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Recently, as part of my partnership with the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), I gave my Hiking the Arizona Trail talk at REI in Chandler.  AOT livestreamed the presentation on their Instagram and Facebook and we got people from all over the world tuning in! Below is the presentation, a tour from Mexico to Utah with tips and tricks to plan your own adventure on the Arizona Trail. Plenty of stories, information and my best photos from over a decade on the AZT.

I’ll be doing a series of 8 articles, talks and social media posts with the Office of Tourism during my hike research for my upcoming book, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail with Wilderness Press. The articles will start next month, I’ll be sure to share them when they are published.

I’ve given this talk numerous times, but haven’t ever seen a recording of it. As suspected, I talk with my hands. A lot. No matter how brown and East Indian my skin is, the hands are all Italian. Hope you enjoy the presentation!

Shreve Saddle, one of the best views in all the Catalinas

Shreve Saddle on the Arizona Trail, one of the best views in all the Catalinas

 

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I was recently interviewed by Gale Straub for one of my favorite podcasts, She Explores, and you can listen to the episode here:

https://she-explores.com/podcast/because-trails-inspire-sirena-rana-dufault/

Arizona Trail near the Utah Border

Doing book research on the Arizona Trail near the Utah border

From the She Explores Website:

In this episode, you’ll hear:

– How Sirena started hiking at the age of 19
– The impact a car accident and the onset of Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, had on her life and hiking
– Tips for women whose romantic partners aren’t as interested in hiking or backpacking
– The benefits for Sirena of hiking solo
– How to stay connected when you’re off the grid
– What fibromyalgia feels like for Sirena and why she chooses to hike through the pain when she can
– Why section hiking a long trail is a great alternative to thru hiking
– History of the Arizona Trail
– How hiking trails connect communities to hikers and vice versa
– How Sirena started a career in trails
– The work she does through her consulting company, Trails Inspire
– Why promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a key element of her company’s mission statement and how she’s already put that mission into practice
– The book Sirena is working on for Wilderness Press
– Why Sirena recommends hiking the same trail more than once

I have been on the road for what seems like most of the year, most recently I attended Outdoor Retailer in Denver and before that, the Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism. For more info about what I was up to at the Governor’s Conference, click here to read an article I wrote about the experience.

Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

Sirena with Debbie Johnson, Executive Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism

I’m excited to announce that my book project, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, will be supported in part by the Arizona Office of Tourism, and I will be doing a series of articles, social media posts, and presentations for AOT while I am doing the research for the book. I’ll be sharing tips on the best places and seasons to experience the Arizona Trail and its Gateway Communities in advance of the book’s publication by Wilderness Press in Spring 2020. A Grand Canyon-sized thank you to AOT for this collaboration!

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2018 – rockin my new Purple Rain Adventure Skirt

Outdoor Retailer was a whirlwind of activity as usual. I was on a panel about the 50th anniversary of the National Scenic Trails Act with the Partnership for the National Trails.

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Trails 50 Panel: Luke Kloberdanz from Ice Age Trail, Taldi Walter from REI, Sirena from Trails Inspire, Brandi Horton from Rails to Trails, Amanda Jameson from Granite Gear Groundskeepers

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I attended Spark 2020, a conference before OR which brought together leaders in the effort to provide diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors. It was a great way to start the event and I’ll have an article out about it on the Gossamer Gear blog soon. Big thanks to Gossamer Gear for sending me to OR, it’s always such a great experience!

Spark 2020 Conference

Spark 2020 Conference

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Loved seeing the Outside Magazine cover every time we went into the show! With Amanda “Zuul” Jameson, Jenny Bruso from Unlikely Hikers, Ambreen Tariq from Brown People Camping

Made the cover photo and the video for Day 1 at Outdoor Retailer along with Teresa Martinez from the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, Amanda Jameson, and Teresa Baker, from African American Nature and Parks Experience who received an award for her Hike Like A Girl campaign.

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Group shot before heading into the show

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Picnic with Jennifer Pharr Davis and family

I got to meet with my publisher, Wilderness Press, and talk about plans for my book, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail. It’s great to be a part of their team!

Meeting with Tanya from Wilderness Press

Meeting with Tanya about my upcoming book with Wilderness Press

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Georgina Miranda from SheVentures and Karla Amador from 52 Hike Challenge

F00C6189-EDDD-4CE7-9722-44052ED56A7EI haven’t been getting out much, but I finally got out to canyoneer down Willow Canyon with my buddy Russ the other day. This canyon is a gem and so close to town!

Canyoneering Willow Canyon

Canyoneering Willow Canyon – photo by Russell James Newberg

Looking forward to more book research for the rest of the summer and fall, working on writing projects and hopefully getting out for some backpacking as well. Thanks for reading!

 

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Exciting announcement: I just signed my first book contract!

To the Arizona Trail - Writer Sirena Rana Dufault

For the next year and a half I will be researching and writing a book, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail, for Wilderness Press. It will have 26 of the best day hikes on the Arizona Trail combined with lots of interpretive information and photos of the views, history, plants, and more. Each day hike is connected to one of the Gateway Communities for post-hike eats, lodging and other fun things to do in the area.
Arizona Trail Sign - Picketpost Trailhead

Arizona Trail Sign at Picketpost Trailhead near the Gateway Community of Superior

I have wanted to write this book for years! I always get questions about people wanting to go on the AZT that are intimidated by choosing where to hike. The book will have hikes for all seasons and a wide range of difficulty levels from novice to expert. It will also be a resource for people just getting into the outdoors with info on what to bring and desert hiking tips and tricks.

View from the Dale Shewalter Memorial at Buffalo Park

View from the Dale Shewalter Memorial at Buffalo Park in the Gateway Community of Flagstaff

Thrilled to be creating a resource that will make it easy to experience this wonderful long-distance trail and its communities without having to do the whole 800 miles.

Now it’s time to get to work! I won’t have a lot of time to post on this blog but I’ll be sharing photos and video of my research process as I go along on my Instagram @desertsirena and the Trails Inspire Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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