The Arizona Outdoor and Travel Club (AOTC) is a non-profit club which provides a variety of outdoor and travel related activities. Membership is open
to all adults, single or married. Both family and individual memberships allow dependent children to participate in many of the activities. Activities
include hiking, biking, camping, skiing, backpacking, water sports, 4X4 trips and monthly general meetings. For more information and updates,
Visit us on the web at www.azoutdoortravelclub.com!
Tuesday, June 2 – Exercise Hike, Phoenix Mountain Preserve
RATING: B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 ft CO-LEADERS: Gary 623 878-6106 and
Tom 602 264-9813
Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the Loehman’s parking lot, SW corner of 32nd St and Lincoln. This
is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a
variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-members is $5.
Tuesday, June 2 – General Membership Meeting
7 pm, Hotel Scottsdale, 5101 N Scottsdale Rd (east side of Scottsdale Rd, just north of Chaparral)
Come to the first-ever AOTC Swap Meet EXTRAVAGANZA at the meeting on June 2. Dig out some of
your old hiking, biking, camping gear etc. – stuff you never use anymore, stuff that doesn't fit any-
more, books you don't read anymore – and bring it all to the meeting. Be prepared to sell it or swap
it with someone else. Show up early so you can set up your own table and be ready to participate.
The Hiking Shack, REI, and others have donated brand-new equipment which will be continually raf-
fled off during the meeting. Best of all, come and socialize with all of your friends. Meeting starts
at 7 pm.
Wednesday, June 3 – First Wednesday Hike
RATING: B DISTANCE: 6-10 mi ELEV GAIN:< 1500 FT LEADER: Ralph Engler 602 996-7312(H)
or 480 855-7062(C)
Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7) in the Dreamy Draw parking lot (north end) east of Rte 51. This is a
quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety of
trails. Bring water and sunscreen. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members is $5.
Saturday, June 6 – Eastern End of West Clear Creek Hike (above Strawberry)
RATING: B LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft CO-LEADERS: Jim LeMay 480 540-4362 and
Grace Chen 480 767-1727
Meet at 6:30 am (depart at 6:45) at Wendy's in Fountain Hills. This hike starts with a steep (but no
big drop-offs) descent to the creek, then along the creek 3-4 miles. The steepness of the descent is
what makes this a B hike. Water shoes or old boots are recommended for the shallow creek cross-
ings. Aside from seeing the beauty of the canyon with its 500-700 foot walls, we'll enter the Grotto
(a slot canyon that opens into a huge cathedral-like room) with an Indian rock wall. We'll continue
to an area with about 100 ft of petroglyphs where we will snack and then return. The creek is at
6000 ft elevation so temps should be pleasant. Cost to non-members is $5.
Sunday, June 7 – Woodchute Trail Hike Sat, June 13 – Sycamore Rim Loop Hike
RATING: B- LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 800 ft RATING: B LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft
LEADER: Joyce Morningstar 602 299-7244 LEADER: Paula Bentley 480 981-7859
Meet at 7 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park & firstname.lastname@example.org
Ride at I-17 & Bell Road to carpool to the Potato Sign up in advance by calling or emailing leader.
Patch trailhead on Woodchute Mountain. The Limited to 14 people, no pets. Meet at 5:45 am
trail follows the contour of the mountain along a (depart at 6) at the Park and Ride southwest of
ridge line and then climbs through a forest of Bell and the I-17. Join me for this beautiful hike
pine and juniper to reach the viewpoint on the in the coolness of the Kaibab National Forest at
north side of the mountain. Great views of Hum- 6500 feet. Bring lunch, snacks, at least 3 qts of
phrey’s Peak and the Verde Valley. Bring plenty water and/or electrolyte fluids, and cash for car-
of water, lunch, and a rain jacket. Wear sun- pool. After our hike we will stop for dinner at a
screen, hat, and sturdy hiking boots. Cost to restaurant before returning home. Plan on a full
non-members is $5. day of hiking/driving. It’s recommended you
wear boots, pants, and hat. Getting to our trail-
Tuesday, June 9 – Exercise Hike, Phoenix head involves driving on dirt roads suitable for
Mountain Preserve passenger cars. Guest fee of $5.
RATING: B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN:
<1000 ft CO-LEADERS: Gary 623 878-6106 Sunday, June 14 – Mogollon Rim 260 Trail
and Tom 602 264-9813 Hike (Payson)
Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the Loehman’s RATING: C+ LENGTH: 8 mi ELEV GAIN: 850 ft
parking lot, SW corner of 32nd St and Lincoln. LEADER: Bev 480 415-7147
This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Meet at 7 am (depart 7:15) at Wendy's, Shea
Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encom- Blvd just west of the Beeline Hwy. Our hike, east
pass a variety of trails. Bring water and sun- of Payson, is a moderately easy 8-miler (round
screen. Cost to non-members is $5. trip) in the cool ponderosa pines. We'll start out
at the 260 trailhead, just west of the turnoff for
Tuesday, June 9 – Zelma Basha Salmeri Woods Canyon Lake, and hike to the Christopher
Gallery Creek area. There we’ll stop for lunch before
RATING: Fun and Culture LEADER: Grace Chen heading back to our vehicles on the same trail.
480 767-1727 Bring lunch, sunscreen/hat, and a minimum of 2
Meet at 9:30 am (depart 9:45) in the parking lot quarts of water. Cost to non-members is $5.
of Jo-Ann Fabric at the Pavilions (Indian Bend
and 101 Freeway). Join us for a cultural event to Sun, June 14 – Sunday Morning Social Ride
view one of the largest private collections of RATING: B LEADER: TC 602 377-1115 CO-
contemporary Western and Native American art. LEADER: Patty 602 620-7406
It is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercol- Meet at 7 am (depart 7:10) at the Park & Ride
ors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen- on the SW corner of Bell Road and Highway 51.
&-inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculp- We will be making the short 30-mile loop around
tures, turned-wood bowls, basketry, pottery, ka- the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The route will
chinas and jewelry. The collection is said to rival include bike lanes on Union Hills, and paved bike
that of the Heard Museum and best of all, ad- paths along the Cave Creek Wash, the Arizona
mission is free! We might stop for lunch after- Canal, and then up through Dreamy Draw. We
wards. will start and finish as a group. Bring your road
bike, water, spare tube, and wear your required
helmet. Please call to confirm participation.
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Tuesday, June 16 – Exercise Hike, Phoenix Tuesday, June 23 – Exercise Hike, Phoenix
Mountain Preserve Mountain Preserve
RATING: B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < RATING: B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: <
1000 ft CO-LEADERS: Gary 623 878-6106 and 1000 ft CO-LEADERS: Gary 623 878-6106 and
Tom 602 264-9813 Tom 602 264-9813
Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the Loehman’s Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the Loehman’s
parking lot, SW corner of 32nd St and Lincoln. parking lot, SW corner of 32nd St and Lincoln.
This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the This is a quick-paced exercise hike through the
Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass Phoenix Mountain Preserve, which will encompass
a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. a variety of trails. Bring water and sunscreen.
Cost to non-members is $5. Cost to non-members is $5.
Wednesday, June 17 – Papago Park Mtn Tuesday, June 23 – Scottsdale Social Ride
Bike Ride RATING: C LEADER: Linda H. 480 947-3441
RATING: C LEADER: Juliebond@oxford.com Lindaanne@cox.net
Meet at 5:30 pm at the north end of zoo parking Meet at 6 pm (depart 6:15 pm) at Zipps Restau-
lot; be ready to ride at 5:30. Seven to 11 miles rant, SW corner of Camelback Rd and Miller. The
at an easy pace. Bring your working mountain route will be chosen prior to the ride, which will
bike, helmet and water. $5 for non-members. be in and around the Scottsdale area. Wear the
required helmet, bring water and have a bicycle
Thursday, June 18 – Garduño's Happy Hour light. $5 for non-members.
HOSTESS: Linda H 480 947-3441 TIME: 4-6 pm
If you missed Cinco de Mayo, here's your oppor- Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28 – Help "Close
tunity to make up for it. Come join us from 4-6 the Gap" in the San Francisco Peaks
at Garduño's Restaurant at 8787 N. Scottsdale Passage of the AZ Trail
Rd, Ste. A-102, in the Shops at Gainey Village LEADERS: Gay and Gary Hohner
(corner of Scottsdale Road and Doubletree Ranch email@example.com or 480 595-9303
Road, 3 blocks south of Shea). Their phone is This is an AZ Trail Association event to which
480 607-9222. Enjoy $4 house Margaritas or $5 AOTC members are invited. Help build new AZ
fruit Margaritas, $2.50 Dos Equis or draft beer, Trail outside Flagstaff. Reservations please, by
and $3 well drinks and wine. Starters, except the June 22. ATA will provide experienced crew lead-
shrimp, are half price, so bring your appetites. ers, Saturday lunch, tools, porta-potties. May
camp with us Friday and Saturday night and work
Saturday, June 20 – Mogollon Rim/Milk Saturday or Sunday or both. Info on schedule,
Ranch Point Loop Hike location, what to bring provided with reservation:
RATING: B+ LENGTH: 11 mi ELEV GAIN: 2000 call or email the leaders. More info: events calen-
ft LEADER: Dan Rothman 480 991-1647(home) dar at aztrail.org; also check out how your votes
480 773-519 (cell) through May 31 can help the AZ Trail win a
Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at Wendy’s on $50,000 grant.
Shea just west of the Beeline Highway. We’ll
start at the Geronimo Trailhead at the base of Saturday, June 27 – Philomena Springs
the Rim near Pine, and hike up to the top on the Off-Trail Hike
seldom-used Turkey Trail, which has beautiful RATING: A LENGTH: 7 mi ELEV GAIN: 3000'
views of the Rim. We’ll then hike along the top LEADER: Les Cherow 602 943-3673
on the Milk Ranch Point Plateau, descending on firstname.lastname@example.org
the shady West Weber Trail. Bring sturdy hiking Meet at 6:45 am (depart at 7:00) at McDonald’s,
boots, water, sunscreen. Non-member fee $5. northeast corner of Carefree Hwy and I-17.
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This little-known off-trail hike will take us to a free-
flowing series of springs located on the northwest
side of the San Francisco Peaks, at 11,500 ft. The PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
view from Philomena Springs is spectacular. Expect
profuse high-altitude wildflowers, pristine water at Want more AOTC hikes or trips? How
one of only two springs on the peaks, lush moun- come they (AOTC leaders) are leading
tain meadows and dense forest with lingering fewer of these? Who are “they”? “They”
patches of snow. Always a good chance to see elk, are you and me. We can do a lot more with
mule deer and (occasionally) bear in this seldom- your help. We need new leaders, not just
visited area. Due to the nature of this hike, (very the “retired” AOTCers. Leading a hike, ac-
steep sections and traversing areas of fallen tim- tivity, or trip isn’t difficult. Pick a place you
ber) this outing is to be considered for strong 'A' want to go and take a few others along! It’s
hikers. No dogs or children. Cost to non-members fun and a great opportunity to share your
is $5. love for the outdoors with others!
Tuesday, June 30 – Exercise Hike, Phoenix
FREE TRIP - lead a trip for AOTC. Lead
Mountain Preserve 14 other AOTC members somewhere that
RATING: B- LENGTH: 5-7 mi ELEV GAIN: < 1000 you have been wanting to go, and you get
ft CO-LEADERS: Gary 623 878-6106 and Tom your trip free. Contact Chuck Williams or
602 264-9813 myself for details!
Meet at 7:45 am (depart at 8) at the Loehman’s Jon Nichols
parking lot, SW corner of 32nd St and Lincoln. This
is a quick-paced exercise hike through the Phoenix
Mountain Preserve, which will encompass a variety
of trails. Bring water and sunscreen. Cost to non-
members is $5.
NOTICE: AOTC CARPOOL FEE RULES
On a vehicle-by-vehicle basis:
1. Each vehicle will begin with a full tank of
gas. If a driver does not have a full tank at
the beginning of the event, s/he will fill it up
at the nearest station.
2. Driver, only, does not pay for gas.
3. The actual cost of gas is divided by the
number of passengers in a vehicle at each July 18-25 – Hike Summit County,
gas stop, which includes the last gas fill-up Colorado!
at the end of the trip. LEADER: John Nichols 480 860-5758
4. The trip leader will identify the driving email@example.com
vehicles and the number of passengers per We will be driving to Breckenridge, Colorado on
vehicle. Saturday, July 18 passing through Kayenta,
Moab, and Grand Junction. Early departure will
get us to Costco in Gypsum, Colorado before it
closes at 6 pm. We will be staying in two town-
houses across the street from each other in
Breckenridge, a town with many shops and
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restaurants, and discount shopping at nearby National Speleological Society 45 years). Addi-
Silverthorn. Hikes will be from easy to strenuous in tional tours will give us some real caving experi-
the magnificent, cool Rockies. Cost is $640, includ- ence using hard hats and headlamps. For those
ing most meals, transportation and lodging. We will interested in spending a few (or more) days hik-
eat out 2 nights at your expense. Trip limited to 14 ing, we'll check out over 100 great hikes in Carls-
people. On Saturday, July 25 we’ll drive through bad as well as Guadalupe Mountains National
Gunnison, Montrose, Ouray, Silverton, and Du- Park in nearby west Texas. We will spend one
rango. Call or email the leader for more informa- evening watching as nearly 400,000 bats exit
tion. $200 deposit due at sign-up. Carlsbad Caverns in search of smorgasbord of
insects for dinner. Cost for the trip is $325 which
July 25-26 – Help "Close the Gap" in the San includes lodging and entry fees for the two main
Francisco Peaks Passage of the AZ Trail cave tours. Meals, transportation, and some cave
LEADERS: Gay and Gary Hohner at tours not included. Call or e-mail the leader for
firstname.lastname@example.org or 480 595-9303. more information.
This is an AZ Trail Association event to which AOTC
members are invited. Help build new AZ Trail out- January 30-February 6, 2010 – FWSA
side Flagstaff. Reservations please by July 17. Keystone Ski Trip
Schedule, location, what to bring provided with The Far West Ski Association’s annual ski week
reservation (contact leaders). Events calendar at will be held at Keystone, Colorado in 2010. Price
aztrail.org. includes lodging, 5-day lift ticket (inter-
changeable with Beaver Creek, Vail and Brecken-
Sunday, August 9 to Monday, August 17th – ridge), welcome party, pub crawl, mountain pic-
Climb Mt St Helens and Mt Adams nic, apres-ski party, farewell banquet, Council
(Interest Only) Night dinner and racing. A price for air transpor-
RATING: A+ LEADER: Duane Ray (experienced tation is TBD. This drip draws 300-400 skiers
mountaineer; Mazama Hiking Club, Portland Ore- from all the western states and gets rave re-
gon) CO-LEADER: John Nichols 480 860-5758 views! Package price is from $1103-$1229, de-
email@example.com pending on lodging. Air is not included. For more
Join Duane and John on climbs of Mt St Helens and information, contact Lee Lambie at
Adams in Washington. The Monitor Ridge Route firstname.lastname@example.org or 602 468-2429.
from Climber’s Bivouac to ascend Mt St Helens
gains 4500 feet in five miles to the crater rim at Obtain Discount Harkins movie tickets,
8365 feet elevation. Although strenuous, this non- $6.50 each Purchase from Jan Stockman at the
technical climb is suitable for people in excellent meetings, or call her at 602 376-0196.
physical condition who are comfortable scrambling
on steep, rugged terrain. Most climbers complete
the round trip in seven to twelve hours. The south
climb of Mt Adams is not technically challenging,
but it involves a climb of 6700 vertical feet across
snow and rock to reach the 12276-foot summit of
Mt Adams. We will overnight at the 'Lunch
Counter,' spend the night and summit the next
day. Call or email John Nichols for more info or to
Saturday-Saturday, August 22-29 – Carlsbad
Caverns National Park Caving and Hiking
LEADER: Dave Richardson 480 451-8808
email@example.com CO-LEADER: John Nichols
If you have ever wanted to do little spelunking or
cave exploring as well as some hiking then of this
trip is for you. We will spend a couple of days tour-
ing the commercial sections of Carlsbad caverns.
Some of these tours will be guided by park rang-
ers, others will be guided by your leader (member
June 2009 5
2009 AOTC Officers Activity Rating Guide
President: John Nichols 480 860-5758 AOTC activities are gauged by the following chart.
Vice President: Dave Richardson 480 451-8808
Please consider the difficulty factor prior to signing up
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an activity.
Treasurer: Kaye Krohlow 480 860-5758
Email: email@example.com Hike Ratings
Secretary: Paula Bentley 480 981-7859
Past President: Van Smith 623 465-7440 Rating Miles Elevation Gain
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org A+ 20+ 4,000+ ft.
A 16-20 3,000-4,000 ft.
Al Stockman 623 937-7155 A- 14-16 2,500-3,500 ft.
Email: AlBondman@msn.com B+ 12-14 2,000-2,500 ft.
Linda Holman 480 947-3441 B 10-12 1,500-2,000 ft.
B- 8-10 1,100-1,500 ft.
Chuck Williams 480 515-2939
Email: email@example.com C+ 6- 8 800-1,100 ft.
Jan Stockman 602 376-0196 C/D 2- 6 400-800 ft.
Bicycle Ride Ratings
Chairperson: Chuck Williams 480 515-2939
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org A 30-50 miles on flat terrain or 20-35 miles
with hills. Road may have heavy traffic.
Greg Cravener 480 797-2450
Email: email@example.com B 15-30 miles on flat terrain or 10-20 miles
with hills. Roads may have traffic.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org C 10-15 miles on flat terrain, or 10 miles with
hills. Quiet streets or bike paths.
Public Relations Committee
Chairperson: Larry Ashcroft 602 789-9548
Equipment for A & B rides consists of a lightweight bi-
cycle with multiple gearing, water bottle, tire pump,
Social Committee extra tube, repair kit, helmet and riding gloves. We
Chairperson: Myrna Walker 480 947-5837 also suggest bike shorts. Riders will not be left by the
wayside, but are expected to be self-sufficient. A buddy
Coordinators system is in effect for the last two riders.
The following are Volunteer Activity Coordinators. Contact them if
you need information or help arranging your activity. Please coordi- Equipment for C rides consists of a bicycle in good, safe
nate your activity schedule through the appropriate Volunteer Activ-
ity Coordinator. repair, water bottle, tire pump, extra tube, repair kit,
and helmet. C rides will have a leader and a “sweep”.
Hiking: Daniel Rothman 480 991-1647
Email: email@example.com Members, please pay attention to the activity rat-
Grace Chen 480 767-1727
Email: Chenia@aol.com ing given a hike or bike ride. The ratings were de-
Adopt-a- Marilyn Schrab 480 473-2565 signed to give participants an indication of the difficulty
Highway: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org of an activity in advance. Some hikes and bike rides
sponsored by AOTC are arduous and can be dangerous
Bicycling: Myrna Walker 480 947-5837
Email: email@example.com for less experienced members. It is extremely important
Karl Weinrich 602 667-3243 that members wear suggested clothing and carry re-
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org quired equipment (hiking boots, helmets, gloves, etc.).
All activity write-ups MUST be submitted to the proper Activity
If you have any questions or doubts about the difficulty
Coordinator for review and approval before they are sanctioned of the activity or your ability to participate safely, please
events. Activities can be submitted to Activity Coordinators by contact the activity leader. We want everyone to have an
email. They are submitted to an Activity Coordinator, not to the enjoyable and safe time on AOTC sponsored activities.
Newsletter Editor or Webmaster.
Consumption of alcohol during an AOTC bike or hike
activity is prohibited.
Visit us on the web at
www.azoutdoortravelclub.com REMEMBER! A free membership can be earned by
leading 8 activities per calendar year OR by sign-
ing up 8 new members in a calendar year.
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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP – ARIZONA OUTDOOR AND TRAVEL CLUB
Phone: ________________________ Email: __________________________________
How did you find out about AOTC?
New Member Individual Membership with printed/mailed newsletter— $35/year
Renewal Member Individual Membership with emailed newsletter— $25/year
Change of Address Family Membership with printed/mailed newsletter— $50/year
Family Membership with emailed newsletter— $40/year
Include me in the club directory: Yes No I would like to lead/co-lead an activity: Yes No
Interests: Hiking Biking Backpacking Camping Canoeing Travel 4x4 Other
I/We, intending to be legally-bound members of the Arizona Outdoor and Travel Club™ (AOTC), do hereby, for myself,
my family, and my heirs, release all rights and claims for personal injuries or damages I/we incur while participating
in AOTC-sponsored activities.
Applicant:___________________________ Other family member:________________________ Date:__________
Mail to: AOTC, PO Box 5465, Scottsdale, AZ 85261
Tue, June 2 – Exercise Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve Wed, June 17 – Papago Park Mtn Bike Ride
Tue, June 2 – General Membership Meeting Thu, June 18 – Garduño's Happy Hour
Wed, June 3 – 1st Weds Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve Sat, June 20 – Mogollon Rim/Milk Ranch Point Loop
Sat, June 6 – Eastern End of West Clear Creek Hike Hike
Sun, June 7 – Woodchute Trail Hike Tue, June 23 – Exercise Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve
Tue, June 9 – Exercise Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve Tue, June 23 – Scottsdale Social Ride
Tue, June 9 – Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery Sat-Sun, June 27-28 – "Close the Gap"
Sat, June 13 – Sycamore Rim Loop Hike San Francisco Peaks
Sun, June 14 – Mogollon Rim 260 Trail Hike Sat, June 27 – Philomena Springs Off-Trail Hike
Sun, June 14 – Sunday Morning Social Ride Tue, June 30 – Exercise Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve
Tue, June 16 – Exercise Hike, Phx Mtn Preserve
We welcome guests! Please give us a try! We encourage guests to participate in activities (rules and space permitting). Non-members are
charged $5 for all activities that are free to members. Selected activities are open to members only. For paid activities, non-members will
be assessed an additional fee based on the cost of the activity. Guests must sign a liability release and be aware of the ACTIVITY RATING
GUIDE. Guests must call leaders before participating in any AOTC activity.
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Hotel Scottsdale, 5101 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
(On the east side of Scottsdale Road, just north of Chaparral)
Come to the first-ever AOTC Swap Meet EXTRAVAGANZA at our June 2 meeting. Dig out some of your old hik-
ing, biking, camping gear etc.—stuff that you never use anymore, stuff that doesn't fit you anymore, books
you don't read anymore—and bring it all to the meeting. Be prepared to sell it or swap it with someone else.
Show up early so you can set up your own table and be ready to participate. The Hiking Shack, REI, and others
have donated brand-new equipment which will be continually raffled off during the meeting. Best of all, come
and socialize with all of your friends.
Water will be provided at the General Membership Meeting. Soft drinks and
adult beverages can be purchased at the bar and brought to the meeting.
Guests (non-members) must call leaders before participating in any AOTC activity.
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
P.O. Box 5465
Arizona Outdoor and Travel Club