This hike is open only to members who have completed at least one level 4 hike with this club. We burn over 1000 calories in 1½ - 2 hrs, so you must be accustomed to this level of exercise or you will not be able to keep up with the group and you will get left behind. In the woods. Alone. At night. And the wolves will eat you...
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Event Rating: Level 4+, VERY STRENUOUS and VERY FAST-PACED over very rough terrain. Recommended for members who have completed one or more Level 4 hikes.
Distance: 5-6 MILES
Time Duration: 1.5 - 2 HOURS
Blaze Orange: Not required
You might want to print out the words to this so we can all sing it together along the trail. Won't that be swell?
The trail is calling.
So update your will, put on your daring-do, and get ready to brave the dreaded woods for...
This is a very fast paced hike, almost a brisk run, over a lot of rough and steep areas. It is designed to put you through a very vigorous workout for 1½-2 hours. 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.
“Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”
A couple of serious points:
- The mosquitoes are not as thick now, but they are still around. Bring some bug spray.
-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 when we are running around in the dark. You will need a light.
-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 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.
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.