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Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.

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Hiking Week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson

I've been invited to participate in Canyon Ranch in Tucson’s Hiking Week, November 1-8, 2008, for six consecutive days of group hikes and camaraderie with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. I've never before been to Canyon Ranch, so I'm really looking forward to it. The week will include treks into rugged canyons and also to alpine terrain, and will be a great opportunity to witness some beautiful scenery, meet new people, and enjoy the great outdoors.

The event is advertised to challenge the body and delight the spirit. We'll take daily guided journeys amid the exotic landscape of the Sonoran Desert and the cool pine forests of nearby mountaintops. Participants should be advanced hikers, capable of trekking 10 to 15 miles daily with elevation gains of up to 5,000 feet. Hikes take place at altitudes between 2,500 and 9,500 feet, and start early each morning, concluding by mid- to late afternoon. We'll also learn some wilderness medicine along the way.

Canyon Ranch, the world’s most celebrated health resort, is dedicated to the pursuit of optimal health – feeling your absolute best physically, mentally and spiritually. There are opportunities for dozens of daily fitness classes and outdoor activities, delicious spa cuisine, myriad wellness consultations, plus a tempting menu of rejuvenating body and skin care treatments. This abundance of choice, plus warm, attentive service and an atmosphere of casual luxury, has made award-winning Canyon Ranch a favorite of savvy spa-goers for nearly 30 years.

For all the obvious reasons, it will be wonderful to spend this terrific week at Canyon Ranch. I hope that some of you will be able to join me.

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.