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Orienteering 101- Diamond Hill- the other side

This is an introduction to  orienteering and learning to use compass and map.  You must bring a Compass in order to participate in this event.

Event Rating:  Level 2 -Moderate pace with stops for map reading/interpretation- we will be off the trails at least half of the time.

Distance: 3-4 miles

Duration: 2 - 3 hrs

Blaze Orange:  not required but recommended so we can keep track of each other

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 guests that accompany you agree to the terms of the Liability Waiver.

Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points

DIamond Hill- the other side:  Few people are aware that across the road from the well known former ski area is a large public access property with many trails ideal for hiking.  There are many interesting features including ledges, old stone foundations, marshy areas, an old cemetery...basically all you can hope for to make it a great place to spend a morning or afternoon.  The terrain is typical woodland with rocky and root lined paths, there are some wider trails with loose rock. 

This is an ideal area for the practice of orienteering skills as the trails are numerous and not well marked.  RI hiking member Richard will be teaching us how to find our way using a compass and a map. Be prepared for bushwacking!!

Bring plenty of water and a snack.  wear sturdy waterproof footwear and dress in layers.


from Providence:  take 146N to I-295N exit.  take I-295 North (towards Boston) to exit 11.  take the exit and turn left onto RI-114 North/Diamond Hill rd.  Drive for about 4 miles,  the parking area for Diamond Hill State Park will be on your right.  we will meet at the parking lot entrance close to the road.

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

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  • Jack S.

    Thanks for the photos, Helena

    April 4, 2014

  • Helena

    what fun that was!! thanks Richard I learned a lot. best of luck with your knee operation and can't wait to get lesson #2. Jack..always a pleasure to hike with you.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Jack S.

    Educational and fun way of traversing some of my "new" favorite trails. With the information gained, it will now be difficult to be disoriented or lost

    April 2, 2014

  • Anne M.

    I too would like to see this training offered again on a weekend.

    April 2, 2014

  • Bob B.

    Work is too crazy today. I was hoping to attend but can't get out of the office. Sorry for the late notice.

    April 2, 2014

  • Dee

    Hi, I can't make it ,but would like to next time. Is there any recommendation what type of compass would be ok for a novice map reader

    April 1, 2014

    • Richard

      For orienteering it's good to have a compass with a flat bottom surface - for holding it on a map

      April 2, 2014

  • Audrey D

    I can't make it but would love it if you could do this again in the evening or weekend

    April 2, 2014

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