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50 Peaks, State 9: Rhode Island

Yes, there really is a high point in Rhode Island, and yes, we really did go two hours out of our way to climb it.

Jerimoth Hill, just over the state line from Connecticut, sits at a quad-groaning 812 feet above sea level.

Though one of the country’s shortest peaks, it’s historically been one of the hardest to climb.  The little hump is situated roughly 200 meters off the side of the road, on private property.

In the past, it was made accessible only five times each year.  When hikers attempted to “summit” at other times, they were turned away, reprimanded, or shot at.

All that changed in 2007, when a highpoint-loving family purchased the property and opened the trail to hikers, and when Brent and I arrived a couple weeks ago en route home from New Hampshire, we made our way to the famous hill without incident.

We followed the trail closely, careful not to deviate from the permitted route, and after a few minutes, we came upon a little rock cairn atop a boulder.

“Do you think if I add more rocks to the cairn, Jerimoth Hill will grow in height?” I asked Brent.

“Hmm…,” he replied.  “I don’t think it works that way.”

No matter, then.  If the hill couldn’t grow taller, I would jump over the hill.

      

Mission accomplished.

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5 responses to “50 Peaks, State 9: Rhode Island

  1. Kara August 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I kind of like the idea of hiking up commando style and trying to avoid getting shot. 🙂

  2. kari @ Running Ricig August 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    You guys are awesome, though, Kara’s right, it would have been pretty bada** if you guys had to play “the most dangerous game” to get to the top! (did you like that literary reference?)

  3. Tasha @ Voracious Eats August 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I LOVE that last picture! Perfect!

  4. Sarah S @RunningOnWords August 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Ha, the most dangerous game would certainly add a layer of crazy to climbing! Nice job and great photo at the end!

  5. Angela K August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’m just getting caught up on your blog. So jealous you went to Kona. And love those pictures from RI!

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