The purpose of this group is introduce people to the Sierra Club, it's mission and enjoy the great outdoors!
Mitch Stevens, a New York City product, has built on his love for the outdoors, in general, and Arizona’s special places, in particular, to become one of the state’s premier outings leaders.Taking people to the unique and special places that Mitch has discovered makes them more willing and more focused on working, often with the Sierra Club, to protect these areas and to ensure that our nation has solid policies to keep them special. That’s the driving motive that led Mitch to become theRincon Group Outings Chair.
Although he grew up in a huge city surrounded by asphalt, concrete, and towering buildings, one summer, Mitch went to a camp in the woods of Pennsylvania. That stuck with him, so he majored in geology at City College of New York and longed to get back into the outdoors. He got his chance while working on his degree, taking a field trip to the Bighorn Basin and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.“I was almost obsessed with the West and its wildlands after that,” he said. His next trip was to the Southwest, and that sealed the deal. He talked his wife into moving here, and they examined San Diego, Tucson, and Albuquerque as possible home bases. They settled on Tucson in 1984. “The warm climate was really appealing; I was tired of the snow, ice, and gray skies. And there is something about the desert here that fascinates me.”
Mitch began hiking and exploring Arizona and the Southwest. Eventually, that led him to rejoin Sierra Club, and, in 2006, he began leading hikes for the Rincon Group. “I meet great people, and it’s good for the environment,” he said. When the Rincon Group Outings Chair position opened up in late 2008, Mitch stepped up and took on the task.
He leads seven or eight hikes a year while ensuring that the Rincon Group has an ample stable of outings leaders who meet the necessary qualifications and, with his help, put together appealing hikes for people of all interest and skill levels. He leads one long backpacking trip each year.
Last year, his long trip was to spectacular Kanab Creek, the longest tributary to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The group followed it from the Indian Hollow trailhead to the Colorado, a hike of 55 miles. In 2013, he led another version of that very popular trip, a nine-day outing that started at Monument Point at the North Rim, descended to Thunder River and Deer Creek, then traversed the Colorado River to Kanab Creek and back to the Rim at Sowats Point. Stay tuned for more adventures!
Turn up your speakers, enjoy "Arizona Stars,"produced by Mitch Stevens - a celebration of Arizona's beauty!