March 6, 2007

The "Guys" Hike

This March 25th will be the happy day the Fourth Annual Guys Hike head's out. I've been sponsoring this event every year and just love the result. It's an easy and "low commitment" community experience for men and wildly fun for the boys (and men). And I just love how primitive it feels to be part of a group of men and boys walking single file in the mountains with a challenge to face.

Here is how the announcement for the hike reads:

Again, this year:

  • A group of group of men and boys will head off into the Sabino Canyon "wilderness" for a (not too) challenging 4-5 hour hiking experience that promises to have sufficient challenge, adventure, and beauty to be memorable.
  • Stories will be told, the natural environment explored, desert hiking skills taught and everyone will have the chance to support and be supported by others.
  • At the hike "summit," there will be celebration, a picnic lunch, and the big vista victory photo.
  • Young males will be watching the men for clues about manhood, and the men will be reminded about the competitiveness, playfulness, and sheer energy of adolescent males.
  • Men will create new connections or strengthened existing relationships with the young guys they brought and the other males on the hike.
  • Some men and some boy's lives will be profoundly impacted.
  • Everyone will have a lot of fun.
Do you think there is a "one-time" event you might sponsor in your community that would connect good men with other men and boys? I guarantee it's a big win for everyone.

Click here
to read all the details about the event.


  1. Hi Earl,
    I disagree that a man is a man is a man. Manhood is not irrelavent and therefore its 'quality' exits, comparable to other men. Manhood is directly related to living a moral life 'as a man'. That is the way to live an upright life. (What did the Greeks have to say about manhood?) Does it matter whether immoral men raise up boys? What becomes of boys corrupted that we might suppose that a man is a man is a man?

  2. Am I correct in my understanding that you feel all men are equal, men, regardless of their life experiences, work they've done to better understand themselves, intentional personal and emotional development, degree to which they give back to their communities... and in the case of Man-Making, the degree to which they accept some responsibility to the upcoming generations of males?

    I get that we are all "men," and equal as such, but I think some men understand and utilize their masculine potentials differently.

    I love your passion around this...


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