After some trouble with those pesky car rental people, the seven members of the HOC contingent finally loaded into the van and headed toward the mountains. We arrived at the Dartmouth Outing Club’s Billings Lodge, to the north of Mt. Madison, in the evening. A delicious dinner was cooked and eaten, and we settled in to enjoy the fire and await the arrival of the DOC members, who arrived not long after. Introductions were made, and someone suggested that we go for a walk. The walk, though, turned into a huge snowball fight in the field near the cabin, brightly illuminated by a wondrous full moon glowing against a clear sky full of stars. Contented (yet cold and wet), we went back to the cabin for a few rounds of Bananagrams and mafia.
The next morning (Saturday) we drove to Mt. Washington to take a walk up the Auto Road and sled down. However, we found that such hiking and sledding is, well, discouraged at best. Undaunted, it was over to Pinkham Notch and up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. After lunch at the Hermit Lake shelter, we began our sledding adventure down the Sherburne Ski Trail and made it all the way down with grins on our faces and no broken bones. On the way home both the HOC and DOC groups stopped for dinner at Flatbread in North Conway, where it was widely acknowledged that the Happy Valley Community Flatbread is definitely a quality pizza.
A great time was had by all, and we look forward to more joint trips with the DOC!
-By Michael Traver
General Region: New Hampshire (White Mountain NF) New Hampshire (other) Maine Massachusetts Out West Other
Trip Leaders: Michael Traver, Alexios Monopolis, and the awesome leaders of the DOC