chumley wrote: ↑
Apr 11 2018 8:00 am
So is he a hiker or just a new age proselyte who takes tourists off the red rock sidewalk as marketing to sell more books?
No, he didn't even mention the book during the day. I found the book later, by looking up the Institute's website online, and I thought it would be interesting, and maybe even interesting to other people on HAZ, in their quiet times.
The thing he seemed to want to persuade us of during the hike, imo, is that the Mogollon highlands region is unique, special, and deserving of study and protection, in large part because of the species diversity, and because it may provide a good place to study how species adapt to climate change (being a zone where climates contact each other). His organization is a new non-profit, and I'm sure they'd welcome new volunteers for their work and/or donors, but nothing like that was said during the day.
As to "is he a hiker" -- both Tom Fleischner and Ed Grumbine, the leaders of this hike, said they are lapsed certified Wilderness First Responders (a credential they would have needed only if they were leading hikes, I think), and they knew the character of every trail and hiking area I mentioned (e.g., Bear Mtn in Sedona, Lamarck Col, Evolution Valley, and Dusy and Humphreys Basins in the Sierra Nevada, the Waterpocket Fold in Utah). Tom recently retired from being on the faculty of Prescott College, in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program, after 29 years. I got the impression that both Tom and Ed are experienced hikers -- but they're not doing the most strenuous kind of stuff any more, because they're older.
I didn't get a "new age" vibe from anything said during the day. No mentions of vortices (or is it vortexes), etc.