Woodsmoke: Centennial Edition 2009
A semi-periodic publication by the Dartmouth Outing Club of trip and expedition reports, essays, poetry, artwork and photography.
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Letter from the Editor
I first began thinking of what to say here while sitting on a rock in the Dead Diamond River in the Second College Grant. From my perch, I could not see a single sign of people anywhere, even though I knew that Gate Camp was just around the bend in the river. It occurred to me that the DOC is just like Gate Camp - a comfortable place, full of friends, from which to go explore the world. A place to come back to when the adventure is over, to tell stories, and to plan the next one. A place that has served my friends and me just as it has served one hundred years of students before us, and will continue to serve as a place that will be there for those to come.
There have been two principle goals to this centennial year in the DOC: to celebrate the past and to reconnect alumni with the club as we move towards the future. A single edition of the Woodsmoke could not do justice to the immense history witnessed by the last hundred years. Entire books could be - and in fact have been - written about the DOC. So instead we will focus on the second goal: the bond between the students of the club today and the alumni who have gotten us to this point. We have tried to cover this year as best we can to highlight the shared experiences of all those who have been a part of the DOC.
Like the College herself, the Dartmouth Outing Club has changed and evolved over the years. Gone are the days of the Summit House and the Wing-Dings party; the orange-black-orange blazes have been replaced with the AT standard. But the important things have stayed the same - the friendships and the passion for exploration. In these pages we hope to convey the spirit and the passions of the Dartmouth Outing Club today as it moves towards the next hundred years.
Alice Bradley '11