Outdoor Programs

The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) helps to create opportunities for the Dartmouth community to explore and enjoy the amazing natural landscape of New England.

Beginner Climbing

Most students' introduction to climbing, the beginner class goes over the basics of belaying and climbing on a top-rope.

  • CRN: 60598
  • Instructor: Alaa Nafea, Angela Li
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 07/3, 07/7, 07/14, 07/21, 07/28, 08/04, 08/11
  • Meeting days and times: Sundays (07/4 – 08/12) from 9AM – 5PM
  • Course location: Rumney, NH
  • Requirement for PE credit: Students must attend 4 out of 7 classes for credit
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 8
  • Course cost: $195

Canoeing Overnight

Learn to canoe on this two-day canoeing overnight trip. Basic canoeing strokes and technique will be covered as you paddle one of New Hampshire's beautiful rivers. No canoeing or camping experience necessary.
Note: Students will be overnight camping in tents

  • CRN: 60608
  • Instructor: Hunter Dominick
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 1pm on Sunday 7/1-8am on Monday 7/1; 5pm on Sunday 7/8 -8am on Monday 7/9
  • Meeting days and times: Meet at Ledyard Canoe Club, will paddle to Gilman island and spend the night there
  • Requirement for PE credit: Attend both nights
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 5
  • Course cost: $160
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Backroads Biking – Intro to Cyclocross

This course provides beginning and intermediate cyclists a glimpse into dirt riding. Rides can be tailored to the bikes available with more technical trails if cyclocross/mtn bikes and with more dirt/gravel roads if road/cyclocross bikes. This course will touch up on basic bike maintenance as well as work on bike handling technique over tricky terrain and when riding in a pack.  This class will introduce students to local area biking trails and give them confidence to explore on their own. The second session of this class takes a trip to Hinman Cabin (depending on availability). This is a longer ride, but should not be too technical. Depending on the group and gear availability we might ride with gear or drop it off ahead of time at the cabin. The last couple of sessions will focus on doing more technical riding within the Upper Valley, but nothing you would absolutely need a mountain bike for. The motto for this class is “go on your bike where you did not think bikes could go!”

  • CRN: 60607
  • Instructor: Timothy Messen; Brenna Gourgeot
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 7/13, 7/20-21, 7/27, 8/3
  • Meeting days and times: Friday 7/13 (3 PM – 7 PM); Session 2: Friday 7/20 3PM- Saturday 7/21 12 PM; Session 3 Friday 7/27 (3 PM-7PM), Session 4 Friday 8/3 (3 PM – 7 PM)
  • Course location:
    • Session 1 – meet at Robinson Hall, and have intro clinic on bike maintenance, bike to Oak Hill and back via Girl Brook Trail

    • Session 2 – meet at Robinson Hall, bike to Hinman Cabin via Oak Hill and Hanover Reservoir Trails to Hanover Center Road. Return on Grafton Turnpike, Goose Pond, Hanover Center.

    • Session 3 – meet at Robinson Hall, bike up Turnpike to Gile Mtn and back. Could check out some adjacent powerline trails.

    • Session 4 – meet at Robinson Hall, bike up to Boston Lot via powerline trails. Stay on less technical trails at Boston Lot. Bike back via powerline and Main Street.

  • Requirement for PE credit: Must attend 2/3 sessions and the overnight
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 12
  • Course cost: $210
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Hiking

Varying levels of difficulty and all around gorgeous views, these hikes are the cream of the hiking crop closest to Dartmouth. As the weeks continue, these hikes get progressively more challenging and more rewarding. We'll drive through quaint towns and you'll get to see New Hampshire and Vermont in its most beautiful season. These are moderate full-day hikes and no experience is necessary, but some basic hiking fitness is recommended

  • CRN: 60599
  • Instructor: Timothy Messen, Brenna Gourgeot
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/28
  • Meeting days and times: Saturdays 9am-6pm
  • Course location: Mt. Hunger, Mt. Moosilauke, Mt. Osceola, Mt. Mansfield
  • Requirement for PE credit: Students will need 3 out of 4 classes to pass
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $130
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students

Farm Fit

Get your PE credit working outside growing food at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. Learn the basics of organic food production through hands-on experience with annual vegetable growing, greenhouse management, permaculture, and aquaponics. Classes will be held at the farm in the production greenhouses and fields. Students will become familiar with greenhouse tasks, seedling care, field preparation, transplanting and proper farm tool use.

  • CRN: 60617
  • Instructor: Laura Carpenter and Interns
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13
  • Meeting days and times: Mondays 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Course location: Dartmouth Organic Farm
  • Requirement for PE credit: Students must  attend all classes to get credit
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $65
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students

Slacklining

Slacklining is a course designed for students with little to no experience with the sport to build the fundamentals, acquire the skills to set up lines, and learn how to safely introduce others to the sport. The early classes will develop the muscles necessary to slackline while teaching the basics with an emphasis on personal safety. As time goes on, students will help with the setup of various types of lines and the length of the lines will grow, increasing the difficulty to build experience. By the end of the course, students will be expected to be able to set up lines on their own and understand the steps required to teach slacklining to others. The course primarily focuses on making students comfortable on the line, but there is plenty of room to work on the interests of students.  While concepts such as sitting starts and knee-dips will be mentioned, it is up to the class (and individuals) what skills are given the most attention. Classes will usually be held at the Sphinx (unless the class decides another location is more favorable/convenient), but other sites will be visited for experience with longer lines. On days when it is too rainy to reasonably slackline outside, class will meet at the climbing gym in Maxwell.

  • CRN: 60600
  • Instructor: Mark Taylor and Eugene Linden
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 7/5; 7/9; 7/12; 7/16; 7/19; 7/23; 7/26; 7/30; 8/2; 8/6; 8/9; 8/13; 8/16; 8/20; 8/23
  • Meeting days and times: Every Monday and Thursday 4:30-6:30
  • Course location: The Sphinx, beside Tuck Mall near Tuck Business School, behind McClane, Maxwell climbing gym (rainy day location).
  • Requirement for PE credit: Must attend 2/3 classes (10 classes)
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 8
  • Course cost: $80

Wilderness First Aid

The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.
The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies

  • CRN: 60601
  • Instructor: SOLO
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 7/14; 7/15
  • Meeting days and times: 8:30am-6:00pm
  • Course location: Rockefeller Center 001
  • Requirement for PE credit: Must adhere to the passing standards of SOLO
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 40
  • Course cost: $250

White Water Kayaking

This course is designed for students that want to get into the sport of whitewater kayaking. Whether it's their first time on the water, or they've been on a couple beginner trips before, this course seeks to have all students become competent paddlers on the water in a fun and refreshing way to beat the summer heat. The summer is a great time to get into new activities, including whitewater kayaking. No experience necessary. All participants are expected to know how to swim.

  • CRN: 60605
  • Instructor: Michael Schedin and Katie Bogart
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 6/25 – 8/17
  • Meeting days and times: Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Course location: Ledyard Clubhouse
  • Requirement for PE credit: Attend a total of 8 sessions (any combination of Rolling/Skills sessions in flatwater and river trips on Whitewater).
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $195
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students

Wilderness Canoe Travel Overnight

Learn the essential skills necessary for safe and efficient wilderness canoe travel, while on a two-night, two-day canoe journey on the Connecticut River.

Students will learn paddle strokes and canoe maneuvering, reading currents and river contours, portaging and lining techniques, and how to load and balance canoes for expedition travel. Students will also learn canoe camping skills, open fire cooking skills, and preparedness for inclement weather.

Physical demands: Paddling roughly 30 miles, one to two portages (hauling boats and equipment around a dam and possibly an unnavigable rapids), camping and sleeping on the ground, exposure to elements for 48 hours

  • CRN: 60602
  • Instructor: Mark Kutolowski ‘99
  • Inclusive dates of the course: July 3rd; July 6-8
  • Meeting days and times: Tuesday July 3rd 7-9pm; 3pm Friday July 6th- 3pm Sunday July 8th
  • Course location: Begin at Ledyard end at Ascutney, VT
  • Requirement for PE credit: Attend all sessions
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $210

Wilderness Navigation

An intensive training in backcountry navigation and travel skills. Students will learn orienteering, map and compass navigation, reading topography and water flow, and other skills of modern wilderness navigation. The course will then progress to learning traditional systems of navigation without instrumentation. Skills covered will include enhanced sensory perception, trail-blazing, song-lines, celestial navigation, and lost-proofing.

Physical demands: Several miles of hiking every class, except one class where we will paddle several miles on the CT River (training in water navigation). Regular hiking off-trail.

  • CRN: 60603
  • Instructor: Mark Kutolowski ‘99
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 6/25-8/21
  • Meeting days and times: Tuesdays 2:30pm-6pm
  • Course location: Hanover and surrounding area
  • Requirement for PE credit: 7 out of 10 classes
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $90

Beginning Backpacking and Leave no Trace Ethics

Embark on a multi-day backpacking basics expedition starting from your own backyard!  Learn how to pack a backpack and what to pack for overnights under the stars.  Participants will gain practice pitching tents, gathering and purifying water, using a camp stove and cooking on one.  From leave no trace ethics to animal proofing your campsite, participants will leave this course with a solid foundation to go out on their own with camping confidence. 

  • CRN: 60606
  • Instructor: Gunnar Johnson
  • Inclusive dates of the course: 7/13-7/15
  • Meeting days and times: 4pm Friday 7/13- 6pm Sunday 7/15
  • Course location: Leaving Hanover to Appalachian Trail
  • Requirement for PE credit: Must attend the full weekend
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $170
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students

Beginning Surfing

Hang Ten and learn to surf on the New Hampshire coast boasting some of the best surf on the East Coast.   Three full days learning surf theory and how to read breaks, how to “drop in” to a wave and techniques of riding a surfboard and care for gear.  No surfing experience is necessary but must be a proficient swimmer. 

  • CRN: 60618
  • Instructor: Maxwell Bond and Simon Ellis
  • Inclusive dates of the course: June 30; July 7; July 21;
  • Meeting days and times: Saturday 8am-6pm
  • Course location: Hampton Beach, NH
  • Requirement for PE credit: Attend 3 full day sessions
  • Max Number of students for enrollment: 10
  • Course cost: $240
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students