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MITOC Winter School - Jan 2011

MITOC Winter School 2011

January 2011

Do you enjoy being outdoors but don't know what to do when the temperature drops? Do you live for summer but suffer in winter? Are you cooped up from November to March?
Don't hide from the cold--celebrate winter! During IAP, participate in MIT Outing Club's Winter School, where you can have fun learning skills like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing and more. Winter School is MITOC's crash course in cold weather activities, beginning January 4th and running through the 30th.

What is Winter School?

Winter School is an annual IAP course presented by the members of MITOC. Its goal is to teach the skills one needs to enjoy outdoor sports in the winter. During the month of January, participants attend lectures every Tuesday and Thursday evening and spend time outdoors during the weekends. Trips are offered at various levels of intensity and include hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, back-country skiing, ice climbing, winter camping, orienteering, and mountaineering.

What is the format?

Lectures are held in room 35-225 from 7-9p. They run every Tuesday and Thursday from January 4 until January 27. Lectures are geared toward a variety of skill sets, ranging from the basics of food and clothing to technical topics such ice climbing and backcountry skiing. The second half of winter school will also feature guest lectures from regional wilderness experts.

Outdoor trips are held every Saturday and Sunday from 1/8 through 1/30, and often involve travel to New Hampshire's White Mountains. Gear ranging from ice axes to winter boots is available for rent. A nominal fee is charged per trip, as well as for rental items.

What is required to participate?

There is no pre-registration or immediate action needed. However, all participants are required to attend the first two lectures to be held at 7p on January 4 and 6. No previous winter experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome!

I'm going to miss one of the two mandatory lectures. May I still participate?

Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to the first week lecture attendance rule. Because very important safety information is covered, we require that all participants be present at the lectures on January 4 and 6.

I have done Winter School in the past. May I participate again this year?

Yes, returning students are welcome to come learn more skills. Remember that the first two lectures are mandatory, even if you've attended them before.

To see some of the terrific trips that happened last year, check out the MITOC photo gallery:
First weekend of Winter School
Second weekend
Third weekend
Fourth weekend

Lecture hall location:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. For now, think snow!

Patrick Allen
Winter School 2011 Organizer
allenp2 at gmail dot com)

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