Activities

Note: Unless otherwise specified in an activity’s description, there is no need to contact the leader to sign up for the activity – just show up on time at the designated meeting spot.

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Embroidered club logo polo shirts are available in both men's and women's sizes. They may be purchased at club meetings and are offered at cost to members and non-members in a dazzling array of 14 color choices in both non-pilling 100% cotton ($29) and cotton/poly blend ($25). Club caps can also be ordered. The beautiful logo has been brilliantly reproduced in all its 12 colors in a classy style that will show your pride in our club.

If you have pictures from your activities, please contact our webmaster, Greg at webmaster@azotc.com to get them posted on the website!


Activities for September, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rating:
A LENGTH: 10.4 M ELEV GAIN: Less than 1,000 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
"Missed The Turn" Mark - mnashley@yahoo.com

"Why don't he write?"  Back from my solo hiker summer hiatus, I am ready to keep my streak of zero-member hikes intact!  This time I offer a hike along East Clear Creek from Jones Crossing.  I could not complete the recon in part due to the absence of a clear trail at the start and a water obstacle and weather in early August.  Therefore, though we should be past the monsoon on this weekend, bring an extra pair of shoes for water crossings if the level remains high.  We might also do a bonus hike on the right rim for canyon views and a shot of a tree growing out of a rock!  

Contact the hike leader by 8:00 pm the Thursday before the hike to work out a meeting place and time.  

In addition to spare shoes or socks, pack at least 3 liters of water and clothing to match a September hike at 7,000+, involving water obstacles.  In addition, if there is a forecast of storms in the high country, this hike might be scrubbed as the canyon walls here quickly get steep and high.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:45pm

Location: Granite Reef Senior Center, located in Scottsdale on Granite Reef Road just north of McDowell Road.

Come join us at our September General Membership Meeting, as we look forward to the cooler weather just around the corner and kick off a wonderful series of fall speaker programs.  Mark your calendars now for this meeting and the happy hour to precede it.  

The Superstition Area Land Trust is a very important player in conserving the natural Sonoran Desert open spaces throughout our beautiful Superstition wilderness.  As our metropolitan area spreads and becomes more densely populated there is more pressure on these natural resources.  Charles Goff, president of SALT, has been very involved with efforts to keep this precious area available for our enjoyment.  Come to our September meeting and learn about enjoying this area, how it is maintained and financed to remain viable, and how you may very well be able to help the cause.

You'll also hear details about the club's new Adopt-A-Trail project (Black Mesa Trail in the Superstitions), including specifics regarding our scheduled November trail maintenance day and related activities. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:00am
This activity has been changed.
Rating:
C+ 7 miles and 900 ft. in elevation gain, medium pace
Leaders:
Mark Miller 623-640-5375
Won Fogel
Meet at the Go John Trail Head at 6:00AM. There is a $6.00 entrance fee per car. 
Lets get started with a beat the heat hike. We will be hiking at Cave Creek Recreational Area. Starting on the Go John Trail to the Quarts Trail back to the Go John Trail Head.
This hike is seven miles and 900 ft. in elevation gain, medium pace. 
 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:30am
Rating:
C LENGTH: 3.5 mi ELEV GAIN: ~600 ft PACE: Medium
Leaders:
Jim D - hikingstickjim@yahoo.com

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the CVS Pharmacy on the NW corner of Brown & Ellsworth Roads in Mesa (exit off the 202 Freeway and drive east on Brown Road). I can also meet you at the trailhead if you pay $6 or have a County parks pass, but email me for trailhead parking directions.  

We'll hike on the Vista, Blevins, Cats Peak Pass, Cats Peak and the Pass Mountain Trails.  This is an enjoyable desert hike with great views from the top of two small mountains.  Most of the hike is on smooth and wide trails with the two mountain areas having the usual rocky conditions.  Try it... you'll like it.  Hiking time will be around 2 hours, allowing for a few breaks.

Bring hat, water and sunscreen. Please check the website or email the leader in case the hike is canceled due to rain.

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests, new members or hikers that plan to meet at the trailhead need to contact the hike leader prior to the event.

Friday, September 15, 2017 to Thursday, September 28, 2017
Rating:
Moderate Activities: Bike Riding, sightseeing, eating, and having fun!
Leaders:
Bev - 480 415-7147, blkoslow@yahoo.com
Ray - BikeBargeEurope@aol.com

Sept 15, 2017-Sept 23, 2017 - Bike and Barge along the Danube
Sept 24, 2017-Sept 28, 2017 - Sightsee in Berlin, Germany

The first portion of our trip is a 4 country self-guided bike ride along the Danube River - which is the most popular European bike and barge trip being offered by our outfitter. Our hotel and restaurant for 7 nights and 8 days is our barge called the MS Normandy. Our days will be spent riding on well-marked bike paths along the Danube River through Austria, Germany, Slovakia, and Hungary. The bike paths will take us past castles, Danube National Park, the Hungarian Danube Bend, and the capital cities of Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest. Along the way, we will stop to see some local sights, perhaps do a little shopping, grab a snack, etc. before meeting our barge in the late afternoon/evening where we can unwind and socialize with other passengers before retiring to our double occupancy cabins on the barge. Where will we get our meals, you ask? The Barge is also our restaurant where we will get three great meals a day (breakfast and dinners will be served on the barge, and we will have sack lunches while riding).

After the bike and barge, we're off to Berlin for an additional 4 nights and 5 days sightseeing, bike riding, taking a river cruise, visiting museum island, Checkpoint Charlie, The Holocaust Museum, The Brandenburg Gate, etc. Meals for this portion of the trip are NOT included in the overall cost.

Cost for Bike and Barge = $1975 double occupancy. (Single Supplements are available for an additional $400) Cost for Berlin portion of the trip is $527. Airfare to/from the United States is additional. You are welcome to join us on either portion of the trip, or the whole thing.

The bike and barge is currently full, buy please contact Bev to put your name on the waiting list as cancellations do happen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:30pm

Inspired by Nature-Biomimicry

Mother Nature has forever been a designer. Just look around. A cursory look at our flora and fauna provides us with countless solutions for most any challenge. Can we, as humans, learn to be better designers by mimicking Mother Nature? Yes, by applying the principles of biomimicry. This presentation will show how Mother Nature can inspire us when we design.

Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium - located at 10101 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale
Classes start at 5:30 pm and run between 60 and 90 minutes

More information can be found under "Upcoming Events" at www.mcdowellsonoran.org