Freshmen Orientation Events!

Hello Freshmen!

Interested in joining the Tufts Mountain Club? Looking for an awesome way to get outside and make new friends during Orientation Week? Enjoy biking, hiking or swimming? If any of these things apply, you’ve come to the right place! There is a “Bike and Hike” event on Sunday 9/6 from 10am-12pm and a “Bike and Swim” event on Monday 9/7 from 10am-12pm. Sign up here! We can’t wait to see you there!

August 28, 2015 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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Loj CLOSED August 20th through September 1st

Hello Friends!

The Loj will be CLOSED from August 20th to September 1st, as Tufts Wilderness Orientation will be using it for training and as a home base while trips are out. Please feel free to stop by before or after, but the Loj will be jam packed during those two weeks!


July 23, 2015 · Catherine Armistead · Comments Closed
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TMC Summer 2015

Hello Tufts Mountain Club members all over the world,

 Exams are on their way and people are lounging on the prez lawn, so only one thing could be happening… summer is coming! And summer is a great opportunity to get outside. Our resources are still available to members over the summer, but there are a few changes in our operations. Please review the following policies so you know how to stay in touch with TMC over the summer.



Because we don’t want to spam all of the people leaving New England for the summer, we have a separate summer e-list! To stay in the loop about all summer activities, you must join the TMC summer google group. This will be used by anyone who is around over the summer and wants to grab friends to go on an outing.

Anyone can post in the google group! Notify the group whenever you plan to go to the Loj or use the vans. This e-list will also get notifications from our formal activities and van reservation system. If you are a caretaker and plan to open the Loj, you can post a trip in the “general” category on the activities page. If you reserve a van through the page, you must get in touch with the keyholders as stipulated below.



Beetlejuice keys will be with Iris Levine (615-390-2837) at 3 Capen, Medford, and the van will be parked in Carmichael lot. Dr. Doom keys will be with Luke Burkhalter (615-962-4694) at 139 College Ave, Somerville, and the van will be parked at Aidekman Arts Center. If you want to use a van, make a reservation on the website and then contact those people directly to use the vans and reserve the keys.

Gas will not be reimbursed over the summer. Drivers will fill up the gas tank of the vans at the end of their trip, so they pay for the amount of gas they used and the vans are always full. Even if you just go to Metro or the Fells, swing by Titan Gas or the Medford Mobil before returning the vans to you replace what you used. This ensures that the vans don’t run out of gas and no one gets burned and has to pay for a full tank when they only went a short distance; please show courtesy to all van users.

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.



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 summer google 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 Cat (704-654-0008) 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 by directly posting in the summer google 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 Cat, Christa (TMC Advisor), and the Tufts administration as needed.



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.



Our gear director, Wilson, 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 him now to discuss an agreement and appropriate collateral.


Go outside,

<3 Charlotte


April 27, 2015 · Charlotte Clarke · Comments Closed
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TMC Presents: Allison Nadler



Allison Nadler is coming Tuesday, April 21st at 8pm to tell us about her amazing experiences with ultralite backpacking and thru-hiking the John Muir Trail. If you plan to spend some of your free time hiking or backpacking this summer, come check this out! She will host a Q&A session afterwards if you want to hear advice about planning summer trips (she’s also hiked the 48 4,000-footers in New Hampshire a bunch of times) or want to know what gear to get for your future summer backpacking trip.

Facebook event:

Check out her website:

April 21, 2015 · Charlotte Clarke · Comments Closed
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TMC Presents: Make your own Medkit!!

Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00pm in Lane 100!!
Do you own a medkit? Do you know what materials are inside of a medkit? Want to know when/how/why to use them? Want to make one for $10? Come make your own medkit with me and other TMC folks Wednesday at 8 PM in Lane 100!

Please sign up on the TMC website to pay or pay in cash:

If you have prior medical experience and feel comfortable to help teach people what certain materials are and when/why/how to use them, contact Aaron Pomerance hiking director.

April 15, 2015 · Ari Schneider · Comments Closed
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April 1, 2015 · Gabe Joseph · Comments Closed
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Lojgiving 2015: The Movie

Check out Leif Inouye’s video of TMC Thanksgiving at the Loj this February!

March 28, 2015 · Gabe Joseph · Comments Closed
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TMC Climbing School

Climbing School Poster

Learn to build anchors, rappel, lead climb and more in a THREE WEEK COURSE with Jason!  Sessions will be Fridays at 1PM.  There is a 12 person limit.  A FULLY REFUNDABLE deposit ($10) is required so sign up now.  The deposit will be returned if ALL SESSIONS are attended.   We will be driving to Waitts Mountain (15 min) in the vans to get practical experience on real rock!

March 28, 2015 · Jason Linker · Comments Closed
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TMC Presents: Story Slam




Come and enjoy some tall tales from your fellow TMC members and a surprise guest! Come to the Crane Room at 9:00 on Thursday the 12th and relish in some fantastic stories, eat some snacks and hang out with people that love the outdoors!
Email if you have memories you want to share about TMC, want to read an excerpt from some historical documents, or have any other outdoor-related words you wish to speak.

March 9, 2015 · Charlotte Clarke · Comments Closed
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Exec Updates from TMC!

Exciting things are happening for TMC right now:

1. Christa Ricker is our new TMC advisor, starting next week! She will be working out of the OCL and overseeing Orientation and Pre-orientation programs as well.

+ Christa is a NH native.  She began studying Outdoor Education as an undergraduate at UNH and is currently one semester away from a masters degree.  Her main focus of study is on outdoor orientation programs.  She has spent the last three summers working with Tufts Wilderness Orientation and prior to that was a wilderness therapy guide in Maine.  Her favorite backcountry activities are winter camping, bouldering, and all types of skiing. Christa loves to travel and is hoping to reach her goal of having traveled to thirty countries by the time she is thirty (5 countries and 15 months left to go).  She is a huge fan of her cat, Dyno, and also loves baking and watching old episodes of The West Wing.

+ TMC members will maintain our current projects, but Christa will be able to help us work more efficiently and take on new projects.

+ For example, in the future we hope to consistently offer trips over breaks, access to formal skills training, and listings for jobs in the outdoors.

2. We are having an Open Board meeting in Eaton 333 Sunday, March 8 at 7:30pm!

+ All members are invited to attend!

+ Current board members will give general updates about what they’re been up to.

+ We will review our constitution and invite members to give feedback as we re-write it. We will include a discussion about the role of our advisor.

+ General discussion about TMC projects and activities. If you have a topic you would like to cover, email me and I will add it to the agenda.

3. Starting after the open board meeting, minutes from board meetings will be posted here. If you want to stay updated on Exec Board activities, feel free to review minutes and give us feedback about goings on in the club.

Go Outside,


March 5, 2015 · Charlotte Clarke · Comments Closed
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