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Crushing on the Camel: Tony Botelho and Caitlin Walker

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Crushing on the Camel:   Tony Botelho and Caitlin Walker
Camelback Mountain, in Phoenix, Arizona, has a special way of bringing out the “super” in people. You put one foot in front of the other for long enough and you conquer a Mountain. Not to mention on a double black diamond trail! But not everyone pulls off “super” on top quite like Tony and Caitlin, the focus of our February 2020 Community Spotlight Blog

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Ruben Olson: Abuelo of the Mountain

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Ruben Olson: Abuelo of the Mountain
This Community Spotlight Blog focuses on one of our cherished Regulars, Ruben Olson.  He is like our Abuelo, our Mountain Grandfather, passing out bits of wisdom and a wee bit of good natured, naughty humor. He can be seen regularly on both Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak 

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Community of the Camel

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Community of the Camel

Starting up the switchbacks at the beginning of Echo Canyon Trail, it’s 5:30 on a pleasantly warm November morning.  The trail is lit only by the faint light from the half moon overhead and the ambient glow from the surrounding city lights. Looking up I see him.... the Praying Monk in his eternal position of supplication. Smiling, it hits me again—what a gift this place is—our Magic Mountain. Hello, I am Jes Shapiro, administrator of @camelbackculture and designer for @camelbackculture.shop (CamebackCulture.com) and I want to thank each and every member of this varied and beautiful community. We all create the...

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Ken Koshio

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Ken Koshio

It is an honor to focus this Camelback Culture Community Spotlight Blog on Ken Koshio; Taiko Drummer, Folk Music Artist, Singer/Songwriter and “Global Peace Warrior!”  Sensei Koshio’s mission “to resonate with all individuals and all things in the universe, using the rhythm of taiko to co-exist in the universe through the synergy of our human heartbeats,” connects profoundly with Camelback Culture. For those who regularly summit Camelback Mountain for sunrise, you may have been treated to Ken playing his flute and drums. “I’m the guy to carry the Taiko and climb up the Camelback” he says with a wide grin. Providing fellow...

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Kerri and Kaila Hooper

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Camelback Culture Community Spotlight: Kerri and Kaila Hooper
For this month’s Camelback Culture Community Spotlight Blog, we met Kerri Hooper and her daughter, Kaila, at Granada Park in Phoenix, Arizona (because Saturday mornings at Echo Canyon can get busy!)  Kerri is the Facilities Coordinator for Northern Arizona University and an avid hiker.

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