MMSF Midweek-Evening Adventure/Cocoa Appreciation/Winter-­Layering Test Kitchen

BRING A MUG, PEOPLE! Fresh batteries! And (like Mom all'us said,) "Wear yer dang HAT."

Somebody forgot to pay the heating bill, and it's getting a bit cold out there! We're not worried about electrolytes and hydration -- we need Warm Hats! Gloves?!?!? OMG! Who'da thunk it?!?

For that matter, if prior Wednesdays were good for testing rain gear and hot-weather clothing, for the next few months, Wednesdays will be the Winter Layering Test Kitchen -- wear all your fancypants $8,000,000 "Miracle Wicking" fabrics and WindBlockerStopperThermo(Nuclear) Fleeces and all the rest of it...and we'll see what holds up. What works at what temps? How do you wear enough to stay safe/warm, but not over-burden OR commit that headiest of winter sins: SWEAT?!?!? (If "Cotton Kills," the gun is loaded with wetness.) Wool, silk, and synthetics that let snow just slip right off: great stuff, that.

So how do you do it??? Test test test.
"Hey," they replied, "that's Wednesday nights!"
Indeed. Indeed.

TIME FOR A NIGHT HIKE!

SO!
Will your base layers wick sweat without storing it? That will keep you warm even if you *do* slip up and sweat.
Will your intermediate layers nest? You need each successive layer to fit comfortably over the ones you're already wearing *without* binding your movement OR compressing any loft (insulation value!).
Will ALL of your layers allow you to maximally vent away excess heat/moist air, without untoward exposure to that vicious enemy, Wind??
AND WEAR IS YOUR HAT?!?!?

How do you know if your clothing *system* works? YOU TEST ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS!

(And, bring your mug -- I mean, ANY hot chocolate is *good* hot chocolate, dont'cha think?)

Things to bring:

you. hat. mug. FLASHLIGHT. COMPASS. excellent/neato clothing, something yummy on which to munch post hike, something tasty on which to sip ("adult-ish" or not) post hike, WATER, a bag of sticks (seriously! You think these fires come out of thin air?!?), a log or two (I mean, if you want heat from a fire, right?), your hiking stove/kitchen (there's nothing like an infield test, where you can still sleep at home if the thing bombs), CHAIR!!! BRING A CHAIR!!, blankie, OH, AND BRING ATTITUDE. (Come on: you're hiking at night, in winter, in cold and snow and rain.... you don't think some attitude is called for?)

We may stay on trails, we may bushwhack for a considerable distance, or both. Variety is our spice. BUT POST-HIKE, we'll seek to debrief in either Bryant Creek Shelter or Cherry Lake Shelter -- out of the wind, and with the possibility of a nice fire. (Not guaranteed, but hey: we do what we can, right? Maybe Gary can find us a pizza haven in M'ville....)

In any event, BREAK UP YOUR WEEK! STAY FIT! NIGHT-HIKE YOUR WAY TO WEALTH AND FAME! (Well, at least night-hike your way to comfortably traversing hardwood forests in the dark -- it's no big deal, unless you haven't done it.)

BRING THE KIDS. (Don't they *really* need a little fresh air and cool breezes to redden up those cheeks some? Sure they do. DRESS 'EM WARM.)

BUT PLEASE: IF YOU DO RSVP "YES", please also update with a "no" if you're not coming -- otherwise, 8-12 people will be waiting for you on a winter night, and no, we won't be thinking pleasant thoughts.


We meet up on the southwest side of Indy -- IN37, to be exact, right after peak rush hour. DEPARTING from McDonalds at 5:45pm, we pick up the Martinsvillians at 6:15, hence heading down to MMSF, pick a trail, and go burn it up. Light-n-fast "work-out" hike in a nearby, but still very neat, forest.  We rotate the trails (in choice and direction) so if your favorite has gone by, don't worry -- we'll change direction and do it again! We'll bushwhack!

MMSF has 4 primary hiking trails. Here's a very compressed map that benefits from zooming in: http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-MM_Hiking.pdf Low Gap and Three Lakes Loop are both roughly 10 miles, Mason Ridge and Rock House are roughly 3 miles each. If we started a 10 mile trail at 6:30pm and march (or run for those so inclined) at 2.5mph or better, we're done at 10:30pm. 3 or 6 mile trails might just be an hour or two.

So! Whatta ya say? A little deep, dark forest action in the middle of your week?

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Stand up, sit down...ache, ache, ache..... At least Aaron has a masseuse ..... :)

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm with you. Wrecked up my knee & feet are in bad shape! I'm sure we're all better people for it though!

      2 · January 2, 2014

    • Jeannie K

      hmmm, not sore at all! JK

      1 · January 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We sure covered some ground tonight, didn't we? More good times and new friends.

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Never a dull moment on Wednesday. Could have been a little more frigid for me.

      2 · January 2, 2014

  • Jeannie K

    Gate up at cherry lake...low gap trail head?

    January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We still parked at cherry lake

      January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm heading to the shelter now

      January 1, 2014

  • Gloria J. D.

    Where are we meeting today? 3 p.m., right?

    January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cherry lake shelter is what i've heard......sounds like the gate could be closed though ....idk...

      January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im bowing out of this hike. Too much holiday cheer. :(

    January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Seriously??

      1 · January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      More like "bring it to the middle!"....

      January 1, 2014

  • Jeannie K

    Yippee I'm on my way and i69 is going to get me there on time (I hope)

    January 1, 2014

  • John L.

    Ok time to get my 13 year old daughter out of bed and getting her ready to go. This is always so much fun!

    January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Southbound on 37 by 2:15 or so....if anyone wants to hitch a ride. Reply...or call[masked] to get my attention ...

    January 1, 2014

  • John L.

    Ok running behind here, can I confirm a 3pm start? I will bring the water.

    December 31, 2013

    • John L.

      I'm sure you know what 4 days in the cold wilderness can do to your sense of what day it is. :-)

      1 · December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Happy New Year Hiking Buddies!

      4 · December 31, 2013

  • John L.

    Dumb rsvp system

    December 31, 2013

  • Jeannie K

    With the start time of 3 I am out. Hopefully next week

    December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah man... I need some Jeannie in a bottle.. (Whiskey?) miss you. Run fast n get over here. :)

      December 28, 2013

    • Jeannie K

      changed my rsvp but might still try to meet you on the trail...

      December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If i cook a corn beef brisket any ideas on keeping it warm for 5 hours til we are done? Was there an outlet there?

    December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am able to keep it at a nice 98.6 degrees.

      4 · December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weird to think your life is always a solo journey, then another hiker shares a meal or a bit of soul. Tom. You are always more wise. No f rant. Just sad and you know why cuz you are always the wisest soul I follow. I keep giving up my rations.. Dumb luck.

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well I'm savoring the new friends in this sci-fi story, but sadly like every other good affair it will end. Any suggestions for my next? I wait with baited breath for your direction. (Hee, hee)

      December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My fierce leader, might we do another early walk and 10 this start of a new year?

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you all @ 3pm @ Cherry Lake. We're still having a fire after, right?

      December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wow. Just did 5 mile walk on sidewalks. I can barely walk let alone pull off any yoga pose. Weird that I can go 10 in the woods and feel better than 5 in town??

      December 28, 2013

  • Jerry

    Since this hike is on a holiday with not much else going on I’d also like an earlier start time or an optional pre-hike hike. And for those who made New Year’s resolutions to get active outdoors more often, this might be a good day for first timers to try a little night-hike sampler.

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jerry! Let's go 50 miles.. You run 40.. I'll drag butt 50. People that barely know you say yeah J runs the trails. Meanwhile, I cut 1.5 min off my mle thanks to your advice my bud! Weird hat guy.

      December 27, 2013

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