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This is the Eastern Standard Time version of our infamous Tuesday evenings of pain and suffering on the trail, the DST '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 & Miserable' series.

Last Sunday we caught a break with some mild weather. No such luck this week.

The forecast for this Sunday: Cold & Miserable.

The trail conditions: Cold & Miserable.

The hike leader: Cold(hearted) & Miserable.

You are going to be: Yup... Cold & Miserable.

10:00 AM, sharp. Weather be damned.

Bob

“Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”

A couple of serious points:

-Hydrating well prior to hitting the trail and carrying additional water on the trail is a must. Bring lots of 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! Wet clothing can cause hypothermia even above freezing. (Remember the name of the series?)

-Our trails are rough and loaded with toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. Wear appropriate footwear! Also be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are often plenty of wet, muddy, and icy spots on some of our trail. This can make for slippery going. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas.

-Lastly, please take a few minutes to check out the tabbed sections in the 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.

Oh, and don't forget - it's always smart to dress in layers during the winter months.

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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 www.hikesafe.com; 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!