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Jeannie Folan '12, Adam Fix '13, Pat Dunn '12, Anna Bastidas '13
Tonto’s Lone Rangers Conquer Superstition Wilderness

As the variably extreme (and predominantly unpleasant) second-semester weather on campus reached a crescendo in mid-March, the Hamilton Outing Club sent south four rugged adventurers to explore the half-rock, half-cacti world of the Superstition Wilderness in central Arizona. HOC officer Anna Bastidas ’13, HOC member Adam Fix ’13, and myself, official HOC journalist, with tireless leader Jeannie Folan ‘12, camped five nights and hiked five days through the wilderness, which makes up part of Arizona’s Tonto National Forest.  More ...

Andrew Skurka
Adventurer Andrew Skurka Recounts Explorations

Andrew Skurka boasts an extraordinary resume—he has been named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic and Person of the Year by Backpacker Magazine, and has under his belt more than 30,000 miles of backcountry trekking, skiing, and packrafting.  More ...

Andrew Skurka
Distinguished Adventure Athlete to Present at Hamilton

Andrew Skurka, an adventurer, speaker, guide, and writer, will give two presentations at Hamilton on Monday, Feb. 28. The first, a lightweight backpacking skills clinic, will take place at noon in the Glen House. The second, a lecture on Skurka’s Alaska-Yukon expedition, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Red Pit, KJ.  Both events are sponsored by the Hamilton Outing Club and are free and open to the public.  More ...

Squirrel monkey with a bit of banana.
...And Finally, HOC Hits the Amazon

This concludes the tale of the Hamilton Outing Club's three-week trip to  Ecuador over winter break.  Many thanks to Dani Forshay '11 for sharing her experiences and photos.
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Edgar deals with the breakdown of the 31-year-old Land Cruiser.
The Ascent of Cayambe - Ecuador, Part III

This is part III of the story of the Hamilton Outing Club's winter break trip to Ecuador.

The next day the mountaineering portion of the trek began, and we prepared to hike Cayambe and Cotopaxi, two glaciated volcanoes of 18,996 feet and 19,344 feet respectively.  More ...

Crossing the river in a gondola just outside of Piñan (Cassidy Jay '11, Peter Laciano '13, Conner Polet '13, Jane Barnard '13.)
Ecuador - Piñan and the Paramo

This is part II of the story of the Hamilton Outing Club's adventure in Ecuador over winter break.  The group hikes across the paramo (high altitude Andean grasslands)  and visits Piñan, a secluded village.  More ...

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 ...

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