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Spotlight of the Week: MIT Outing Club

Photo courtesy Luke Sosnowski
Matt Hollingworth G and Hector Bricenao prepare to climb in Flune River Gorge on an MIT Outing Club trip this January.
By Katie Jeffreys
Staff Reporter

Like many MITstudent groups, the MIT Outing Club holds events throughout the year, the most recent being Winter School, held each year during IAP. The class included on-campus lectures on topics such as safety, winter attire, and snowshoeing.

The classroom sessions were led by students, with a guest lecture on Cold Weather Injuries given by Murray Hamlet of the US Army. The participants then departed on day trips to the White Mountains, which culminated in a hike up Mt. Washington, the highest peak of the Presidentials.

In the spring and fall, the MITOC organizes "Circuses," which are weekend trips that include canoeing, hiking, and rock climbing expeditions. Other activities which the club participates in include whitewater and sea kayaking.

The members include both graduate and undergraduate students of both sexes. They work together to learn the various skills required for outdoor activities. As Julie Ma '99 said, "If you are willing to find people who know their stuff, you can go really far."

As many of the activities take place in New Hampshire, a car is sometimes necessary. Fortunately for the club, many members have cars and offer rides. "I really got into rock climbing. There were a lot of people who could teach me and take me out," Ma said.

Members also enjoy the benefit of access to MITOC's extensive supply of hiking gear, camping supplies, kayaks and canoes, as well as their two cabins in New Hampshire. Elections are approaching for approximately twenty positions within the club, from Cabin Manager to Equipment Manager to President.