· This hike is open only to members who have completed at least two hikes at a fast pace.
· 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.
Event Rating: STRENUOUS
Distance: 5 MILES
Time Duration: 1.5 HOURS
Blaze Orange: REQUIRED
“... In addition to the above hunter requirements, all other users (hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders, etc.) of State Management areas are required to wear 200 square inches of solid daylight fluorescent orange from the second Saturday in September to the last day of February and the third Saturday in April to the last day in May, annually.” -- RIDEM,[masked] RI Hunting Abstract
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.'
This is NOT a stop-to-smell-the-roses hike. This is an EXERCISE hike, and the spectacular views and gorgeous scenery are secondary 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!
Great hike last week! Terrific group. Gorgeous weather. But beware - this week it is going to be 20° colder! Also, everyone will be happy to know that Alex is going to fully recover from that wolf attack. (It isn't called Wolf Hill for nothing, you know.)Thank you Alex for keeping it occupied with your femur while the rest of us got away.
So update your will, put on your daring-do, and get ready to brave the dreaded woods for...
Cold and Miserable 3, The Arctic Blast!
TIME: 10:00 am. Sharp!
A couple of serious points:
I do not hike as fast as Tony does (does anybody?), but make no mistake – although we do not actually run, 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. 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. Most recently, the leaf litter has been heavy on much of our trail. This makes for very slippery going as well as effectively hiding all those toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. We will adjust our speed for safety in these areas. Wear appropriate footwear!
“Hey Mom, can I go outside and play?”
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.