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Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike, 2.0

  • Feb 17, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two of this type of fast-paced hikes.

Before signing up for this event, please read and understand the entire Write-Up and the Liability Waiver. By signing up for this event you agree to the terms of the waiver.


Distance: 5 MILES

Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS

Blaze Orange: REQUIRED!

Left over Valentine treats for the leader: 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.'

I don't know about you, but after being bumped off the hill by Nemo last week, I am jonesing to get back into our Sunday routine. Am I addicted? Maybe. But I do miss my trail friends. And the wolves.

This week looks like the trail might be a combination of mud, frozen mud, a little snow, and definitely some ice. I strongly recommend that you bring along your microspikes or equivalent just in case. The temp is going to be in the 20s and the wind will be whipping. Remember, bladder tubes will freeze up in this weather. Oh, and be sure to save me some Valentine treats!

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

Cold and Miserable 14, Hypothermia!

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 fit hikers who can keep up are always welcome.

Any takers?

12:00 Noon, sharp! (Valentine treats for the wolves are prohibited)

A couple of serious points:

I do not hike quite as fast as Tony does (does anybody?), but make no mistake – although we do not actually run (well.. sometimes we do), 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. There are plenty of wet and icy areas on much of our trail. This can make for muddy and slippery going. 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.

Your Valentine,


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; 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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  • Scout

    Hey Bob -- why no hike today? Everything ok?

    February 24, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Hey, Scout. Actually it was a combination of things - mainly the weather. For safety sake, all our organizers try not to schedule any hikes during any active rain or snow events, especially when there are ice/freezing rain conditions forecast (you will notice there were none listed today club-wide). Of course most of our regular conditioned group wouldn't have any problem with that, but who knows who would sign up? It is further complicated by my being on-call to plow and sand with my truck and will have to go immediately if called. Thank you so much for your concern. I'm anxious to get back on the hill with you again. Your friend, Bob.

      1 · February 24, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Tougher going than I expected. Mostly unbroken snow with deep drifts. Had to hunt for the trail a few times. Almost 2½ hours for a 5 mile hike that normally takes 1½. Still good time though for being in deep snow. No problem staying warm in the cold and wind - we were sweating!
    Thank you Carolyn for doing most of the trail breaking.

    February 17, 2013

  • Carol B

    Hi Bob
    I'm resting my back today...hiked the NST yesterday and I have some pain today. I'll see you tomorrow for the Arcadia hike. Have fun today.

    February 17, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Thanks, Carol. I'll be happy to meet you 8:00 at the usual spot and do the driving tomorrow.

      February 17, 2013

    • Carol B

      ok Bob... 8 am in front of TJ Maxx, see you in the am.

      February 17, 2013

  • Carolyn W.

    Running a bit late. Will be there about 12:10

    February 17, 2013

  • Bob T.

    We're still on. Going to be crazy fun... and bitter cold! DRIVE SAFELY!

    February 17, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Dear Carolyn, and all else who signs up: I visited the trail this morning - mostly packed snow, some bare ground, and some deep drifts. Microspikes for sure, and probably snowshoes with the new snow coming. I am away out of town tonight and will be driving back in the morning. There is always a chance that the snow could cause me to be late for the hike. Please check this site and your emails in the morning for any last-minute adjustments.

    February 16, 2013

  • Liz

    I would run with you on this Sunday, but alas I must be elsewhere at 12:30. :( xoxo

    February 15, 2013

    • Carolyn W.

      And you thought you'd get out of it that easily. Cold inspires speed. I'll see you tomorrow.

      February 16, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Yes you will! ..and you're going to pay for it. ;^)

      February 16, 2013

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