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FREEZE YOUR MUTANDIES OFF ON WOLF HILL (NOT the exercise hike - that's Sunday)

  • Dec 12, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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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 and any guest you bring agree to the terms of the waiver.

Event Rating:   Level 3.   Rough terrain, elevation gain, steep grades, mileage, and freezing temps.  This hike is recommended for those that have successfully completed at least several Level 2 hikes.

Distance: 5-6 MILES

Time Duration: ~3 HOURS

Blaze Orange: Not required, but recommended.

Wolf Hill is a unique and beautiful area of the state that is owned, protected, and maintained by the Smithfield Land Trust. It is criss-crossed by a web of many rough trails, and we are going to be hitting quite a few of them. The best part though, is all the points of interest along the way: A WWII War Veterans' Memorial, a dramatic old stone quarry, a moss-covered waterfall (may or may not be flowing), and beautiful panoramic views. From Mercer Lookout, on a clear day, you can see all of Providence, the Brayton Point cooling towers, the hills of Fall River, the Mt. Hope Bridge, and a sliver of Narraganset Bay. All from Smithfield!

And then, of course, there are the wolves...


In these temperatures, backpack water bladders with suction tubes will quickly freeze and become useless. Do NOT bring one. Use a wide-mouth bottle carried in an insulated bag. Slipping the bottle into a couple of thick socks also works. Fill that bottle with HOT water just before leaving home and it will stay unfrozen for hours. A small thermos bottle is another option. But whatever you do, do not show up without water. Also bring plenty of high calorie snacks to fuel your engine.

Dress in NON-cotton insulating layers of wicking synthetic or wool material. Cotton absorbs the moisture from your body and retains it. It does not release that moisture and before you know it you are hiking in wet clothes. You most definitely do not want to be wet in this weather. No cotton. And don't forget a hat, gloves and face protection.

Sturdy insulated hiking boots are STRONGLY recommended. And trekking poles are invaluable going up and down the steep areas. There will also very likely be some icy spots on our trails, so it would be a good idea to have a pair of traction devices such as microspikes in your pack. Other than when on the icy areas, we will move along at a fairly good pace to help keep warm.

IMPORTANT: Before signing up, please be sure you are capable of enduring exposure to the wind and freezing cold for the several hours it will take to complete this hike. If not, this could easily turn into a very unhappy day for you.

I will email you my cell # after you sign up.

Any hardy souls out there? 10:00 AM, sharp. (and don't forget the bug spray.)


"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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  • Miriam Curtis C.

    Great. Bob is a great guide. A good teacher, very informative and professional. He was patient with me as I am a newbie with challenging trails. He has given me the confidence to attempt another level 3 hike in the future. Thanks for a great day. Carolyn was also lovely to spend time with.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Thank you, ladies, for a most delightful time.

    December 12, 2013

  • Lenore

    Please be kind enough to define mutandies. I cannot find in the dictionary nor on Google.

    December 11, 2013

    • Leanne A

      I thought it was Budondies....

      December 11, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Hey... who's the Italian cacasenno over here? Eh? Afanabola!

      December 11, 2013

  • Lenore

    My best friend of many years, who is Italian and has been to Italy,
    never heard of the word, but then his family is 3rd or 4th generation American.
    I appreciate the definition and your kindness to send it.
    Ciao for now,

    1 · December 11, 2013

  • Leanne A

    great shot of the quarry walls.

    December 10, 2013

    • Bob T.

      Thanks! That was from one of last winter's exercise hikes. This photo doesn't really show the true scale of that ice flow - it was really big. Check it out:­

      December 10, 2013

    • Bob T.

      No one was expecting it. We came around a corner and there it was, sparkling with the low-angle sun lighting it up. It was jaw dropping. Stopped us dead in our tracks. Never saw it before that day and have never seen it since.

      December 10, 2013

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