This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two of this type of fast-paced hikes.
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--NEW START TIME: 1:00 PM--
Event Rating: STRENUOUS
Distance: 5 MILES
Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS
Blaze Orange: REQUIRED!
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.'
Last week was the best one yet. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated. No wolves, no injuries, and no one had to be carried out (although we did have to leave Ken hanging from the zip line after it broke. We really should have used something stronger than that old clothesline...). Anyway, lately I have been getting an awful lot of complaints that these hikes are way too easy and just not quite miserable enough. You keep telling me you want to feel more pain. Well, never let it be said that I don't listen to my hikers. So, OK then - starting this week, we are going to take it up a notch. We are going to move at a much faster pace, with fewer and shorter rest stops, and longer, more rugged trails. You asked for it! And oh yeah, I forgot to mention.. 35° and 50% chance of drizzle. So update your will, put on your daring-do (and your rain gear), and get ready to brave the dreaded woods for...
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 breathes to appreciate the landscape will be permitted - just so long as you don't slow us down!
************ NEW TIME:1:00 PM ************
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!
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.
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