!) If the hik...
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• 6th Grade Goddard Youth Camp Alumni - Arbuckle Mountains, OK
• 8th Grade - Canoed the Illinois River - Muskogee OK
• 2012 - Completed hiking The 800 mile Arizona National Scenic Trail

In the 8th grade I got a shirt stating I'd canoed the Illinois. Perhaps a few miles, loved the experience nonetheless. My 2010-2012 segment hiking of the AZT was made possible by the great members of HAZ. Never got a shirt yet it means the world to me how it brought the community together. Dad didn't grasp why I created HAZ to help fellow hikers. He never accepted anything shy of 100% effort. Having invested everything in HAZ it's great to see how it has affected so many in a positive way. Whenever HAZ surfaced in conversation dad would ask "joe, why hike arizona?", to which I'd respond with an ear to ear grin "because it ROCKS dad"!

3 books that have made a difference in my life
• Where The Red Fern Grows
• The Great Brain at the academy
• Grand Obsession: Harvey Butchart and the Exploration of Grand Canyon
...the only books I've read

Despite setbacks from a freak scrambling fall on Pomeroy Tanks June 10th 2017 I will ascend and stand on Isis Temple again someday.
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