Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike

  • July 2, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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This hike is only open to members who have completed at least two fast-paced hikes with this club . We burn 1000 calories in 1½ hrs.

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Distance: 5+ MILES

Time Duration: 1.5 - 2  HOURS

Blaze Orange: Not required


Last week was the first hike of Summer in the Hot & Sweaty series, and it was...  well...  hot and sweaty! Five+ miles of hot and sweaty. And smelly. Even the wolves didn't want to come near us. But not one complaint from this awesome group of strong, high-spirited hikers! Man-oh-man do we have fun. Thanks everyone.

This week there will still be plenty of muddy and slippery spots, so good trail footwear is a must. And in addition to lots of water, definitely bring something for mosquito protection. They're pretty bad in the evening now, esp at the time we are out there on the hill.

Sadly, I will miss youthis week. I'm taking all the wolves to the shore for a much needed vacation for a week or so. Tony has been kind enough to take the lead this week. (Now you're gonna get it!) After a week or two with the trail boss setting the pace, you are going to be SO happy to have me (and the wolves) back...

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

Hot and Sweaty 15,


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!


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 www.hikesafe.com; 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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  • John H.

    Lots of fun, and good exercise as always. It was also hot, humid, and buggy (but not necessarily in that order). Thanks for leading, Tony.

    July 2, 2013

  • Sue

    Loved the Route tonight less the Mosquitos ! Plenty of hills for a great workout ! Thanks Tony !!

    July 2, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    I've only been once and never forgot the intense workout. I love it and looking forward to doing it again.

    July 1, 2013

  • Christine

    I am new to this group. I am fairly active, but not a hiker that 'has all the gear'. Do you think I will be okay doing this hike? I am game if you think it's okay to try it. If someone could let me know, that would be great.

    July 1, 2013

  • Charles V.

    I would very much like to attend but have other commitments that day

    June 30, 2013

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