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Wolf Hill: Slower, Fast, Faster. Your choice.
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. Difficulty: Level 2 (Moderate) - OR - Level 3 (Challenging) - OR - Level Crazy (Painful). Not for beginners. Recommended only if you have completed at least a few Level 2 hikes with the club or on your own. Distance: 5 miles, more or less Duration: about 2-2½ hrs Legal Orange: Not required Headlamp or Flashlight: REQUIRED!!! Three hikes, three leaders. Same trails, same elevation gain, same distance, only at different speeds. For the fastest one you have Tony and/or Steve leading a very intense exercise hike, going quite fast up and down the hills (without running) while your muscles and lungs are screaming as you try to keep up with them (you will be running). Carolyn leads with a steady, quick pace for well-conditioned hikers. You will get a strong workout on this one. On the other hand, Bob takes you on the very same trails, but at a much more relaxed, smell-the-roses kind of pace. All are good. Good for your cardio, good for your strength, good for your head. Bring water, a snack, proper footwear, and a headlamp. Feeding the wolves and bears is strictly prohibited. Donations of leftover Halloween candy will be gratefully accepted. Extra points for chocolates. And Snickers get you carried up the hill by Tony. 6:00 pm, SHARP! Tony, Bob, Carolyn, and Steve "Hey, Mom! Can I go outside and play?" A couple of serious points: - THE TICKS ARE OUT! And they're everywhere! Permethrin on your clothes (never on your skin), DEET or Picaridin for your skin, and stay on the trail and out of the vegetation. Then a tick check and a shower after the hike and you're good to go. https://www.cdc.gov/features/lymedisease/index.html - A headlamp or small flashlight is mandatory. - Hydrating well prior to hitting the trail and carrying additional water on the trail is a must. Bring water! - Wear clothing appropriate for the weather, keeping in mind that you will heat up quickly! Synthetic wicking and ventilating materials throughout every layer are best for keeping you dry while sweating. Avoid cotton! Wet clothing can cause hypothermia even above freezing. - Our trails are rough and loaded with toe-stubbing, ankle-twisting rocks and roots. Wear appropriate footwear! Also be prepared for seasonal trail conditions. There are often plenty of wet, muddy spots on our trail. 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 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. Safety First!

Wolf Hill Forest Preserve

16 Waterview Drive · Smithfield, RI

What we're about

Welcome to the Rhode Island Hiking Club

The Rhode Island Hiking Club " Walks & Rambles "offer's a variety of hikes from the beginner to the more experienced .We tend to engage in rather challenging hikes often through rough terrain. The purpose of this meetup is to get physically capable people together who want to get out and enjoy the beauty of some of RI's nicest places on foot. This Meetup is for people who enjoy a hike that leaves them satisfied in both the physical level of exertion, the enjoyment of the outdoors, and all the refreshment a hike has to offer the body and mind. This Meetup provides an opportunity to enjoy nature in the company of other adults without the distraction of cellphones,( kids), and or (dogs). If you are someone that likes to push yourself physically beyond a pleasant stroll and are at a decent level of physical fitness, then this could be a fun and rewarding Meetup for you.

To join you must include a clear identifiable picture of yourself. It is important for the Organizers and members to be able to recognize you for safety so include your first name.

On 11/11/2011, I became the groups fourth Organizer . I hope to continue and expand the group as we move into the new year .By keeping with the groups original format . We are a hiking group based on the book ( Weekend Walks in Rhode Island by Ken Weber ). Thanks to Michael the clubs founder for starting this group. My goal is offer more people like yourselves the opportunity to experience what this little state has to offer and our surrounding neighbors Connecticut and Massachusetts and with occasional hikes to New Hampshire . Most people have no idea what is right in there back yard . My intent is to show them . We offer good exercise , good company and short travel all at no charge .What else could you ask for .
During the winter months we will continue hiking through the season along will more activities such as snow shoeing and cross country skiing , possibly ..
When the Summer months approach we will continue to hike either evenings or early mornings .I hope to have biking and kayaking stay in the mix . There will be more updates as we go along and I am sure more mistakes that I will make .We also will need more organizer’s to do this and I cant stress this enough . With your help we can make a good club a great one .
See you soon ,
Tony

The following write up is from when Walks & Rambles first started in September of 2009.

We will plan hikes on a weekly basis for Saturday mornings, many Sundays as well, with some after work "walks" as well during the longer daylight days of summer. Weather in RI is always a factor so there's a good chance we won't meet every Saturday. Heavy rain will cancel a hike as will as a particularly hot and humid day in the summer, but most other conditions are suitable for a decent time.
The laundry and cleaning can wait till you get home. Put yourself first, make some friends, have some fun and improve your outlook.

Note: I left the original name Walks and Rambles in the write up as a tribute to Ken Weber, and Michael, who had the foresight to start this Club back in Sept. 2009.

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