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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -

A search is underway in the Superstition Mountains east of the Phoenix area for a 34-year-old man last seen Monday when he set out for a hike at Lost Dutchman State Park.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Hensley recently moved to Arizona.

Authorities say Hensley was dressed in black workout shorts, skateboard shoes and didn't have much water with him -- only enough for a short hike.

Hensley did not tell his family which part of the park he planned to hike and PCSO's search and rescue unit has been searching the rough terrain for over 45 hours.

The Sheriff's Office says its search and rescue unit deployed Monday night and that a member suffered a serious leg injury Tuesday night when a 20-pound rock fell on his leg.

Another member sprained an ankle.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "The Pinal County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team already has had a record year
for the number of calls for service related to lost hikers. Individuals are encouraged to enjoy the great
outdoors and the beautiful hiking trails of the Superstition Mountains but they need to be prepared before
starting their adventure."

Tips from PCSO:

  • Always inform someone on your plans. Make sure they know the area you will be in and when to expect your return. Then make sure you stick to you plan.


  • Bring plenty of water. Make sure to take enough to stay properly hydrated and have extra in case a missed trail or wrong turn extends your tip.


  • Take a cell phone.


  • Have adequate clothing. Clothing should be lightweight, light in color, appropriate pants and long sleeve shirt.


  • Have a hat available to protect your head and neck from the sun. Have a good set of boots with non-slip soles if possible. Tennis shoes are not adequate for hiking mountain trails.


  • Know weather conditions.


  • Know your limitations. If you start feeling fatigued or ill, it's alright for you to turn around and head back. Don't ignore what your body is telling you.


  • Bring compass/GPS/maps. The old-fashioned compass is rapidly going way to the GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation. But compasses are still often cheaper and it's always a good idea for hikers to get familiar with one and how to use it. If you are

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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