New Hampshire Outing Club
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|Location||Durham, New Hampshire, USA|
The New Hampshire Outing Club (NHOC) is the oldest and largest student organization at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Founded in 1911, it currently has around 250 members. The NHOC typically offers two to three trips each weekend which include a variety of activities, such as canoeing, rock climbing, caving, skydiving, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, and mountaineering. The club has also led sailing trips in the summer. However, the club's focus has been hiking, which has gone as far to be called "peak bagging" as veteran members seek to summit all 48 4,000-footers in the White Mountains. The club is entirely student-run, and decisions for the club are made at weekly business meetings that are open to anyone in the club. The UNH Student Activity Fee covers most of the trips' costs. These funds have significantly increased the club's membership by cutting out-of-pocket costs to students to a fraction of what they had been for much of the club's history.
The New Hampshire Outing Club owns two cabins in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Franconia Notch Cabin, or "Franky" as it is colloquially known, was built in the early 1900s. It suffered a propane explosion in 1957, causing the club to rebuild the cabin where it stands today in Franconia Notch State Park. The cabin operates on a special-use permit from the state of New Hampshire.
Jackson Cabin is located in the northern fringes of Jackson, New Hampshire, a small resort town on the southern border of the White Mountain National Forest. It is only a few minutes' drive from the Presidential Range, which includes Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the Northeast. The club had rented out the cabins until 2014 when it was decided that this practice was too much of a liability. The club has built a newer post-and-beam construction cabin to replace the older Jackson Cabin. The new cabin was completed in September 2008.[needs update]
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