About the Club
We provide logistical and gear support for trips, organize various campus-wide activities, and help to train and educate students and future trip leaders in a manner that is both ecologically sound and safe-ish.
The Hamilton Outing Club (HOC) is the largest club on campus. We are Hamilton’s home for outdoor leadership. We offer equipment rentals, trip leader training, and advanced instructor courses. Our activities include backpacking, canoeing, kayaking , climbing, ice-climbing, winter camping, cross-country skiing, and as many other outdoor pursuits as possible! We offer weekend trips to the Adirondacks and longer expeditions during breaks to Nepal, Ecuador, Kenya, Arizona, Maine, Utah, the Everglades, and anywhere else students want to go. Some of our annual events include 46 Peaks Weekend in the Fall and the Banff Mountain Film Festival in the Spring.
Overuse of the Adirondack High Peaks is a growing issue. If you haven’t been up there recently, you probably don’t know how bad the problem is. Take a look and think carefully about hiking when the trails are muddy.