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D-backs go for hike up Camelback Mountain


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs pitchers and catchers took a field trip with manager Kirk Gibson on Friday as they took a bus to nearby Camelback Mountain and climbed to the summit.

"No one got hurt and we all made it to the top," reliever Brad Ziegler said. "That's a win."

With a longer than usual Spring Training, Gibson has sought ways to break up the monotony, and with the pitchers not scheduled to throw Friday, he decided to have them climb a mountain for conditioning rather than run sprints on the field.

"It was good," Gibson said. "It was challenging; we did it as a group, pretty good conditioning. I know my legs feel it. It's just fun being with the guys, being off site, being out with the people. It was a good workout. It was good to do it together and everybody did it and nobody got hurt."

The D-backs were delayed in reaching the top by 15 minutes while an injured hiker was removed via helicopter.

"We took a 15-minute break, which no one complained about," Ziegler said with a smile.

Did anyone run?

"No one ran," Ziegler said. "There was a girl that ran past us a couple of times, but other than that, no one."

The group took a team picture at the top of the mountain.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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