JANUARY GENERAL MEETING
Our January Monthly Meeting was held on Thursday, January 14 via Zoom. With the Westerners hiking activity remaining in suspension, the Monthly Meeting is an important opportunity for us all to maintain social contact with each other as members. As further encouragement for you to Zoom-attend this month’s meeting, we have a special speaker we promise you will find outstanding and truly memorable. Wagon Boss, Dave Minott, has arranged for world-class mountaineer and rock climber, Ed Webster, to present a captivating account and spectacular photos of the unique ascent Ed made of Mt. Everest. Ed’s presentation is entitled “Everest the Hard Way,” in which Ed describes his ascent of Mt. Everest via a new route, and astoundingly, without Sherpas, oxygen, or radios. Although from New England, Ed will also share some photos of his pioneering rock climbs of Sedona’s red-rock spires back in the 1970’s.
If you missed our January meeting and top-shelf speaker, the meeting is recorded at this link. Use passcode 6IV&5V@6
HIKING IS PAUSED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2021
The Sedona Westerners Board of Directors has decided to continue our pause of the hiking season until this date. The Yavapai County caserate continues to be high.
- The club had made a donation to the Sedona Community Food Bank in lieu of a Holiday Party
- The club will be holding a fundraiser for the Red Rock Trail Fund early in 2021. The club and one anonymous donor will match donations up to the first $1000. More information will be forthcoming.
Precautions for the 2020 Hiking Season
To keep our hikers safe in the new season, special precautions are in effect.
1. The Board of Directors established a COVID-19 committee to review the hike rules and requirements in light of the current pandemic... Dear Westerners
2. Brief Summary of Recommendations... Recommendations
3. Hiking Rules and Precautions Specific to COVID-19... Covid-19 Rules
4. Our New Hike Sign-In Sheet... New Sign-In
5. If an Active Member Tests Positive for COVID-19... Covid-Positive Hiker
2020 - 2021 Membership
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FLAGSTAFF ROAD STATUS
Please read the Forest Service Road Status
Hiking Related Medical Problems
Hiking Related Medical Problems by Dr. Curt Kommer
From blisters to snake bites, learn how to be prepared to prevent and treat medical problems that can happen when you are hiking. The information shared by Dr. Curt Kommer can help you make quick decisions when faced with injuries of yourself, a fellow hiker, or someone you run into on the trails. Please read and download a copy to reference at the beginning of each Hiking Season.
Northern Arizona Forests Wildfires
Wildfire Update — Please be aware of the updates for Kaibab National Forest Updates for Wildfires.
Please Click the following to connect to Kaibab National Forest Website
- Red Rock News - January 08, 2021
Westerners Mustangs Circumnavigate Cathedral Rock via Napoleon’s Tomb
The Westerners Mustangs met at 7:00 AM at the Baldwin Loop Trailhead on October 15, 2020, a gorgeous, sunny, and slightly chilly fall day. The Mustangs were divided into two groups under hike leaders Jim Sweeney and Terri Petrescu. The length of the hike was 5.2 miles and the elevation change was 1200 feet. The leaders gathered the two groups together and reviewed the Westerners’ hiking rules including new rules covering Covid 19 safety.
The main goal of this adventurous and multi-faceted hike was to circumnavigate Cathedral Rock in a loop hike and visit three destinations. First, to stop at the redrock formation locally known as “Napoleon’s Tomb” on the west side of the loop. Next, to ascend into the heart ...