Founded by Dartmouth student Fred Harris on Dec. 14, 1909, the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 with a range of events, including Winter Carnival, Woodsmen's Weekend, "AT-in-a-Day," and an alumni banquet this past Saturday. Harris, an adventurous Vermonter and member of the Class of 1911, wanted students to "take better advantage of the opportunities which the admirable situation of our college offers."
Harris did that and more, as the DOC grew to become a year-round organization with considerable campus prestige and membership. It continues to be the model for similar college outing clubs, and the DOC helped others along by forming the Intercollegiate Outing Club Organization in 1914. Many customs now commonplace on American campuses, such as Winter Carnival, intercollegiate skiing, and outdoor orientation trips for incoming students, were pioneered by the DOC.
"The centennial is a huge deal—the fact that we're 100 years old and going strong is reason to celebrate," says Andrew Palmer '10, DOC president.
Dartmouth's largest student organization, with more than 1,500 members, the DOC organizes hundreds of annual excursions for activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, white-water kayaking, rock climbing, and organic farming. Members maintain 75 miles of the Appalachian Trail and 20 cabins in and around the White Mountains and the 27,000-acre Second College Grant.
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"The alumni and students hiking Moosilauke together on the first day of 2009 was a great way to set the tone for the entire year," notes Palmer. "The anniversary celebration is as much for alumni as it is for the undergraduates. Many of the events and the traditions that exist in the club today are there because alumni made a difference during their day. We get to enjoy everything they accomplished."
By REBECCA VOGEL '11 and STEVEN J. SMITH
|New Year's Day Ascent of Moosilauke (Photo by Andrew Mertens '12)|
DOC Centennial-Themed Winter Carnival
NCAA ski races, snow sculpture, polar bear swim
Winter Weekend in Second College Grant
Commemoration of 50th year anniversary of Miller Quinn tragedy, dog sledding, and nature tours
|Woodsmen's Weekend (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
Intercollegiate outdoor skills competition in Hanover
Listen to NPR's "Only a Game" report on Woodsmen's Weekend. (scroll down)
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Trip to the Sea
Canoe trip from source of Connecticut River to Old Saybrook, Conn.
|Kayaking on the Connecticut River. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
(Memorial Day weekend)
Hike the 75 miles of the Appalachian Trail maintained by the DOC, plus 25 miles of the trail on Mt. Moosilauke
|Moosilauke Ravine Lodge (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
|First-Year Trips H-Croo (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)|
|Appalachian Trail (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
A peak bag (hike to the summit) of the 100 best mountains in Vermont and New Hampshire
Alumni Banquet on Campus
The DOC was founded exactly 100 years ago on this date
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Last Updated: 1/19/10