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Dartmouth Outing Club hosts Woodsmen's Weekend

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/18/07 • Steven J. Smith • (603) 646-3661

Sarah Alexander '10
Dartmouth students participate in the 2004 Woodsmen's Weekend. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

College students will speedily chop logs, carry canoes over their heads, and see who can build a fire the fastest during the 61st annual Woodsmen's Weekend held April 20 and 21 on the Dartmouth Green and nearby Oak Hill in Hanover.

The competition, which began at Dartmouth in 1947, is hosted every three years by the Cabin and Trail Division of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC). It is an annual event held among participating colleges and institutions on a rotating basis.  

"The event provides a great opportunity to see some of those forgotten lumberjack skills," says Josh Hurd '08, student director of the Woodsmen's Weekend. "It started when a former director of the DOC, John Rand, and a logger from Maine, Ross McKenney, felt like students didn't have the right abilities to survive in the woods."   

For the first time in recent memory, the pole climb will take place on campus, when tractor trailer trucks bring in 50-foot pines to the Green. Other spectator-friendly events include the pulp toss, log roll, packboard relay, axe throw, and chain throw. Friday events will be held at Oak Hill in Hanover, and Saturday events will be held on the Green. Due to ice still covering Storrs Pond, the canoeing events have been moved to Wilson's Landing at the Fullington Farm on Route 10.  

Approximately 150 students from Colby College, Dartmouth, Finger Lakes Community College, Penn State, Unity College, the University of Maine, and the University of New Hampshire are scheduled to participate. Teams are comprised of 5 to 6 students in the categories of men's, women's, and coed. 

Hurd says many Dartmouth students treat the event as a chance to learn a new skill and at the same time enjoy some friendly competition. "We might not win, but we'll have fun," he says.

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