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Wolf Hill - Mercer Lookout EXERCISE Hike

  • Apr 30, 2013 · 5:30 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!

We let our guard down last week. We didn't see them coming - we were moving fast and watching our footing. And we didn't hear them - they weren't howling. They were on us before we knew it. We were in their territory and they wanted us for supper. But we weren't going down without a fight.

We stood our ground and faced them head on. They made a few lunges, but we didn't even flinch. Then, Kenny bared his teeth and howled, Dean let out a roar like an angry bear, and I silently stared right into the packleader's eyes. Alpha male to alpha male. Well, let me tell you, they must have figured 'these guys are not only pretty tough, but they must also be pretty crazy to be hiking in this weather', and they spun on their paws and ran off the hill as fast as their legs could carry them. All we could hear was their crying and whimpering as they ran out of sight. Dean and Kenny and me? Why, we just couldn't stop laughing the whole the rest of the way down the trail. Yes sir. Tough guys.

You too can be a tough, crazy guy or gal. Just come on up to Wolf Hill to run with us and the wolves this Tuesday night, and show those nasty beasts who the boss really is.

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

Hot and Sweaty 6,


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 breaths 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?

5:30, sharp!


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!

A headlamp or small flashlight in your pack or pocket will come in awfully handy if we should be delayed exiting the woods for some reason.

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! Wet clothing can cause hypothermia even above freezing. (Remember the name of the series?)

Be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are still plenty of wet and muddy areas on much of our trail. This can make for 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.


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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  • Joanne

    Thanks Bob, awesome hike and workout!

    May 1, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    It was a nice hike but intense workout as Bob promised.

    May 1, 2013

  • Nancy G

    Another great route and a gorgeous night. Thanks for the workout Bob.

    May 1, 2013

  • Dominique V

    Beautiful sights, perfect light; a great hike with good company. Thank you Bob and everyone.

    April 30, 2013

  • Sue

    Excellent hike Bob !!

    April 30, 2013

  • David T.

    Nice pace

    April 30, 2013

  • moriah

    my son has been is sick so I wont be able to get out there tonight.

    April 30, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Good mom. We'll hike some other time.

      April 30, 2013

  • Bill

    really excellent!!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Kenny P.

    Great hike! Thanks Bob! It was nice to meet everyone! Such a wonderful group!

    April 30, 2013

  • Svetlan

    Oh yeah, great evening hike. Thanks Bob

    April 30, 2013

  • Richard

    Don't feel up to taking on the wolves this week

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Marianne

    Sorry. Something came up. Catch ya next time

    April 29, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Looking forward to it.

      April 29, 2013

  • Joanna G.

    I have not done any hikes yet but I workout 3 times a week and can run 3 miles without stopping. Can I still attend? It sounds like so much fun!!

    April 29, 2013

  • Kenny P.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 29, 2013

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