The HOC has a cabin on Route 16 near Pinkham Notch, NH, a location with easy access to lots of trails, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and good rock and ice climbing. It’s heated, has a capacity of 30 people, and has a fully equipped kitchen. It is leased to the AMC in exchange for maintenance, but 6 spots are always reserved throughout the school year for members of the HOC on at least one week’s notice. NOTE: If an official HOC trip already has the cabin reserved, those 6 spots will NOT be available for other Harvard affiliates.
Check out the AMC’s page about the cabin. NOTE: The rates listed on that page do not apply to HOC members; see below for HOC rates.
Take a look at our online calendar for availability: Harvard Cabin Calendar
If you would like to use the cabin (and you can, anytime), follow these steps:
A full refund will be given for reservations cancelled more than 30 days in advance. No refund will be given for reservations cancelled (fully or partially) 30 days or fewer in advance. For groups using the entire cabin: in order to stay either Friday or Saturday night you must reserve and pay for at least both nights.
The cost is $7.00 per person per night for up to 6 people. If you would like to reserve more than 6 spots you must reserve the whole cabin, which costs $92.00 per night. These rates apply only to Harvard Outing Club members.
You’ll be given the current entry code when you make your reservation.
Once you’ve gotten into the cabin, go into the room directly on your right as you enter, open the circuit breaker box, and flip the master switch to “On.” When you leave turn it off again. You’ll need to plug in the refrigerator, and unplug it again when you leave.
There are two propane heaters, fed by the big tank out front. Follow the instructions on the wall for the big silver-colored one and the indstructions on the unit for the gas log one.
The kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, two stoves and ovens, a microwave, and a toaster. It’s also well stocked with plenty of plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons, pots, pans, etc. (for 15 people), so there’s no need to bring any of these items with you. Do bring dish soap, sponges, paper towels, and your own cloth dish towels if you so desire. You’ll need to plug in the refrigerator, and unplug it again when you leave.
The two stoves have electronic ignitions; there are no pilots to light. If you have any trouble lighting the burners check that the two propane tanks to the right of the porch are on: valves turns counter clockwise for the on position. Also check that the ball valve to the right of the tanks is on (it’s the handle in line with the pipe). Leave all the valves on, even when closing up the cabin. In the event of a power failure the gas locks off, so you won’t be able to use the stove or heaters. The oven should never be used to heat the cabin. Do not turn off any gas valves outside the cabin when you leave; when you turn the electricity off, all the gas will lock off automatically.
The faucet at the sink is fed by a tank in the kitchen. To fill the tank, hold down the switch on the wall. It can take a while for the water to come, so be patient. The water also has a slightly sulfuric smell, although it’s nothing to worry about.
Bring plastic trash bags. Carry out all trash with you when you leave. The local dump is only open limited hours, and a resident sticker may be required to use the dump so take your trash home.
The second floor of the cabin is a spacious, empty wood floor. Bring sleeping pads and sleeping bags. Please no shoes upstairs!
There is a fire escape stairway leading down from the south end of the second floor. Please be sure to shovel snow off the stairs and keep them clear during your stay.
The outhouse is out the back door, down a short trail to your right. Don’t throw any garbage in the outhouse, and don’t sprinkle it with lime, as lime halts decomposition.
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