Some graduate students choose Dartmouth not only for its world-class research programs, but also for the wonderful opportunities for outdoor adventure during their time off from the lab. A small group of recently qualified PhD candidates and avid hikers organized The Dartmouth Graduate Outing Club, which gained official recognition by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) in the summer of 2010.
Since then, they have been organizing hikes, cross-country skiing, canoeing, overnight trips, and other outdoor-related activities to provide adventure and fellowship to graduate students from diverse departments and programs. Beginning with a handful of enterprising and optimistic students who are now the executive board members of the DGOC, the group runs multiple activities every month and currently has over 100 members—talk about a member boom! The group is grateful for the support and funding of the Graduate Student Council and has absorbed much of its inspiration and operational template from the Dartmouth Outing Club.
The chair and co-chair of the group, Jeff Robinson and James Peck respectively, promise that the number of trips will be doubled this year, and that the diversity in trip types will increase! This is made feasible this year because of block funding approval by the GSC. “The outdoors have always been like a second home to me, a place not only of adventure but of beauty and enlightenment; my goal in organizing the DGOC is to help others to experience and appreciate nature and the outdoors as I have had the privilege to,” says Jeff Robinson.
by Gilbert Rahme