Operation Unconquerable Spirit: Hike  

Want a challenge! Enjoy hiking and getting out in God’s creation?

This hike will be a 22-mile route planned with over 2500ft in elevation change throughout.

The route is using the AT between Swatara State Park and Clarks Valley and then splitting off before getting to Clarks Valley and moving towards Fishing Creek. 

Start time will be at Swatara State Park at 6am and aim to finish between 4-6pm in Fishing Creek Valley. 

Throughout the hike, we'll stop for lessons focused on attributes that Christ-followers carrying out the Great Commission should practice/possess.

Important Details:
The deadline for signing up is Friday, May 26.
No one under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult.

Jordan will start holding opportunities to take short hikes each week to prepare for June 10 beginning on Thursday, April 27. (The idea is to start with 30 mins out and 30 mins back and work our way up to as far as 90 mins out and 90 mins back.  We will meet at the State Game Lands Parking lot along Fishing Creek Valley Rd at 5:45am and begin hiking at 6am.  Ideally, as these weekly hikes become further, we will meet earlier so that we can finish between 7-8am.  If you are interested in these hikes but not the hike on June 10, then please let Jordan know by contacting him at jordan.ames@icloud.com or 717-580-6532.  If you have signed up for the June 10 hike, he will include you in notifications regarding the weekly training hikes.

Hiking Gear Needed: 
  • 6-8 qts of water per person (including 1-2 pints of Gatorade/Powerade)
  • Good hiking boots/shoes
  • 3-4 pairs of quality thick socks (change socks every 6ish miles)
  • Foot care kit (items to treat and prevent blisters, foot tape, foot powder)
  • High calorie snacks/meals with a balance of proteins, complex carbs, healthy fats (ie., trail mix, tuna packet, granola bars, fruits, etc).

General Instructions:

  • Good, well-balanced meals for 2-3 days leading up to hike (no low carbs diets!!)
  • Hydrate well
  • Be prepared to start around 6am so that we can climb the first two miles well before the sun starts to heat up.
  • Stay ahead of your hydration.
  • We’ll stop about every hour to discuss one of the MARSOC attributes and to get off our feet, change socks, eat, etc.
If you're interested in participating in this day out on the trail, please sign up below!