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Outdoors Leaders Brave the Adirondack Winter

Camping outside in January in the Northeast in a foot of snow with nothing but a foam pad and sleeping bag separating you from the cold earth might not appeal to many people.  But this past winter break, seven students braved the frigid Adirondack winter for five days in the Adirondacks High Peaks Wilderness the week before the new semester began.  This camping trip was “designed for Outing Club leaders who want to build their skill set and lead trips in a variety of conditions,” according to one of the trip’s leaders, Annie Emanuels ’16.  More ...

Students shared tales of their Outing Club travails and triumphs with WHCL listeners.
HOC and WHCL Host Hamilton Hum-The Great Outdoors

The Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) recently collaborated with WHCL, the college’s radio station, to present Hamilton Hum-The Great Outdoors a student storytelling event.  More ...

The "Golden Age" of Climbing in Yosemite

Author Joseph Taylor, professor of history at Simon Fraser University, visited Hamilton on Nov. 10 to deliver a lecture on “The Dawn Wall and the Golden Ages of Yosemite.”  More ...

HOC Hosts Reel Rock Film Tour

The Hamilton Outing Club recently brought the 10th annual installment of the Reel Rock Film Tour to campus. Reel Rock is a traveling film festival showcasing some of the year’s most outstanding feats of rock climbing and climbing cinematography.  More ...

No Sitting Still For HOC Members on Fall Break

Fall Break gave the leaders and members of the Hamilton Outing Club a spectacular opportunity to get out and enjoy many different beautiful wilderness areas and outdoor activities. The four-day vacation (Oct. 14-18) saw trips go as far as Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountains and Maine’s Casco Bay, taking advantage of all that the East Coast has to offer in the way of outdoors activities.  More ...

HOC leaders have a lesson on topo maps at the Glen House.
Outing Club Gears Up With New Leader Training

Over the past month the officers and experienced leaders of the Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) have taken on the task of giving 35 new leaders the training that they need to lead trips for HOC. Student leaders are the heart of HOC and are responsible for leading almost all of the trips that go out during the school year -- ranging from easy day hikes in the Adirondacks to longer trips further afield during breaks.  More ...

Kelt Wilska '17 on the Santononi Range
Hamilton Outing Club Triumphs Over 46 Peaks for Second Consecutive Year

For the past two decades, the Hamilton Outing Club has designated one fall weekend as 46 Peaks Weekend. The goal:  to put at least one Hamilton student on the summit of each and every one of the 46 mountains in the Adirondacks that are above 4,000 feet in elevation. This past weekend (Sept. 25-27) HOC succeeded in accomplishing this goal for the second time ever -- marking two years in a row that this achievement has been made.  More ...

Three Hamilton boats at the start of a C-4 race.
Hamilton Teams Compete in 90-Miler

Each September hundreds of paddlers take to the Adirondacks to paddle in the Adirondack Canoe Classic, also known as “The 90-Miler” or just “The 90.” For the past five years a dedicated group of Hamilton students have joined them and this year saw the College well represented with seven boats of Hamilton students entering into the race. Jillian Donze '17 and Maggie Smith '17 came in third in the women's C2 Stock Class.  More ...

Purujith Gautam '16 takes in the sunrise from Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks.
HOC Takes Sunrise Hike of Cascade Mountain

A group of Hamilton Outing Club members led by Emma Reynolds and Madison Atterbury, both ’17, took to the Adirondacks for a sunrise hike of Cascade Mountain on May 1 and 2.  More ...

An Outdoors Education

A group of 20 students and staff from Hamilton College attended the annual Northeast Regional Conference of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) in Becket, Mass., from April 17-19. The weekend was packed with games, workshops, speeches and countless opportunities to interact with and learn from educators from across the Northeast.  More ...

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