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Hamilton Outing Club

HOC Leaders

Leader Requirements

HOC members who are interested in becoming a HOC leader must attend three different events: skills weekend, leader overnight, and Wilderness First Aid training.  Skills weekend is open to all HOC members and will focus on the hard skills necessary in the backcountry (tents, stoves, leave no trace, etc.).  The leader overnight is limited to HOC members who are committed to becoming a HOC leader.  This overnight will provide an opportunity to put into practice what you learned during skills weekend and will highlight leadership skills.  A Wilderness First Aid class will be offered during the fall semester.  Check your Hamilton e-mail and the HOC calendar for sign-up dates and event dates.

The HOC leader training will cover the following topics:

  • Trip logistics
  • Packing a pack
  • Leave No Trace
  • Clothing and gear
  • Stoves and cooking
  • Water Treatment
  • Tents and tarps
  • Lightning safety
  • Bear safety
  • Navigation
  • Leadership skills
  • And more!

Leader Privileges

HOC leaders can lead trips funded by the Outing Club, order food, use the HOC van, and get reimbursed for gas.  Leaders are encouraged to participate in HOC technical skills development.  An anchor clinic seminar will be offered as we start top rope trips to Little Falls.  In the winter, weekly trips are taken to Toggenburg Mountain for telemark skiing classes.  Weekly trips to the West Canada River will occur during the fall semester for a swift water paddling seminar.