Wolf Hill Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike, 2.0

  • December 2, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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  • · This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two hikes at a fast pace.

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  • Event Rating: STRENUOUS

    Distance: 5 MILES

    Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS

    Blaze Orange: REQUIRED!

    “... In addition to the above hunter requirements, all other users (hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, etc.) of State Management areas are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.” -- RIDEM,[masked] RI Hunting Abstract

  • This is the Eastern Standard Time version of Tony Chernasky's infamous Thursday evenings of pain and suffering on the trail, his 'Hot and Sweaty' series. It's now too dark after work on weekdays for the rescue crews to be dragging the exhausted and the dying out of the woods on stretchers, so we have moved it to the daylight hours of Sunday. With winter closing in, I am calling it 'The Cold and Miserable Series.'

    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 breathes to appreciate the landscape will be permitted - just so long as you don't slow us down!

    Last week was great! We took a couple of new trails, and everyone kept up nicely with the fast pace in the cool, dry weather.(And not even one wolf to be found!) This week's weather is promising to be unseasonably warm... in the 50s! So much for the "Cold" part of the series title. I'll see what I can do about increasing the "Miserable" part. Hmm.. maybe chum out some wolf bait on the trail...

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

    Cold and Miserable 4, Sweating It Out!

    TIME: 10:00 am. Sharp!

    Any takers?

    A couple of serious points:

    I do not hike as fast as Tony does (does anybody?), but make no mistake – although we do not actually run, 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!

    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! (Remember the name of the series?)

    Be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. Most recently, the leaf litter has been heavy on much of our trail. This makes for very slippery going as well as effectively hiding all those toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas. Wear appropriate footwear!


    “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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  • Jerilyn S S.

    Thanks Bob it was a great workout with good company!

    December 2, 2012

  • Bill G.

    Great exercise as usual, really fun, and I really apprecite the variety in the terrain.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kenny P.

    Any chance of scheduling a subsequent one early in the afternoon?

    November 28, 2012

    • Bob T.

      Thanks Jer. Very thoughtful of you. Actually the lock-in is on my end this week. And BTW, no singing on the trail... it attracts the wolves.

      November 28, 2012

    • Carolyn W.

      Woops! Just saw the full chain. Ignore my question.

      December 1, 2012

  • Marianne

    I'll be bringing a new friend this time.

    November 29, 2012

    • Bob T.

      Great! The more the merrier. Please remember that business about the waiver and individually signing up. And the orange. Glad you're coming.

      November 29, 2012

  • Ana R.

    I would really like to attend but I have not completed 2 hikes at a fast pace before. Can you recommend two hikes I can do so I can participate? I do work out regularly. Thanks in advance.

    November 29, 2012

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