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Members of the Hamilton Outing Club on top of Rucu Pichincha over winter break.
Hamilton Outing Club Conquers Ecuador

The Hamilton Outing Club spent three weeks of winter break making their sixth trip to the mountains of Ecuador. Ecuador has more ecosystems than any other country in the world, and the nine members of the group visited many of them, from the Amazon rainforest all the way up to glaciated, volcanic peaks. Dani Forshay ’11 was among the students on the trip, and over the course of four entries will share her impressions and memories.   More ...

Participants in HOC's winter camping seminar.
My Life in a Freezer

Editor's Note:  As four students prepare to head out on this year’s winter camping seminar in the Adirondacks, we share Hamilton Outing Club officer Kathryn Steck’s ’12 recollection of last year’s trip. This originally appeared in Adirondack Adventurer, Hamilton Outdoor Leadership Program, a Year in Review.  More ...

James Otey '11 on his rock climb in Little Falls.
HOC Leader James Otey '11 Takes on Rock Climbing Project

On Oct. 8, HOC leader James Otey '11 did the first ascent of a longstanding rock climbing project in the town of Little Falls, which he named "Arete Style Dysfunction." The route, which is now the most difficult rock climb in central New York (5.13a), took Otey about  five days of effort.  More ...

From left Grace Lee '13, Dave Hyman '12, Erin Sullivan '13, Sarah Fellows '14 on top of Couchsachraga Peak.
HOC Attempts Adirondack High Peaks

On Oct. 8-10 members of the Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) attempted their annual goal of having at least one member of the Hamilton community atop each of the Adirondack 46 peaks. The High Peaks, in Essex and Franklin counties, are the 46 Adirondack Mountains that were traditionally believed to be higher than 4,000 feet, though surveying ultimately showed that four did not reach that height.  More ...

HOC members on the 2009 High Peaks Weekend trip.
HOC Leaders Climb to Next Level
Four Hamilton students recently went on a “graduation” trip to the Adirondacks to complete the last step in their process to become a Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) Trip leader. More ...
Sam Mackoff '13 scales a frozen waterfall.
HOC Ice Climbers Ascend New Heights
With the help of 18 metal spikes sticking out of their hands and feet, Hamilton students scaled 30-foot frozen waterfalls last weekend. More ...
Banff Mountain Film Festival is Feb. 17

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will take place at Hamilton on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the KJ Aud. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Banff Festival is a collection of outdoor adventure and mountain culture films. Watch everything from skiing, rock climbing and canoeing to ice climbing, unicycling, and sliding. Tickets are $8 for the Hamilton community, $12 for the public. More ...
Callie Krumholz '10 poses as a leg injury victim as SOLO instructor Ken Heck demonstrates how to treat the injury.
Tending to Injuries in the Wilderness
Over the past month more than 40 Hamilton students participated in a Wilderness First Aid Certification course offered through the Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) with the outdoor leadership and safety school SOLO, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities. HOC offered students the opportunity to take the class, a two-day, 16-hour course, over two weekends in October in the Glen House. More ...
Pat Dunn, Lucas Harris, Dave Hyman, Katrina Rabeler, Manique Talaia-Murray, Greg Schwedock
Four days, 30 miles, six students … and 20 degrees
A week after an impressive attempt at conquering the Adirondack High Peaks during the annual 46 Peaks Weekend, Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) members have not tired. Over this recent fall break six tenacious students braved icy slopes and sore feet during a four-day assault of some of the highest mountains in New York State. More ...
One of the HOC groups on Giant Mountain.
HOC Conquers 38 of 46 Adirondack High Peaks
Through October snow, mud, rain and unseasonably cold weather, the Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) hosted its annual 46 Peak Weekend on Oct. 9-11. The goal of the weekend is to have one Hamilton student or community member reach the summit of every one of the Adirondacks’ 46 Peaks. With more than 100 participants, this year the club came close with a grand total of 38 peaks. The weather made hiking difficult due to extreme mud and snow that covered the ground. More ...
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