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Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike

  • Jun 18, 2013 · 5:45 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. We burn 1000 calories in 1½ hrs.

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 and any guest you bring, agree to the terms of the waiver.


Distance: 5+ MILES

Time Duration: 1.5 - 2  HOURS

Blaze Orange: Not required


A most interesting hike last week. Did I say hike? It was more like a swim! We sat out the rain in the cars for a while at the trailhead and when the radar on the smartphone showed it was ending, we hit the trail. NEVER trust the radar on the smartphone.

I thought we were in the Amazon rain forest. I kept waiting for the crocodiles and hippopotamuses to jump out of the rivers that used to be our trails. Even the wolves know enough to stay off the hill during a monsoon. But not us. Nope. There we were, headlamps on, running in water over our boot tops, hoping to outrun the lightning strikes -- all the while trying to keep up with madman Tony, who was leading us on a new route at a breathtaking pace. Hikers in body bags were floating down the trail all around us and Bill was singing 'The Morning After' from The Poseidon Adventure. 

It was without question the wettest and most fun hike ever! An epic and outrageous adventure that I will never forget. Let's make this week's hike a memorable one too. I'll see what I can do about getting the rain.

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

Hot and Sweaty 13,



Remember, although we do not run (well.. we do, actually), this is a fast-paced, 1½-2 hour hike designed to put you through a very vigorous workout over a lot of rough and steep areas. 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.

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.

Any takers?

5:45, sharp! Rain or shine. (Rain is better)


A couple of serious points:

The ticks are looking for you! Permethrin works best. (On your clothing, not your skin.)

Hydrating well prior to hitting the trail and carrying additional water on the trail is a must. 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 often plenty of wet and muddy areas on some 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.


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.

Safety First!

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  • Nancy G

    Glad we didn't let mother nature stop us, especially since it ended up being great weather given the fast pace and elevation. Thank you both for not calling it off - this roll of the dice definitely paid off.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Tony leading and Nancy for company - a perfect hike!

    June 18, 2013

    • Bill G.

      Did it turn out to be an "exercise swim?" Or did the storm pass in 10 minutes like last week... ; )

      June 19, 2013

    • Bob T.

      the rain wasn't a problem at all. it was coming down lightly when we started and ended about half-way thru. even the puddles weren't bad. nothing at all like last week! we moved along for a full 2 hours with hardly any breaks and i'm guessing we covered well over 6 miles. (and we missed you.)

      June 19, 2013

  • Kenny P.

    Sorry, I do not do Storms

    June 18, 2013

  • Dominique V

    Sorry guys, I wil not be able to make it tonight

    June 18, 2013

  • Lysa A.

    Sorry to is needy today so I need to stay late. LOL

    June 18, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    it might thunder...:(

    June 18, 2013

  • Bill G.

    My boots are almost dry from last week's action/adventure/comedy...Can anyone say " Jumanji "...?

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Bill G.

      Thanks Jerilyn and Patrick...

      June 16, 2013

    • Bob T.

      6 survivors? More like casualties.

      June 16, 2013

3 went

  • Bob T.
    Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Tony C.
    Wilderness First Aid/CPR Certified, Organizer

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