Hamilton Outing Club
Equipped to Lead
The past two weeks have presented a flurry of activities for the Outing Club.
On Feb. 3 a group of eight embarked from the Glen House setting course toward Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain boasts a fire tower at its 3,750-ft. summit, one of many in the Adirondacks. The birds would have been chirping if they were still in the North, but alas the adventurers were greeted with the silence of winter. Winter greeted them a little less gently as their day developed.
Peggy Horne ’19 led the trip and reported, “It was a bit icy, but the participants were awesome and we made it to the top!” The Blue Mountain trail is approximately 3.9 miles round-trip and takes hikers up a riverbed to a bare summit. The group was armed with snowshoes and shielded with many layers of insulation to prepare for the trek.
The participants on the trip were: Grace Carey ’21, Kelsey Knapp ’21, Meg Manning ’21, Noelle Connors ’18, Roger Danilek ’21, Ruth Coolidge ’21, and Liam Prum ’20. They returned to the Glen House with chapped lips, rosy cheeks, and big smiles after the challenging day trip.
This past weekend, Keith Ruggles ’20, Marisabel Rey ’19, and four participants tackled Bald Mountain in Old Forge, N.Y. It was a short drive accompanied by a short hike, but the group’s thirst for adventure was quenched. At the summit, they were greeted by a fire tower that granted a scenic view from above the cloud line.
Ruggles and Rey were joined by Gianni Hill ’21, Elizabeth Foot ’20, Brett Sandford ’19, and Andrew Stiles ’18. Foot had high praise for the trip, saying “It was the best way to end my weekend, I always love getting off campus and on top of a mountain because of the crisp fresh air.”
Jared Mandelbaum ’18 led the second rendition of the winter leader training on Feb. 10 and 11 with Yuheng Zheng ’21, Virginia Loke ’19, Oliver Watkins ’21, Ruth Coolidge ’21, and Amin Babar ’20. Mandelbaum used his knowledge from the last iteration of this seminar, which was facilitated by Andrew Jillings, to help bring in a fresh round of winter leaders.
Equipped to Lead
HOCtober Halloweekend Hikes
It was a busy Halloweekend for the Outing Club as the newest batch of leaders was eager to get out into the High Peaks and show what they learned. Many students found that crisp, cool mountain air is the perfect remedy for a mid-semester lull and were able to enjoy the pristine beauty of fall in upstate New York.
Leading On - HOC Leader Training Begins
Last weekend marked the beginning of a special time of year for the Outing Club -- the initiation of new leaders into the community. The first of two HOC Leader training weekends began Saturday morning in the Glen Haus, the Outing Club’s on-campus headquarters. These training weekends run in conjunction with a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification course from SOLO Wilderness Medicine which will take place Oct. 7 and 8. After completing both parts of the certification, the new leaders will be qualified to lead trips for their peers.