This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two of this type of fast-paced hikes.
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Event Rating: STRENUOUS and FAST-PACED
Distance: 5 MILES
Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS
Blaze Orange: REQUIRED!
Least week was awesome. A great workout with a very strong and fast group. A very fit group of exercise hikers indeed! And thank you for all those nice comments. I just pick the path though. We all do the work... and reap the benefits!
This Tuesday the forecast is for cool and damp. But unless it's pouring, we are going. Please dress accordingly. If the clouds break we will have a great view from Mercer Lookoutof the almost-Full Pink Moon rising over Providence.
And speaking of full moons, you know who that bring out! It's mating season and they're getting very aggressive. We might have to pick up the pace a little to stay ahead of them.
So update your will, put on your daring-do, and get ready to brave the dreaded woods for...
Hot and Sweaty 5,
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 breaths 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.
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!
A headlamp or small flashlight in your pack or pocket will come in awfully handy if we should be delayed exiting the woods for some reason.
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! Wet clothing can cause hypothermia even above freezing. (Remember the name of the series?)
Be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are still plenty of wet and muddy areas on much of our trail. This can make for 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.
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