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The Smoky Mountains backpacking group.
HOC Trailblazers Explore the Wild During Spring Break

Although campus was empty, the Hamilton Outing Club was very active during Spring Break. Over the course of two weeks HOC trips visited far-flung places from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.  More ...

The view from the deck of The Main House at the program site, overlooking the High Peaks.
Academic Program in Adirondack Park Gets Green Light for Fall

Hamilton College is launching a new domestic off-campus study program this fall with 10 students, a professor-in-residence, 50 local partners and a six-million-acre classroom.  More ...

HOC Skiers Tackle Adirondack High Peaks Trail

A group of Hamilton students took advantage of beautiful weather and stellar snow conditions to tackle the 12-mile long Avalanche Pass Backcountry Ski Trail in the Adirondack High Peaks with the Hamilton Outing Club on Feb. 28. Complete with stunning backcountry views and exhilarating descents, the trail is an East Coast gem that holds a place on many skiers’ to-do lists.  More ...

Climate Was Right for HOC Winter Camping Seminar

A group of Hamilton students spent the last week of winter break in the Adirondack High Peaks taking part in the Hamilton Outing Club’s annual Winter Camping Seminar. Participants enjoyed camping, hiking and learning the fundamentals of living outdoors in subzero temperatures.  More ...

The Mountain House
Home on the Range

Hamilton’s Academic Program in the Adirondacks, set to begin in fall 2015, has a home.  The program will be based at The Mountain House in Keene, N.Y., in the heart of the High Peaks, near a popular trailhead for Hurricane Mountain, as well as Big Crow and Little Crow.  More ...

Hamilton's participants in the Adirondack Canoe Classic, held Sept. 5-7.
Hamilton Competes in Annual 90-Miler

Twenty Hamilton students and Director of Outdoor Leadership Andrew Jillings participated in the 31st annual Adirondack Canoe Classic known as “the 90-miler,” a three-day canoe race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, held Sept. 5-7. The 275-boat race hosted 500 competitors from around the world.  More ...

Our Backyard Classroom

Through Hamilton’s off-campus study programs students can witness the inner workings of government in Washington, D.C., or experience the heart of the U.S. financial and publishing industries in New York. Now they’ll have yet another option for off campus study, a bit closer to campus and in a far less urban setting. Hamilton’s faculty recently approved the creation of a pilot off-campus semester-long Program in the Adirondacks. The proposed start date is fall 2015.  More ...

Wilderness Adventure Quest participants.
Counseling Center and HOC Co-Sponsor First “Wilderness Adventure Quest”

It started with six Hamilton students, one psychologist, and a wilderness expert. Together, they initiated a one-of-its-kind “Wilderness Adventure Quest” promoting self-reflection, self-acceptance and an exploration of Hamilton’s motto “Know Thyself.”  More ...

The Forever Wild Class with Professors Onno Oerlemans and Robin Kinnel at Jim Schoff's '68  Camp Wenonah.
Forever Wild Class Visits Adirondack Park

Professor of English Onno Oerlemans and his Adirondack seminar (ES 220: Forever Wild: The Cultural and Natural Histories of the Adirondack Park) visited sites in the Adirondacks on Oct. 5-6. The class of 17 sophomores and juniors traveled to Asgaard Farm near Jay, N.Y., Whiteface Mountain and Great Camp Wenonah, and to the two museums in the park.  More ...

Biology 237 students and faculty at Whiteface Mountain.
Biology 237 Ecology Class Makes Annual Trek to Adirondacks

For the 30th consecutive year the ecology class Biology 237 traveled to Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack high peaks to examine the response of trees to elevational and climatic gradients. The day was a spectacularly clear and beautiful, with intense fall colors in the foliage.  More ...

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