EVERYONE SHOULD CARETAKE

May I take a moment to introduce you to our current reigning caretaker queen, DEANNA BESSY.

Deanna is always volunteering to caretake because she is queen caretaker and has caretaken a million times. She truly cares about the safety and enjoyment of the subjects of the Loj. She always provides all of her information, charges people accordingly, recommends awesome trips and makes sure that the Loj is in tip top shape.

BE LIKE DEANNA

If you think that you are Loj queen or Loj King or whatever the gender neutral word for ruler is then you should sign up to caretake this fall!

Caretaking is an incredible way to give back to TMC and also stay at the Loj for free! Contact Lojmom (aka Alyssa Rivas) if you can caretake for weekends this coming fall.

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August 23, 2016 · Alyssa Rivas · Comments Closed
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Loj Closed August 18-31

Sorry for the inconvenience, but the Loj will be closed August 18-31. Don’t worry, we’ll be open again the first week of September!

Go Outside!

July 30, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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TMC Summer Policies

Summer Loj means free Loj!! But there are some guiding principles. Summer Loj is free for a few reasons: no caretakers, no food, etc. So please come prepared to feed yourself! If you plan to come up to the Loj, there needs to be a caretaker to open the place. Unlike during the school year, the caretaker can go on trips during the summer. If you’re a caretaker and you’re planning on going up to the Loj, shoot an email to LojMom (Alyssa Rivas) at Loj@tuftsmountainclub.org to let her know when you’ll be staying there. If you want to go up but you’re not a caretaker, email LojMom and she’ll let you know if there will be a caretaker there. Looking for other people that are going up? Try posting in the TMC Facebook Group.

As always please respect the Loj, clean up after yourself and take out the trash and perishables from the refrigerator before you head out. If you have any questions please contact LojMom.

Below are our official summer policies:

VANS:

The Vans will be parked in Dowling as per usual and the keys can be picked up from TUPD if you have reserved the van. If you want to use a van, make a reservation on the website as per usual.

You will only be allowed to use a van if you are van certified! Make sure you do this before school lets out. You may only use the van to go on trips; van use for personal errands will not be tolerated.

LOJ:

All Loj rules still apply over break (no shoes, no hard alcohol, quiet hours, etc). However, there are some changes to policies: The caretaker schedule will be determined as caretakers are available, not ahead of time. Caretakers may go on trips, but they will be reachable. There will not be food stocked at the Loj. The Loj is free!

If you want to go to the Loj, look out for a post on the trips board or in the Facebook Group that a caretaker will open the Loj. Contact the caretaker and make sure there is room for you at the Loj.

Some notes for caretakers:

If you are caretaker certified, you can go up to the Loj as you please. Let the Loj Director Alyssa know if you plan to open the Loj. She will send you detailed summer Loj procedures. Then post that the Loj will be open using the “general” category on the trips board or in the Facebook Group. Make sure to lock up when you leave and put the key back in the key box. Lock the Loj during the day if no one will be there, and leave your phone number on the door so guests can get in touch if needed. You are still responsible for facilitating cleaning, including recycling! You are also responsible for following emergency response protocols and communicating with Alyssa, Christa (TMC Advisor), and the Tufts administration as needed.

TRIPS:

Trips organized using Tufts Mountain Club over the summer must be consistent with our trip policies during the school year. Abide by all normal planning procedures: plan a route ahead of time, bring the 10 essentials, and get emergency contact information for your group. If you go on trips from the Loj during the summer, you should fill out a trips form AND leave an expected return time and emergency instructions with someone who will not be at the Loj. Caretakers may be on trips and unavailable to fill immediate emergency response needs.

GEAR:

Our gear director, Emily, will not be on campus for the summer, so the gear room will be closed. If you would like to borrow any gear for the whole summer, please contact her before finals period to discuss an agreement and appropriate collateral.

Happy Lojing!

April 25, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Prezi Traverse and Jumbo Days – It’s the 4/18 Weekly!

We’re coming up to the end of the semester, but y’all know the part doesn’t stop until we leave. The trips board is boppin’ as ever, so take a gander!

 Come help out at Jumbo Days!
 Big Weekend Updates!
Check out the Fells!
Fire Safety!
The Aqua Program is Awesome!
 Long Trips Are Rad!

— Want to help table at Jumbo Days? Come swing by our table any time between 2:15 and 3:30 on Thursday or Friday. The Jumbo Days Community Fair will take place under the tent on the academic quad. Come hype up TMC to the prospective students!

— Big weekend updates!!!

Your Newcomers coordinators are Rebecca Redelmeier, Elizabeth Dossett, and Jonas Procton!

Your Peak Weekend coordinators are Josh Cohen and Hannah Levine!

Look forward to receiving more info about the weekends from these awesome peeps in the fall

— We know schoolwork gets busy as finals approach, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a few hours to go outside. May we recommend a hike in the Fells? It’s just a short run/bike off campus with plenty to explore. Post the trip here to find some people to join you!

— We’ll be hosting fire safety training in the TMC Office Located in the basement of South Hall on Wednesday April 20th at 12 noon. Come learn how to use a fire extinguisher and other fire safety tips with the Tufts Fire Marshal. This is super important for caretakers, but all are encouraged to come learn how to protect our beloved Loj from burning down.

1) Watch this

2) Cry

3) Come to fire safety training to prevent that from happening again.

— The Aqua program took on the Westfield River with some friends from the UMass Outing Club this week! They also managed to take a second for some sun and this rad pic!

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Props to the TMCers that took on a prezi traverse this past weekend! Way to go! Check out this sweet pic from the ridge and keep a look out for more dastardly long trips on the trips board!

The sea cucumber will eviscerate itself and eject its own respiratory and reproductive systems in order to distract prey and give it enough time to maybe drift away. That’s actually such a terrible system.

Email Teddy with more interesting marine animal facts

April 19, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Salsa and fire safety – It’s the 4/11/16 Weekly!

What do salsa, music, meetings, fire safety, new Jumbos, and water have in common? Your week! Sign up young TMCers! 

— Salsa Night!!

— Lojstock is Coming!

— TMC Open Meeting!

— Fire Safety Training? So Responsible!

— Table for TMC at Jumbo Days!

— The Aqua Program is Dope!

— Do you like fun? Do you require a caloric intake in order to survivie? Then you should stop by salsa night!! Our April Monthly Social is this week and the theme is Salsa and Salsa! Come to the basement of South Hall (next to the TMC Office) at 8PM on Thursday April 14th to dance and eat with your fellow TMCers. The spicy Alyssa Rivas will be leading Salsa Dance Lessons. RSVP to the Facebook Event here.

Lojstock 2016 is on May 14th. Keep your calendars open, for some say there may be a pig roast for weary travelers if we get enough interestl! If you are in a band or have friends who are in a band that are interested in preforming at Lojstock please email Maxx!

— There will be an Open Meeting on Monday April 18th at 7PM in the TMC Office located in the basement of South Hall. Add it to your calendars. All TMC members are welcome to come discuss their thoughts on the happenings of TMC and hear what the TMC Executive Board has been up to! If you plan on coming, please take a moment to fill out this one question form to help us guide the conversation. If you don’t have anything on your mind, but just want to get involved with the discussion, that’s great too!

— We’ll be hosting fire safety training in the TMC Office Located in the basement of South Hall on Wednesday April 20th at 12 noon. Come learn how to use a fire extinguisher and other fire safety tips with the Tufts Fire Marshal. This is super important for caretakers, but all are encouraged to come learn how to protect our beloved Loj from burning down.

1) Watch this

2) Cry

3) Come to fire safety training to prevent that from happening again

4) Take a few to finish crying. No shame, it releases endorphins

 

— Want to table for TMC at Jumbo Days? Sign up here. We’d love to have you help spread the TMC stoke to incoming students! The community fair will be located on the academic quad on April 15, 21 and 22. Setup starts at 2PM, we need to have someone at the table at 2:15, then the official start is at 2:30. The event will continue until 3:30 PM.

 

— Here be dragons! The TMC aqua program hit the Lower Millers River this past weekend for some whitewater kayaking and rafting! Keep a lookout on the website for more aqua trips as the weather starts warming up.

April 12, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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A spring(?!) weekly – Week of 4/4

Spring and winter pulled the ol’ switcheroo on us. But we’re on to you spring…. payback this boorish tomfoolery here!

Apply to coordinate Newcomers!

Apply to coordinate Peak Weekend!

— Message from the Van Man!

— Learn to dance Salsa, and also eat it!

— Lojstock 2016 is coming up: Apply with your band now!

— Let’s do some clambering: climbing info!

— Pool session this week!

— TMC gear opportunity – Backcountry boots!

 

APPLY TO COORDINATE NEWCOMERS!!!!

Newcomers weekend is when we welcome new TMC members to the Loj for the first time in the Fall. Coordinating Newcomers Weekend is an awesome way to get more involved with TMC and to help introduce Freshmen and new members to the club! If you’re a Freshman, you’re especially encouraged to apply, even if you never went to Newcomers.

If you have any questions, contact last year’s coordinators: Maya, Jared, or Tegs.

APPLY TO COORDINATE PEAK WEEKEND!!!!

Peak weekend is when TMC attempts to collectively summit all 48 4000 footers in New Hampshire in one weekend! This one is always filled with beautiful foliage and wonderful hikes. Coordinating Peak Weekend is a great way to get more involved with TMC! If you’re a Freshman, you’re especially encouraged to apply, even if you didn’t go to Peak Weekend last year.

If you have any questions, contact last year’s coordinators: Brian or Anna.

Hi all,

Russell the Van Manager here. If you use the van, please park it between the lines when you’re done. Using the space in Dowling is a privilege so we have to park like we all have our licenses. Don’t be this guy –

—- Do you like Salsa? Better yet, do you like Salsa? ¿Porque no los dos? Come to the Jackson Gym Thursday April 14th 8-9:30 pm. Learn to Salsa dance from the amazing Alyssa Rivera and eat some salsa while you do it!

Lojstock 2016 is on May 14th. Keep your calendars open, for ’tis going to be a merry shindig with much mirth to be had by all! If you are in a band or have friends who are in a band that are interested in preforming at Lojstock please email Maxx!

Keep your eyes on the trips board! Sure, it’s snowing in April but it’s the season for outdoor rock climbing! We’ve got trips heading to local crags near Tufts as well as awesome spots throughout New Hampshire comin’ your way!

If you have a car and wanna go climbing contact Brian! He wants to take tons of people on trips but we gotta have transportation! Much love and appreciation to anyone who offers up their car for a climbing trip – you can learn tons of great skills, send some rad climbs, and spend beautiful days in the outdoors with wonderful people!

Brian’s contact info: climbing@tuftsmountainclub.org; (207) 650-3498

— Jason Linker is leading the pool session this week! If you want to be a class five paddler, Jason is the man to teach you how to get out of your boat! Join him this Thursday for pool time spectacular!

Our very well connected gear director has managed to procure some backcountry ski boots just for that one person who reads the weekly to the bottom! Atomic 2014 Haymaker Tour 90 AT Ski Boots for 100$, size 26.5 (US 8 1/2). They’re a steal, and a necessity for anyone looking for a method to secure skis to their feet!

made with love and just a sprinkle of Streptococcus pyogenes

yours truely, Teddy “Jason “Jinker” Linker” Laurita

email me with love poetry here and questions here

 

April 5, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Weekly of 3/28

We back! The beginning of the end slog is here, starting with the weekly of 3/28!

— Apply to coordinate Newcomers

— Apply to coordinate Peak Weekend

— Rolling sessions are starting up again

— Spring break recap!!

APPLY TO COORDINATE NEWCOMERS!!!!

Newcomers weekend is when we welcome new TMC members to the Loj for the first time in the Fall. Coordinating Newcomers Weekend is an awesome way to get more involved with TMC and to help introduce Freshmen and new members to the club! If you’re a Freshman, you’re especially encouraged to apply, even if you never went to Newcomers.

If you have any questions, contact last year’s coordinators: Maya, Jared, or Tegs.

 

APPLY TO COORDINATE PEAK WEEKEND!!!!

Peak weekend is when TMC attempts to collectively summit all 48 4000 footers in New Hampshire in one weekend! This one is always filled with beautiful foliage and wonderful hikes. Coordinating Peak Weekend is a great way to get more involved with TMC! If you’re a Freshman, you’re especially encouraged to apply, even if you didn’t go to Peak Weekend last year.

If you have any questions, contact last year’s coordinators: Brian or Anna.

 

— Rolling sessions commence! If you want to learn how to roll a whitewater kayak, now is your chance! Sign up for the trip to the pool this Thursday 3/31 from 8-10pm.

 

— Spring break recap! Lots of TMCers went on some pretty rad trips over spring break. Check out some photos here! Have any spring break adventure photos you want to share with us? Send them to Teddy and we’ll post them up on our Facebook page!

 

— Ari, Brian, Jason, and Ross headed up to the Gaspésie Peninsula for some deep snow and steep lines in the Chic Choc Mountains.

 

A bunch of really attractive TMCers went down to the Red River Gorge for some sport climbing! Check out these shots of Archie and Rachel. Special cameo by Archie’s beard.

 

— Stephanie and Laura went hiking in the Olympic Peninsula and snagged some beautiful photos!

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Please feel free to send all compliments to: communications@tuftsmountainclub.org

Also, please feel free to send all complaints to customer service at: president@tuftsmountainclub.org

Shalom

March 28, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Pi Day Weekly! 3/14/16

One more week until spring break, but still plenty of time to go on rad trips here!

— Nick Cunetta wants to start a surfing program. Email him if you know how to surf or want to help start the program. We’re always looking to add cool opportunities for our TMC friendlies to get outside so let’s help Nick make this a rad addition to TMC’s repertoire!

 

— TMC Job Section

Pangaea Adventures is looking to hire some more sea kayaking guides in Alaska this summer. Contact TMC Alum David Sokoler for more info on this crazy rad opportunity!

— Earthen Vessels is looking for TMCers to be counselors for five weeks this summer. They are looking specifically for guys, but contact Rachel Wahlert if you have any interest whatsoever!

 

Winterfest was this week! We frolicked in the wintery weather (or lack thereof) and there was plenty of winter goodies to go ’round, to warm the ice from any winterfest-goer’s heart! Check these pics of people frolicking, and send us pictures of any other TMC shenanigans y’all get up to!

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March 15, 2016 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Leap year weekly 2/29/16

It’s February 29!! Happy leap year TMCers, check out this sweet weekly with tons of cool info, also this

TMC office hours: March 7th from 12-2 PM

Movie screening – Meru: March 8th at 9 in Barnum 008

— Look out for video updates

— Keep an eye out for climbing clinics in the next week

— Weekly rolling session… in heated water!

— Lily fund: TMC leadership position

 

We’re excited to announce the opening of the new TMC office space in the basement of South Hall! Join us for an open house in our office on Monday, March 7th! Swing by anytime between 12:00-2:00PM and stay as long as you’d like. Everyone is encouraged to stop in to meet other TMCers and talk with our board members about the projects they’ve been working on. We’ll also have some TMC historical photo albums and journals for you to peruse through, and most importantly, there will be snacks! The doors to South will be open to everyone during those hours. Just follow the staircase that is across the hall from the entrance down to the basement, then hook a left and look for the TMC signs.
We’re going to be having a screening of Meru on Tuesday March 8th at 9PM in Barnum 008. Spoiler: it’s an absolutely incredible film. Join the Facebook event here!

— We’ve been releasing regular video updates from each of our board members to fill you in on what we’ve been up to. Here’s one from our Historian as she goes through a few of our old photos and historical docs. In case you missed it, here’s another video update from our Prez and VP with a little sneak peak of the new TMC office that we are almost ready to open up!

 
— Keep an eye out for upcoming climbing trips led by our very own Brian Taintor. Some say he can build an anchor with nothing but his left foot, others say he can’t ice climb for longer than two hours or his abs will melt the wall. All we know is he’s got some trips on the trips board!!
 
— Weekly rolling session! learn how to roll a kayak and stay warm at the same time. Check the trips board in the next week to sign up!!
 
— HEY! look at this fresh TMC leadership opportunity:
The committee for Lily’s Adventure Fund is looking for help.
Details:

  1. The younger you are, the better! This is a long-term project and we hope you like it so much that you want to stick around and run it in future years (no pressure tho).
  2. Check out this page for more about the project. We are in the fundraising phase right now, but in the future people on this committee will be involved in arranging the trips funded by the grant.
  3. Time commitment will be a v brief meeting on a weekly basis plus whatever independent work you can handle.
  4. If you are interested in making this awesome project happen, contact Anna Kaplan by Friday so we can plan our first meeting! We want to hear your amazing ideas.

March 1, 2016 · Teddy Laurita · Comments Closed
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Weekly of 2/15

It’s the week of 2/15 and after that crazy cold weekend let’s GO OUTSIDE!!

MONTHLY SOCIAL #1 – TRIVIA NIGHT

NO GEAR HOURS THURSDAY

CONTACT YOUR CARETAKERS FOR THIS WEEKEND

REMEMBER TO PREPAY FOR THE LOJ

FENWAY “SEND IT FOR THE BOYS” COMPETITION

Our first monthly social of the semester is this week! Come drop some knowledge about Sports, Geography, History, Science, Entertainment and Sex at Trivia night on Thursday at 8PM in Hotung! Join the FB Event!! Don’t forget to bring your own Nalgene (BYON) for a Nalgene-Chug-Off for bonus points. Trivia winners will get a free night at the Loj!

Additionally there will be FREE CHIPOTLE and chex mix. Not kidding, we have literally thousands of ounces of chex mix. Come eat free food you crazy kids.

 

No gear hours this Thursday due to Thursday being a Monday this week #timewarp. We’ll have normal gear hours from 1:30-2:30 on Tuesday. Thanks to a HUGE gear donation from the Bliss Family, the gear room will be stocked up with some fun new toys soon! Make sure to stop by and take advantage of FREE gear rental this semester.

ALSO, microspikes, which are now housed in the Gear Room, must be returned on tuesday (during gear hours). If you are in need of checking a pair out for the upcoming weekend, stop by on Tuesday or email the Gear Director BY Wednesday morning if the 1:30-2:30 time does not fit your schedule in order to find a different time to meet. Thursday evening/Friday morning pleas for gear will unfortunately not be met.

Your caretakers this weekend are MP Monks and Alexa Reilly. WOOOO thanks ladies!! Contact them if you’re planning on heading up this weekend, they would really appreciate it. 
Don’t forget that you can prepay for the Loj before you head up for the weekend! No cash needed. Make sure you’re logged in to get your TMC discount.

5 dastardly TMCers braved the green line and hoofed it down to Fenway to see some crazy cats send it off this massive jump last week at the Fenway Ski Big Air Competition!! Keep a look out for more cool outdoorsy opportunities on the trips board!!!!
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February 18, 2016 · Teddy Laurita · Comments Closed
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