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Spring Term 2016


April 22-24: Ledyard Riverfest (Advisor is Brian Kunz)

May 1: Moosilauke Ravine Lodge opens. Contact: Molly.C.McBride@Dartmouth.edu (manager) or moosilauke.ravine.lodge@dartmouth.edu or call 6-6543 (603-764-5858 after May 1) (Supervisor is Dan Nelson)

May 14: DOC Spring Weekend. Contact: doc.president@dartmouth.edu. (Advisor is Rory Gawler)

May 15 (approx.): Ledyard Canoe Club opens for canoe/kayak rentals. Contact: 643-6709. (Advisor is Brian Kunz)

 

Trail Work Week
June 19th-25th

Alumni Trail work week - Join fellow chubbers at Moosilauke for a hearty week of good camaraderie, good food and hard work. Training and supervision provided, no experience necessary. Lodging and meals provided. Just get yourself to Moosilauke with sturdy shoes and good outdoor work clothes and we'll take care of the rest. Full week participation is preferred, but participation in first day of training is required. Participants should be in good health and ready to work hard. Hiking to worksites each day and spending full days outside, rain or shine. Contact Rory.c.gawler@dartmouth.edu

 

Sea Kayaking

Outdoor Programs will be sponsoring a week-long sea kayaking program, June 13-19, starting from Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada, on the Bay of Fundy. We will be working with SeaScapes Kayak Tours . Seascapes and its founder Bruce Smith have a great reputation for skill and safety, environmental stewardship, and teaching effectiveness. And Seascapes was selected as part of Outside Magazines Best of Travel Awards – The 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015. The area where we will be paddling provides some of the best sea kayaking on the east coast, known for its large tidal range; whales, porpoises, seals and other marine life; and beautiful natural scenery. The trip involves one day of driving from Hanover (departing the day after Commencement), the 5-day seminar, and a day's drive returning to Hanover.

The 5 day / 4 night program involves a full day orientation at Seascape's base which includes:
Local knowledge - tides / currents weather / ocean ecosystems
Trip planning/ Chart work / Packing
Group dynamics
Environmental ethics
Sea kayak skills and rescues
The group then travels out to the West Isles camping on several offshore islands ( 4 days paddling and 3 nights camping).
The paddling environment consists of protected inshore waters, open coast, tidal currents and moderate swell.
This is a wonderful playground that provides lot's of opportunity for both personal and group challenge.
On the trip participants work as leaders of the day on a rotational basis. This allows participants to put into practice trip planning and leadership skills which were introduced during the orientation .
Of course this will be under the leadership / safety net of our instructors/ guides.
This is a very solid curriculum which has proven to be very successful.
The program provides guides, kayaks and related equipment, instructional materials and meals from breakfast day 1 - lunch day 5. Transportation to and from Hanover will also be provided. The cost for DOC student members is $500 (financial aid available); non-DOC students is $525, faculty and staff is $625, and for community members is $750.
Please contact Dan Nelson if you'd like to reserve a spot or with any questions.

 sea kayaking poster

 

 

Timberframing for Class of 1967 Bunkhouse

Dear Moosilauke Fans!

We are pleased to invite you to help with the Moosilauke Class of 1967 Bunkhouse.
With the success of the '84, '74, '65, and (soon to be) '66 buildings, the Class of 1967 is throwing its own party, but starting earlier in the year than did the prior projects.

We are now planning to have the Timber Framing Workshop June 25-30, with ongoing volunteer work to take place Monday-Friday through the remainder of the summer. We are hoping for volunteers to "make a week of it," which will help greatly with construction. We are looking to form crews of 6-8 volunteers each week to work with our professional crew of 3-4. The '67s are hoping for a strong "1967-2017" class alliance around this project.

This earlier start date will also give us more breathing room to get the project done before its dedication at the start of the Class of 1967's 50th Reunion.
The plan is...

Saturday, June 25-Thursday June 30: 5th Moosilauke Timber Framing Workshop: start with a stack of timbers and finish 6 days later with a raised timber frame with first layer of roof decking, maybe more. See recent Alumni Magazine article. All skills taught by our seasoned instructor team. These weeks are just a blast, but please see the note below for a more in-depth description of what is involved.

Volunteer Work Week tasks approximately as follows, all led by our skilled carpenter-instructors; all skills taught, more low-key than the TF workshop, plenty of good fun. Bring classmates along!

Monday July 4-Friday July 8: build roof, start on walls
July 11-15: Complete roof, continue walls, windows
July 18-22: Continue Walls, Windows; start siding
July 25-29: Siding, inside floor
August 1-5: Siding and trim, partition framing
August 8-12: Partition sheetrock and paneling
Week of Aug. 15: paneling and wrap up, possibly start bunk framing

For the Timber Framing workshop in June: Moosilauke Volunteer Trail Work-week ends Friday the 24th. There will be a thanks/transition dinner the night of the 24th. Hard-cores who want to do both trail work and bunkhouse work can do both. Free Lodge services for the '67 Timber Framing Workshop start with dinner that night and end with dinner Thursday the 30th (overnight 30th, breakfast on the 1st can be bought separately).

For the work weeks: free services start with overnight Sunday, end with dinner Friday.

So, if you are interested in being part of these historic events this summer, please reply to me to sign up!

Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to extend their stays for Moosilauke recreation on weekends before or after the work weeks - with these exceptions: Weekends of August 5-6 and 12-13 are booked for exclusive use, and July 23 there is a special event. For all other weekends, please contact the Lodge directly to make arrangements: 603-646-6543 or Moosilauke.Ravine.Lodge@dartmouth.edu.

These opportunities - with FREE room and board for your hard work - may also be your chance to have some final quality time with the old Lodge. Plans for the Lodge replacement are well along and remarkably thoughtful and impressive. Decision by Dartmouth Trustees on construction timetable is expected mid-March and is dependent on sufficient funds...

Meanwhile – TimberHomes has had strong response from classmates and friends volunteering for the Class of '66 project, where completion work will run April 27 to June 4, dedication on June 9. But we could still use more hands – please contact me (David) at the above address to sign up or for more information.

Last Updated: 4/4/16