The Big Ramble - Part 1
It's the 3rd Annual Big Ramble with Wildlands Trust! Each year, we explore a different 20+-mile hike through the forests of Southeastern Massachusetts, broken up over two consecutive weekends. This year we'll conquer 23 miles from Plymouth to Wareham on June 1 & 8. Join us for both hikes or just one - the choice is yours!
**The Big Ramble is for experienced and ambitious adult (18+) hikers - you must have experience hiking 10 miles or more in one day over varied terrain. You must register by midnight the day prior to the scheduled hike. Please read all rules of the Big Ramble before registering. Proceeds from ticket sales help cover the cost of supplies and staff time dedicated to this program.**
Part 1: Saturday, June 1. Rain Date Sunday, June 2. Start time 9:00 am. 12 miles. $8 members / $10 nonmembers.
Beginning at the Armstrong Skating Rink in Plymouth, this 12-mile trek will take us through the Town Forest, Wildlands Trust land at Great South Pond, and eventually into the Myles Standish State Forest. Expect plenty of ups and downs on this hike, as well as a mix of pond views, wooded trails, and pine barren landscapes. We will end at the cutter fields (quail management area) in the state forest.
Start Address - meet here: Armstrong Area, 103 Long Pond Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
Approx. End Address: 4th parking pull off on Cutter Field Rd. in Myles Standish State Forest
Rules for the Big Ramble:
- You must be at least 18 years of age to register for this program.
- Pets will not be welcome on the Big Ramble.
- This program is limited to 12 participants. You MUST register in advance, and all participants must register for themselves - a maximum of 1 ticket per attendee.
- You must come properly prepared (see below). For the safety of the group, we reserve the right to refuse hikers who show up underprepared.
- Medical disclosures: You are responsible to disclose any medical issues, allergies, or other issues that could complicate your ability to safely participate in this event or affect any First Aid treatment in the event of an emergency. You must convey this information on the Big Ramble Participant Information form. You must also include an emergency contact who is not on the hike. This form will be provided on the morning of the hike and will be carried by a staff member during the hike.
- Liability and Publicity: You will be asked to sign a liability and publicity consent form on the morning of the hike. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
- Positive attitudes and cooperation: This is a social experience. We hike together & stick together as a group at the pace of the slowest member. Positive & cooperative attitudes only.
- Rain or shine event. Difficult weather may cancel and/or modify the event. We will notify registered participants of any changes as decisions are made.
What to Bring:
Please review the updated "ten essentials" for hiking.
Your pack MUST at a MINIMUM be equipped with:
- Hydration - at least 2 liters of water!
- Nutrition - lunch and snacks - high protein and carb foods! We'll stop halfway through for lunch.
- Insulation - you must carry a rain shell!
- Sun Protection - sunscreen and sunglasses/hat.
In addition, we recommend:
- Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended. Unsafe footwear such as flip-flops will not be allowed.
- Long pants to protect yourself from TICKS, poison ivy, scratches, and sun.
- Bug spray.
- Electrolyte tablets to add to water.
For the safety of all, we reserve the right to refuse any participants who arrive unprepared.
To round out the "ten essentials", Wildlands Trust staff will carry:
- Navigation - map of the planned route and surrounding area and compass. In addition, Malcolm will hike the trail beforehand.
- First-aid supplies - Malcolm and the Wildlands staff will have fully equipped first aid kits and are CPR/First Aid certified.
- Nutrition - Wildlands staff will carry extra food and electrolyte tablets.
- Sun protection - Wildlands staff will carry extra sunscreen and bug spray.
- Illumination - staff will have headlamps if needed.
- Tools of choice for staff member.
- Emergency supplies - Wildlands staff will carry emergency blankets, whistles, etc.