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Summary:  How to Clean Military Camo, Tactical  and BDU Clothing:  ... wash in cold water, using eco-friendly or mild detergent without whiteners, brightening agents, or boosters.  Tumble dry warm with no fabric softener, remove promptly and reshape.  Air dry if you wish, out of direct sunlight, but remove camo fatigues from the washer before final spin cycle.  If fatigues need ironing, don't burn them ... use a low level or synthetic heat setting.

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Hot weather desert hiking changes routines, and mine has switched to a daily cooler morning urban 3-mile walk / hike through the neighborhood in the Ahwatukee Foothills below South Mountain.  The Foothills are loaded with hiking options, and this one is an especially nice way to start the day.

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Urban hiking:  Downtown Phoenix looks so small out there, but caught this view of a fire in progress near the downtown area during a morning climb to the summits.

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New to hiking?  Playing outside is always healthy and fun, and hiking is a great workout when done regularly.  In fact, after 6-8 weeks of conditioning out in the wild, along with sensible food intake, the pounds seem to melt off with every hike.  Plus, mountain hiking especially has a positive impact on your blood pressure, and is a great mood leveler.

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Telegraph Pass in South Mountain Park, Phoenix, is my hands down home favorite for regular workouts.  It's a beautiful trail ... tough enough to get your heart pumping with heavy breathing, and user friendly enough for beginning hikers to get their new boots dusty.

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