90 Second Escape: A wet ‘n’ wild Ultimate Hike

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: A wet ‘n’ wild Ultimate Hike


Saturday was the first Ultimate Hike Alumni Hike — a stepped-up version of CureSearch for Children’s Cancer’s epic fundraising hike to help battle childhood cancer. The hike is for hikers who have done the regular Ultimate Hike and are looking for an even greater challenge. Though Saturday’s hike was three miles shorter — 25.1 miles vs. 28.1 miles — it was on a much more rugged stretch of the Foothills Trail straddling North and South Carolina. For instance, the last 0.7 miles gained 1,100 vertical feet! Adding to Saturday’s challenge: it rained almost all day — and this was a day that started with a 2:15 a.m. wake-up call and ended, for the last hikers to finish, at 8:20 p.m.

Here’s a taste of one long day on the trail for a great cause.

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