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Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike

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  • This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two fast-paced hikes with this club. We burn 1000 calories in 1½ hrs.

    Before signing up for this event, please read and understand this 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.

    Event Rating: STRENUOUS and FAST-PACED over very rough terrain.

    Distance: 5-6 MILES

    Time Duration: 1.5 - 2  HOURS

    Blaze Orange: Not required

    I'm baaack! I actually made it to last weeks' hike. I had to cut my vacation short and come back early because I was getting bombarded with calls and texts and emails - all complaining about Tony. 'He's too slow and wimpy!', they said. 'We all miss you and want you back!', they said. 'Even if it means facing the wolves again.', they said. So while I may let the trail boss on as a participant, it will be yours truly back up at the front again this Tuesday. That's the good news.

    The bad news? The wolves are back too. Fresh off vacation, all fired up, and jonesing to sink their fangs into your heels. The pack had a great time with me down at the shore. Mostly honing their hunting skills - chasing seagulls around the dumpsters, pretending they were hikers... mauling beach-goers for their potato chips and red plastic cups... attacking DEM rangers for making them pick up their poop from the beach...  Now they're all rested up and ready to get back to work on 'the hill'. I overheard one of them saying something about starting off easy this week and just picking off the stragglers. Whatever that means...

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

    Hot and Sweaty 17,


    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:

    -DEET, DEET, DEET. They're out and biting worse than the wolves, especially at the time we are out there on the hill.

    -The ticks are looking for you too! 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 lots of 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?)

    -Our trails are rough and loaded with toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. Wear appropriate footwear! Also be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are often plenty of wet and muddy spots on some of our trail. This can make for slippery going. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas.

    -Lastly, 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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  • Bill G.

    that is some pin-up above...just sayin'

    July 12, 2013


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