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2013 ULTIMATE HIKE (Information session 1 of 4)

  • Feb 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • REI


It's that time again folks, the ULTIMATE HIKE is now open to Asheville area hikers ! Need a goal for 2013 ? Then continue reading.

This is a fundraising event sponsored by the CureSearch Organization to help raise funds for various children's cancer research programs. You can find out more about the CureSearch organization by clicking here:

In 12 weeks, you'll be raising donations with your fellow hikers and training hard for a 28.3 mile hike to take place on June 1 ,2013. There is also the option to do a half distance hike if the 28.3 miles is too much for you. The entire hike will be along the picturesque Foothills Trail and in the end, you'll have a very gratifying feeling not only on finishing the hike (personal accomplishment), but also realizing what it ultimately was for....remember, THE BIG PICTURE !!!

Several members of this group, including myself, have already accomplished this hike last year. And this year I have chosen to be a hiking coach alongside fellow hiker & friend Shawn Earnest. For those of you that did this hike last year, please leave a comment on your overall experience please. Thanks.

If you're interested in learning more about this event, then go online and register for the information session of your choice, you only need to attend one of them. There will be 4 of them.


Information Sessions:

  1. Feb. 25th | 7:00 PM | REI Asheville | 31 Schenck Parkway | Asheville, NC 28803
  2. March 1st | 6:00 PM | Mast General | 15 Biltmore Ave. | Asheville, NC 28801
  3. March 2nd | 9:00 AM | Mast General | 15 Biltmore Ave. | Asheville, NC 28801
  4. March 9th | 3:00 PM | Gazebo at French Broad River Park | Amboy Rd. | Asheville

If you are not interested in joining this awesome event, then please help to spread the word to your friends who might be interested.

Thank you very much !

Ken Lane

Group 1, 2012 UH Hikers (Asheville/Charlotte team)

Group 2, 2012 UH Hikers (Asheville/Charlotte team)

You can check out last years Ultimate Hike photos here:

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  • Tracey R.

    What a great cause!! Would love to be able to do this...but since I can't this year, I'll be helping support the members of the Asheville Hiking Meetup that will be doing the hike. I hope you will too!!

    3 · February 26, 2013

  • David R.

    Good info great cause

    2 · February 25, 2013

  • Jeanne S.

    Great. I'm going to sign up!

    2 · February 25, 2013

  • Melissa C.

    Hi Ken - Where does the 1/2 distance hike originate and end? Is the trail easy, moderate or strenuous most of the way? Thanks.

    February 21, 2013

    • Ken L.

      The trail I would rate as Moderate because it starts at a higher elevation and goes down to the Chattooga River. There's "up and downs", but mostly it's downhill. Just check out my GPS track: http://connect.garmin...­

      February 21, 2013

    • Melissa C.

      Thanks! Helpful.

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ken ~ I noticed that your Garmin stats page didn't include weather info for last year's hike. This is the closest weather station I could find to the area.

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Cool, thanks John.

      February 25, 2013

  • Pamela U.

    I would like to donate me your mailing address.

    1 · February 22, 2013

    • Ken L.

      Great Pam. You'll have to wait until the participants setup their donation website in a few weeks. It's great to see an early eagerness to donate to such a great cause :)

      1 · February 22, 2013

  • Charles T.

    This hike was a blast last year. The whole team was great, and the CureSearch staff really put together a first-rate Hike Weekend. We had some participants that treated this as a cross country marathon, and others that were just looking for a moderately paced challenge. We even had some participants that had never hiked before. The route is well planned, with several "aid stations" along the way so that you don't have to carry a full day's worth of water, food, etc. I'm looking forward to another great experience this year!

    2 · February 22, 2013

  • Scott W.

    Looking forward to meeting a cool bunch of people......

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Ken L.

    Please RSVP to let others know in the group who else may be thinking of doing this. It helps to know how many people you can rely on for fund raising efforts.

    February 21, 2013

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