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Make up Weekend Hike # 4 : Lakes Region Conservation Trust area hiking patch
This is day 1 of the make-up weekend to complete our Hiker Achievement patch red-lining. The shorter Mt Snout and Mt Shaw summit hike will be on Sunday 3/25 and listed in a separate post. Members who attended the informational meeting for this series will be given priority to attend. If there are open spots - others who have the mandatory equipment and experience may sign up. Signing up for this hike implies understanding and agreement with the liability waiver included in this write up. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) / Castle in the Clouds area contains 28 miles of hiking trails along with several mountains in the 5,381 acre area. The Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area Hiker Achievement Patch Program is an LRCT project designed to recognize hikers who have ascended 5 major summits and hiked 16 designated trails, totaling 28 miles, located entirely within LRCT’s Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area. There is no time limit for earning the patch. As with all group hikes- we start as a group and stay together. The leaders have the final say re: route and whether we summit based on safety considerations. The group hikes at the pace of the slowest hiker. Hike description Hike rating: Moderate due to winter conditions - however we may experience winter weather conditions (traction mandatory) Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation gain: approx. 1300 ft Route: On this hike we will red-line Mt. Roberts Trail (complete), High Ridge Trail (partial), Faraway Mountain Trail (partial repeat), Cold Spring Trail (complete), Settlement Trail (repeat). We will summit Mt Roberts (2582 ft). There is a mandatory gear list- read it! Be prepared for winter conditions! MANDATORY GEAR: You must have EVERY ITEM on this list! Ten essentials plus 4 You will see this on every one of my hikes. So get your gear together and check it twice! 1&2. Map/compass 3. Working headlamp (a second headlamp or extra batteries) 4. High Energy Snacks and Lunch You will be burning calories moving and keeping warm. Bring more than you think you will need. No Hangry hikers allowed! 5. 2 liters of water minimum At least one of your Nalgenes should start out with hot water and be packed inside your pack to keep it from freezing. I strongly encourage you to bring a hot beverage in an insulated thermos as well. 6. Clothing: NO COTTON (cotton kills). Synthetic wicking base layer, mid layer, insulating outer layer and windproof/waterproof layers for top and bottom. Extra socks, 2 pairs of wind/waterproof gloves or mittens and a warm winter hat. Insulated winter hiking boots. Face protection (balaclava) and goggles/eye protection. 7 Personal first aid kit and meds: The group may be asked to carry some group safety equipment 8. Eye protection sunglasses (or goggles in winter/wind) 9. Pocket knife and tools 10 & 11. HEAT hand warmers (Water proof matches/ fire starter) 12. Whistle 13. Trekking poles with snow baskets 14. Traction devices and snowshoes Also a large backpack in which to carry everything. Lining it with a kitchen trash bag will keep everything dry. Mandatory Skills: Learn how to don and adjust your snow shoes and traction devices before Saturday morning! Organize your pack and be able to locate everything quickly. Practice and become proficient with donning and stowing your gear. (Rummaging around for gear and struggling with zippers and straps won't earn you any points from your group members while they are waiting for you). You should be in sufficient physical condition to maintain a moderate pace uphill for 5 miles. Please check out the "pages" tab at the top of this page- there is a ton of useful information gathered by many experienced hikers. 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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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 ,

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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