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Letter from the President
It's that time of year again, when I step out of Robinson Hall, and the air no longer smells of dry leaves and autumn. It has been replaced by an even colder wind blowing in from across the green-the kind that makes your eyes water just a little bit. Hot cider season has gone, and hot chocolate season has arrived. As 2011 draws to a close, I am enjoying the opportunity to look back over everything the DOC has accomplished this year, and I wanted to share some of the highlights with you:
Last winter blessed the northeast region with a healthy dose of snow, and there was no shortage of trips going out to take advantage of it. Some highlights included: a Winter Grant Weekend that saw 70 participants, both seasoned DOC veterans and beginners alike, for a weekend of ski touring, snowshoeing, and camaraderie; Winter Weekend Fun, with introductory skiing and snowboarding trips, as well as the now-annual hockey tournament on Occom Pond, and a 2 evening ski movie; and Winter Carnival, with the Carni Classic, CnT's Carneval, and a great showing by our ski teams at their home races.
Spring break saw a number of great trips around the country, including Ledyard's annual trip to Asheville, NC and the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club's annual trip to Red Rocks, NV, as well as many trips that were unique this year: a backcountry skiing trip to BC, a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, and a CnT trip to Texas. Upon returning to Hanover, activity resumed as normal, with innumerable trips around Vermont and New Hampshire alike, ranging from mountain biking to rock climbing to trailwork, and everything in between. Ledyard put on its third annual River Festival, drawing paddlers from around the Northeast to Hanover for paddlesport competitions and good times. Spring Weekend was a huge success, drawing students from around campus for all sorts of beginner trips.
Summer saw campus handed over to the '13s, who did a fantastic job of continuing the DOC traditions, including a successful 50-mile hike to Moosilauke, the DOC challenge (whitewater canoeing on the White River, a trail run on the AT back to Hanover, and a flatwater paddle around Gilman Island), and a constant stream of trips. Summer Crew had a great time working on many different projects, including work on the Hurricane and Ridge trails on Moosilauke, repair and upkeep of the DOC cabins, reconstruction of the "Town Office" in the Grant, and work on trails both on Smarts and Cube. A busy summer, to be sure!
With the arrival of fall, we got ready to welcome the Class of 2015! This year, approximately 97 percent of the incoming class participated in the First-Year Trips program, which spanned two weeks, ten sections, and 142 Trips, led by 284 leaders. There was a strong focus this year on sustainability, from using biodiesel-fueled buses to bring Trippees to campus, to focusing on local and organic foods at the Lodge, and on reducing the waste produced by the program, including minimizing food packaging material and composting biodegradable waste.
The Trips program transitioned smoothly into Fall term, which has been a whirlwind of activity. We started off with an All-DOC dinner on the BEMA, which attracted over 200 freshmen and experienced DOCers alike and kept the excitement of Trips alive for the '15 class. We had fantastic participation in Fall Weekend, with 71 trippees, plus leaders, for beginner trips and dinner and live music at the Lodge. Twenty-three students completed the 50, despite rain, sleet and even snow on top of Moosilauke! Late October saw the Lodge bursting at the seams for Lodge-o-ween and a Local Foods Dinner, featuring locally grown and sourced food, and a fireside dinnertalk with the farmers and distributers, on the importance of sustainability and local farms.
It has been an exciting year to be sure, and as planning is already underway for the current winter and the rest of 2012, the spirit of the DOC is alive and well! If you are ever in the Hanover area, we hope you'll be able to drop by and pay us a visit in Robinson Hall, which is constantly buzzing with activity as students meet to go on trips, reserve vehicles or cabins with OPO, or just study in the conference room with others who are finishing up their classwork to get outdoors before the sun goes down. We would love to hear from you!