Trips Packing Cheat Sheet

Please note that this list is not complete. We have only included items that require some explanation/further detail. There might be some items on this document that you don’t need for your trip, such as a frame pack. When preparing for your trip, please use the packing list that we sent you, as it has been designed for your specific trip type.

Additionally note that these photos are examples, but by no means do you need these particular brands! You don’t need to go out and buy new gear–there are plenty of places to get stuff like this for Trips at little to no cost.

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Voices of Trips: Peety Kaur ’15

This post is a super special addition to our Voices of Trips series, written by our fabulous Trips Director, Peety Kaur ’15.

Trips is a little over a week away and I am overwhelmed with excitement and nerves. I’ve spent the last ten months planning transportation routes, booking campsites, designing new trips, and envisioning trippees stepping onto Robo lawn for the first time. As these visions materialize into reality, I am reminded of what inspired me to apply for the job of Trips Director in the first place. I’m so excited to watch ‘19s meet their trippees and leaders for the first time–wonderful moments filled with excitement, anxiety, and a wee bit of awkwardness. I can’t wait to see connections form between first-years, as they discover how incredibly unique and special their peers are. I’m looking forward to hearing stories of trippees who surprised themselves as they mountain biked, kayaked, and hiked like pros. Above all else, I’m so excited to watch first-years start to feel just a little more comfortable in the place they are about to spend four very unique and formative years of their lives.

Peety with her trippees and leaders fresh off their trip!
Peety with her trippees and leaders fresh off her trip!

As Trips approaches, I can’t help but reminisce on my own five-day excursion that happened four long years ago. Many parts of my trip are just blurry memories, but some moments will forever remain vivid in my mind. My first memory is the incredible amount of paralyzing awkwardness I felt as I approached Robinson Hall, watching people dance and socialize around me as I tried shrink into the tree I was standing against (luckily an upperclassman soon ran over to me, easing my anxiety as I stared in awe at her pink hair). I always laugh when I think about my trip scrambling around our campsite, throwing our stuff under a tarp, as rain unexpectedly poured out of the sky; and smile when I think about sleeping under that tarp huddled next to my smelly trippees, telling each other stories of our high school days. I cringe when I think about waking up at 1am, realizing burrito night had put an end to my strike against pooping in the woods. And I feel pride when I remember strapping on a harness for the first time and climbing up a rock wall that initially seemed insurmountable. Overall I definitely had a lot of fun on my trip, and looking back have realized that I gained quite a lot from those five days. I met my trip leader, who over the years became my role model at Dartmouth. I realized how much I love being up in the mountains, which inspired me to get involved with the DOC. And I learned that I can be put in a group of complete strangers and be okay. It’s true that I didn’t become best friends with my trippees or master the Salty Dog Rag, but when I think about Trips 2011, I can’t help but smile.

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Peety, second from the left, is from West Lebanon, NH!

Now, I don’t expect everyone’s experiences on Trips to be like mine. There’s no such thing as doing Trips right and no definition of a successful Trips experience. All I hope is that in four years when the ‘19s have graduated and are reminiscing about their first-year trips, they also have some memories they can share. And if I may be so bold, I hope that when those memories are shared, some of them bring smiles to their faces.

I can’t wait to meet you, trippees! Have a safe journey to Dartmouth, and I will see you soon!

T-8 WEEKS UNTIL TRIPPEES ARRIVE!

Hey everybody!

Not that I’m counting, but there are officially just 56 days until first-year students arrive on campus! I don’t know about you, but I am pumped up!

Dartmouth College… famous for fine first-years.

As we get ready for masses of beautiful first-year students to descend on Hanover, I wanted to give you a few brief updates on some things you can look forward to over the course of the next 8 weeks.

First, trip assignments! In just a few short days, you should be receiving some information about the trip to which you’ve been assigned! This includes both your trip type as well as your trip section (which lets you know what dates your trip will be). If you have any questions about your trip assignment, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Next, new blog series!!! Over the next few weeks I will be posting tons of stories from many of our volunteers, in order to help you get a sense of the myriad different folks who have offered their time to the Trips program this year. We will be running two different blog series: Volunteer Profiles and Voices of Trips.

Volunteer Profiles are exactly what they sound like – brief profiles of our Trips volunteers so you can learn a little bit about the awesome people volunteering for the program!

Voices of Trips posts feature stories of Dartmouth students’ and alums’ experiences with First-Year Trips, to help you get a feel for what Trips was like for them (and what it might be like for you).

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! And keep an eye on this blog, as it will be active throughout the summer (and will hopefully help you answer some of those questions).

Yours truly,

Jamie Mercado ’15

Blog Update: Introducing Blog Series

Introducing Blog Series

Hey y’all!

Starting today, we’ll be starting a couple blog series! These are going to be here to give you guys a bit more of an idea what you’re getting into. There are some posted from previous years, but we’ll be putting out new ones! I’ll be tagging all new content as “2018”, just to help you sort out newer posts! 

The first one we’ll be introducing will be Trip Leader Profiles. “The Trip Leader Profile” series is to give you guys more of an idea of the incredible upperclassmen that will be leading trips! This will happen three times a week. It will be tagged with “trip leader profile”.

The second one we’ll be introducing will be Voices of Trips. The “Voices of Trips” series will be accounts from people who have been involved with trips and some insight to their personal experience with Freshman Trips! This one will be tagged “trips reflection” and will happen twice a week. 

Keep an eye out for these blog series! We may be adding other blog series, so look for updates. Have a great summer, y’all!

 

Yobiel Kelati ’15

 

Welcome Class of 2018!

Welcome ’18s!

On behalf of the Trips program, I want to say – Welcome to Dartmouth!
I remember how overwhelmingly crazy the college application process was, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover. We’re so excited to welcome you guys to the family.

Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.
Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.

My name is Yobiel Kelati ‘15 and I am the Outreach Coordinator for the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips – commonly referred to as “Trips.” We are all so excited for you guys to be here in a little over three months! It may seem like a long time, but your Trip will be here before you (or we) know it.

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started. Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘18s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September. The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class. Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students. Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking. We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

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My first-year DOC Trip…canoeing for the first time was an incredible experience.

I’m a member of the (illustrious) Class of 2015, so it’s been three years since my own First-Year Trip. I had never really been camping much before, so I went Cabin Camping. It ended up being the best trip for me – I got all the experiences of being outdoors and got to sleep in a cabin at the end of each day. The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth. Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you today, June 5th. Until trips start, you can go back through some of the old posts and get a feel for what to expect. New material will be coming out very soon, so be on the look out. Get excited to begin an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year (if it hasn’t ended yet) and have a wonderful summer!

Yobiel Kelati ‘15

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!

Welcome Class of 2017!

Welcome Early Decision ’17s!

This blog post appeared on the Undergraduate Admissions “Dartmouth Direct” blog on December 6, 2012. 

Class of 2017 – Welcome to Dartmouth!

Congratulations on your acceptance and for getting through one of the more stressful parts of high school!  I remember how overwhelmingly crazy this time of year was with college decisions, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover.

Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.
Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.

My name is Chris O’Connell and I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips Program – usually just known as “Trips.”  I am SO incredibly excited for you all to come to Dartmouth in 8ish months.  It seems like a long ways away (…because it is), but it will fly by and before you know it, we’ll be welcoming you to campus for your First-Year Trip!

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started.  Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘17s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September.  The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class.  Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking.  We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

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My first-year DOC Trip…casually posing hanging out on a chair lift.

I’m a member of the (great) Class of 2013, so it was only four years ago that I went on my own DOC Trip – rock climbing! I had never been climbing before, but I had the chance to learn and check out a beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail.  Three years ago, I got to lead a hiking trip in the White Mountains and had a blast leading a group of freshmen through their first days at Dartmouth.  The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth.  Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you later in 2013, but for now – enjoy this moment and get excited for an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Chris O’Connell ‘13

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!

Welcome Class of 2017!

Welcome Early Decision ’17s!

This blog post appeared on the Undergraduate Admissions “Dartmouth Direct” blog on December 6, 2012. 

Class of 2017 – Welcome to Dartmouth!

Congratulations on your acceptance and for getting through one of the more stressful parts of high school!  I remember how overwhelmingly crazy this time of year was with college decisions, so I hope you have had a few minutes to relax, celebrate, and get as excited as you possibly can for your next four years in Hanover.

Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.
Students gather outside Robinson Hall as their DOC Trip begins.

My name is Chris O’Connell and I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club First-Year Trips Program – usually just known as “Trips.”  I am SO incredibly excited for you all to come to Dartmouth in 8ish months.  It seems like a long ways away (…because it is), but it will fly by and before you know it, we’ll be welcoming you to campus for your First-Year Trip!

DOC First-Year Trips first got its start in 1935 when some older students involved in the College’s outing club invited some new students to go hiking with them before the school year started.  Since then, the program has evolved, grown, and expanded to be much more than exploring the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors – Trips is an introduction to the College’s traditions, a fun way to meet other ‘17s, and (most importantly) an exciting welcome into this community…your community!

Each Trip is 5 days long and takes place right before the College’s official orientation program in late August/early September.  The program is entirely student-run: 60 support crew members, 300 trip leaders, and countless other student volunteers make DOC Trips an incredibly memorable and exciting experience for the incoming class.  Each trip has two, well-trained, upperclassmen leaders & 7-10 new students.  Don’t worry if you haven’t been in the wilderness before – we offer trips of all levels and varieties, everything from Cabin Camping to Whitewater Kayaking to Community Service to Mountain Biking.  We have added a lot of different types of trips over the years, so we hope you’ll find one that interests you!

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My first-year DOC Trip…casually posing hanging out on a chair lift.

I’m a member of the (great) Class of 2013, so it was only four years ago that I went on my own DOC Trip – rock climbing! I had never been climbing before, but I had the chance to learn and check out a beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail.  Three years ago, I got to lead a hiking trip in the White Mountains and had a blast leading a group of freshmen through their first days at Dartmouth.  The experience you can have on your DOC Trips is one of Dartmouth’s most unique traditions — it’s a great way to get introduced to people different from yourself, learn about the Dartmouth community, and get connected to upperclassmen who can help you out during your time at the College.

Everyone’s experience with DOC Trips is different, but we are working very hard to welcome YOU – whoever you are, wherever you came from, whoever you want to be in college – to your new home at Dartmouth.  Registration materials (with dates & details) for Trips will be sent to you later in 2013, but for now – enjoy this moment and get excited for an incredible four years!

I’m looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! Enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Chris O’Connell ‘13

P.S. Can’t get enough of Dartmouth right now? Check out our Trips blog for more stories, photos, and excitement!

Welcome Class of 2016!

Hey Dartmouth Class of 2016!!

First of all, I really want to say welcome to Dartmouth! I am so thrilled that you have chosen Dartmouth as your next adventure.  Whether you are excited, nervous, confident, or apprehensive, know that you are coming to a place that has been a home for me for the last 5 years.  Come August or September you will have the opportunity to make this your new home too!

This is my Trip from 2007 (I’m in the middle in the red shirt and hat).

My name is Emily (although, I usually go by Emo), I’m a Dartmouth ’11 and stayed at Dartmouth for a fifth year to do the Bachelor of Engineering program at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.  I am the director of the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) First Year Trips program (often just called “Trips”, “DOC Trips”, or “First-Year Trips”) for this year.  I have an incredible amount of support in putting this program together, and you will begin to meet those people soon if you keep monitoring this blog (shameless plug!).

Trips is an outdoor, unofficial, pre-orientation program.  Trips is not mandatory, but we hope you’ll come!  Around 95% of the incoming class chooses to take part in Trips each year.  We introduce you to the beautiful state of New Hampshire where you’re going to be spending the next few years, a handful of upperclassmen who have been preparing for months to make your trip the best it can be, and to your new classmates/dormmates/teammates/choirmates/family/lunch buddies!

Each trip is 5 days long and all follow a similar format.  You will arrive in Hanover in the afternoon of day 1 with your whole section (110-120 first year students), meet your 2 upperclassmen trip leaders, and your trippees.  We just hang out in Hanover for day 1 and get ready.  On day 2, your section splits up and everyone heads out on their trip.  For day 2, 3 and the morning of day 4, you are with your trip exploring New Hampshire!  On day 4, your whole section that you met on day 1 reconvenes at the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge for hanging out, dinner, and some Dartmouth traditions.  On day 5, you will have a delicious breakfast at the Lodge, and after getting some time to get to know your section a little better and talk with some upperclassmen, you return home to Hanover.

Some of my trippees and I waiting to get picked up at the end of our trip!

Within this format, we have a ton of different types of trips! We hope that we have something that will interest everyone.  The trips are described on our website in more detail, but we have things ranging from cabin camping, to hard hiking, to whitewater kayaking, to horseback riding, to nature photography, to community and hike and yoga!  These are only some of the types of trips that we offer, we really hope we’ll have something that you are excited about and can learn something from.

Like I mentioned before, Trips are split up into 10 sections, labeled as A-J.  One section arrives in Hanover per day starting August 22nd until September 1st.

We will be sending out a registration form and information in early June.  On that registration form, you will be able to indicate sections you are available for based on the dates, and also what types of trips you prefer.  You may not get your first choice of trip type, but there are great things about all the trips we offer.

More information will be coming your way soon, I just wanted to give you a quick overview! I’m very excited to meet many of you in a short 3.5 months!! (Oh boy… we have a lot of work to do to get ready for you guys!)

For more information now, check out our website!

And although I am totally incompetent at social media #SometimesIthinkI’mold, like I said before I have an awesome team! So check out our facebook and twitter too! There are some great pictures from DOC Trips of the last couple years

Your Trips Director,

Emo

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Beautiful view from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, where DOC Trips end!

Welcome to the Class of 2016!

Congratulations ’16s!

You did it!  The waiting game is over and you can finally take a deep breath because you were admitted to the Class of 2016!  Today at 5:00pm, a little over 2,000 students found out they were accepted to Dartmouth College and here at DOC First-Year Trips, we could not be more excited to welcome you to the beautiful and incredible place we’re all lucky to call home.  Check out this fancy admissions welcome video…there’s some former Trip Leaders in there!

The Admissions Office has a great site you can check out with blogs, videos and more…but DOC First-Year Trips always comes up as a reason why many students have chose (and enjoy) Dartmouth!  The program offers an unparalleled welcome to the campus community and, for many, is a fun way to spend a few days with new classmates before exploring Hanover and beginning classes.

If this says anything, last year over 700 current students applied to lead a First-Year Trip!  That means over 700 (of only 3,000 upperclassmen) were ready & willing to come to campus early and put themselves in the outdoors (no showers!)….just to welcome YOU!

It’s a staggering number of people interested in introducing you to Dartmouth and a testament to how much potential this community has.  While many of you have been accepted to probably several wonderful schools that will undoubtedly offer you a great education, Dartmouth seems to differ from many of its peers when it comes to how much we like to welcome first-year students.  Interpret as you will, but I think that’s a pretty good reason to come to Dartmouth!

So check out our school, visit sometime this month (Dimensions Weekend is April 19-21), and we hope to see you this Fall!