Monday, February 29, 2016

Hohokam Petroglyphs in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve

Edward Abbott Ravenscroft is an Abbott Laboratories stockholder who enjoys hiking in his free time. Edward Abbott Ravenscroft’s favorite natural areas include Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park, as well as Phoenix Mountains Preserve. This network of parks features distinct remnants of cultural history, such as Hohokam petroglyphs.

Early inhabitants of central Arizona, the Hohokam practiced agriculture in Salt Valley along the Gila River until the mid-16th century. With a name meaning "those who have gone,” the Hohokam did indeed disappear suddenly. They left traces of their civilization in rock-face carvings that include abstract images as well as depictions of animals and hunters.

Though the original meaning of the Hohokam petroglyphs remains unknown, contemporary Pima Indians believe them to have spiritual significance. The carvings can be viewed from a number of trails, including the Judith Tunnel Accessible Trail in South Mountain Park, a quarter mile past the Education Center. Another petroglyph viewing spot is along the challenging Holbert Trail, which starts at the Visitor Center.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Safely Hiking the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Trail

Edward Abbott Ravenscroft is an active investor in Abbott Laboratories Corporation and Abbvie Pharmaceuticals. Edward Abbott Ravenscroft is also an outdoorsman, enjoying trail hiking at challenging venues such as the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon.

The Bright Angel Trail is the most frequently traveled path in the park; even so, few visitors try it. The trail begins on the South Rim at the Village and descends some 4,380 feet in 9.5 miles.

This affords some magnificent views of the Canyon's plant and animal life. Of historical interest are ancient pictographs embedded in the cliff walls and the remains of coral reefs.

Hikers should carry five or six liters of water, especially in the summer, when temperatures can reach 110 degrees. By far the best start times are before dawn and in the late afternoon or evening. Conditions are less extreme during the fall and spring hiking seasons.

To ensure adequate hydration, hikers should plan on resting for 15 minutes every hour. For safety's sake, park rangers patrol the trail to monitor hikers' health.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks Employ Two Highly Ranked Rookie Pitchers

A graduate of Arizona State University at Tempe, Edward Abbott Ravenscroft has been a shareholder in Abbott Laboratories for four years. Edward Abbott Ravenscroft enjoys following several professional teams, including baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

In preparation for the 2016 season, Arizona's pitching staff has hired two highly rated prospects, both of whom were ranked in the annual Major League Baseball Pipeline. The Pipeline's 100 spots are limited to players who were rookies at the start of the 2016 season.

Ranked 78th in 2015, Braden Shipley had a strong second half of the season with the double-A Mobile Bay Bears. After the All-Star break, Shipley earned a 2.66 ERA and surrendered two runs or less in eight of his nine games. He is ranked 67th on the current Pipeline list.

Archie Bradley, holding the 72nd slot in the 2016 Pipeline, fell from the 39th ranking in 2015. In his first three starts with the Diamondbacks, Bradley gave up only three runs in 18-2/3 innings. However, a line drive injury interrupted his season; he was sent down to the Arizona Rookie League, where he achieved a 2.76 ERA by not allowing more than three runs per game.

The Pipeline's rankings consist of assessments by scouts and scouting directors. Also taken into consideration are potential benefits to the players' teams, their skills, and their clubs' closeness to the major league level. (Players aged 23 and above who competed in international leagues, such as Cuba, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan were not eligible.)