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Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike, 2.0

  • Mar 3, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two of this type of fast-paced hikes.

Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the waiver.


Distance: 5 MILES

Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS

Blaze Orange: REQUIRED!

Left over Valentine treats for the leader: REQUIRED!

This is the Eastern Standard Time version of Tony Chernasky's infamous Thursday evenings of pain and suffering on the trail, his 'Hot and Sweaty' series. It's now too dark after work on weekdays for the rescue crews to be dragging the exhausted and the dying out of the woods on stretchers, so we have moved it to the daylight hours of Sunday. With winter closing in, I am calling it 'The Cold and Miserable Series.'

The weather had us miss a couple of weeks this month, but it is looking good for this Sunday - warm and sunny. So while it is not going to be quite so 'cold and miserable', the down side is that the good weather really brings out the wolves. And they are hungry! We'll just have to throw them some raw meat or a slow hiker every now and then to keep them occupied.

This week looks like the trail might be a combination of mud, frozen mud, a little snow, and maybe even some ice. Very wet and sloppy in places for sure!

So update your will, put on your daring-do, and get ready to brave the dreaded woods for...

Cold and Miserable 15, Who's Hill is it Anyway?

Remember, this is NOT a stop-to-smell-the-roses hike. This is an EXERCISE hike, and the spectacular views and gorgeous scenery are not relevant to the workout and are to be totally ignored. Oh... alright... occasional brief glimpses between gasping breathes to appreciate the landscape will be permitted - just so long as you don't slow us down!

New fit hikers who can keep up are always welcome.

Any takers?

12:00 Noon, sharp!

A couple of serious points:

I do not hike quite as fast as Tony does (does anybody?), but make no mistake – although we do not actually run (well.. sometimes we do), this is a fast-paced, 1½-2 hour hike designed to put you through a very vigorous workout. Rest breaks are few and brief. Muscles and lungs are going to be screaming. If you are not accustomed to this type of workout, this is probably not the right hike for you.

Hydrating well prior to hitting the trail and carrying additional water on the trail is highly recommended. Bring water!

Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, keeping in mind that you will heat up quickly. Synthetic wicking and ventilating materials throughout every layer are best for keeping you dry while sweating. Avoid cotton! (Remember the name of the series?)

Be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are plenty of wet and icy areas on much of our trail. This can make for muddy and slippery going. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas. Wear appropriate footwear!

Also, please take a few minutes to check out the tabbed sections in the brown menu banner at the top of this page. There truly is some awfully good info in there, especially in the 'Pages' section, all intended to help you in becoming a wiser, safer, and happier hiker.


Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”

Liability Waiver

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • Siham

    Are we meeting next Sunday ?

    March 5, 2013

    • Bob T.

      yes, indeed. i usually post it on wednesday or thursday. watch for the invitation. hope you can make it.

      March 5, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    Thanks for a great workout again Wolfman!

    March 4, 2013

  • John H

    You can see a GPS plot and some stats for this hike on Google Maps at this URL Our average moving speed was 3.4 mph, which is impressive considering the conditions.

    March 3, 2013

  • Siham

    Wonderful experience thank you Bob :)

    March 3, 2013

  • Siham

    It was a great hiking experience, I really enjoyed it. Thank you everybody, I will see you all next time:)

    March 3, 2013

  • John H

    There was lots of puddles on the trails today. Puddles of water, puddles of mud, and puddles of wet snow. Of course it was fun, and some good exercise. Thanks, Bob.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Bob T.

    A terrific hike with a great workout. Sloppy trail conditions helped us outrun the wolves as we left them behind slipping and sliding in the mud and wet snow. Thanks everyone for a really nice time on the the hill.

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Carolyn W.

    Hey all! I've got to back out today. I went on an unexpectedly long hike in NH yesterday and I have to get back to real life and personal responsibilities today. Bob, is it possible to send me a trail map. If I have time, I might run over there on my own. I seem to remember some of the paths weren't obvious. Thanks

    March 3, 2013

    • Bob T.

      heading over there right now. will miss you. sorry, but the only map i know of is a very rudimentary one on the web that you can search for. hope to see you soon.

      March 3, 2013

  • Richard

    Wanted to go but those wolves look very hungry!!!

    1 · February 28, 2013

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  • Bob T.
    Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Scout
    Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified, Assistant Organizer
  • Jerilyn S S.
    CPR Certified, Assistant Organizer
  • John H
    Wilderness First Aid Certified ( WFA ), Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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