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bWinter School 2001 MIT Outing Club Goals of Winter School Introduce wilderness winter sports Teach techniques Demonstrate equipment Teach safety Instill wilderness ethics Provide first hand experience Lonesome Lake Activities Hiking (below and above treeline) Winter Camping

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bWinter School 2001

MIT Outing Club


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Goals of Winter School

  • Introduce wilderness winter sports

  • Teach techniques

  • Demonstrate equipment

  • Teach safety

  • Instill wilderness ethics

  • Provide first hand experience

MITOC Winter School



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Activities

  • Hiking (below and above treeline)

  • Winter Camping

  • Cross-Country Skiing

  • Ice Climbing (limited)

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Why Winter School?

  • Everybody is here with free time (IAP)

  • Unique challenges posed by weather and terrain

  • Mountains are less crowded

  • Preparation for other expeditions

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Pre-Requisites

  • No winter experience necessary

  • Mild weather experience desired but not necessary

  • Open mind (accept what others teach you)

  • Common sense (know your limits)

  • Enthusiasm is welcome

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Overview

  • Why is attendance important?

  • First and most important things (clothing, food)

  • Cool stuff (lectures, movies, talk shows)

  • Leaders are people too - ask questions, get to know them, make friends

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Inherent Danger

  • Winter environment is unforgiving

  • You will be far away (up to a day) from any help

  • Serious injury can result from frostbite, injury, and other accidents. You can lose digits or entire body parts

  • Death can occur from hypothermia, exposure, accidents, drowning, and other ways

  • Several people die every year in the White Mountains, especially the Presidentials

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Why Winter School?

  • Safety

  • Preparation

  • Fun

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Logistics

  • Optional lectures concern special topics:

    xc skiing, orienteering, cold-weather injuries, avalanches

  • Some lectures cumulative and mandatory:

    clothing, day hikes, overnights, above treeline travel, safety

  • Gear rental Thursday (8-9pm)

  • Weekend outing

  • Return gear on Monday (5-6pm)

    Lectures: 35-225, 6:30 – 9:00pm

    Office: 4th floor Student Center (w20-461)

    Bring Checkbook – No Cash or Credit Cards

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Trip Schedule

Week 1

Below tree-line day hiking, XC skiing

Week 2

Above tree-line hiking, XC skiing, snow camping

Week 3 and later

Multi-day hikes and sustained above tree-line travel

We will continue to have easier hikes throughout Winter School if demand is sufficient.

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Today’s Lecture

  • Introduction

  • Clothing

  • Food and water

  • Basic Gear

  • Hands-on activities:

    • Clothing questions

    • Packing

    • Stoves

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