|Meaghan Townsend – President – [email protected] – |
Meaghan is never happier than when she’s in the mountains. Hailing from Chappaqua, NY, she is a one-alarm evangelist and considers the snooze button one of the greatest threats facing America today. On campus, Meaghan studies English and rows for Radcliffe Heavyweight Crew—although she’s always taking suggestions for new sports to try. She credits HOC with cultivating her love of the outdoors and hopes to spend her life sharing that joy with others.
|Zoe Goldstein – Vice President- [email protected]|
Since making the trek from her home in Cambridge, MA to her (Eliot) House in Cambridge, MA (a trend?), Zoe has enjoyed continuing to build a reputation for herself as the clumsiest person to consistently seek out balance-challenging and post-hole-promising hikes. She has an intense love of books, comfy clothing, and all things fruit. When she’s not planning hikes in the Whites for days it’s going to rain or repeatedly asking people how they are as she passes them in the Yard, you can find her hanging out with five- and six-year-olds with the Mission Hill After School Program, with her PAFees in Thayer basement, or in the Barker Center bragging about how she only has class three days a week. She butters her toothbrush AFTER she puts water on it.
|Spencer Carter – Diversity and Inclusion Chair|
Spencer is a junior in Winthrop House studying Psychology. He’s from Pelham, NY and is VERY conflicted about whether he should claim to be a “New Yorker” or not. He’s passionate about HUDS peanut butter, falling asleep in Science Center Hall B, and fixing typos wherever he can get his hands on them. Spencer is an avid hiker and paddleboarder, having fallen in love with the outdoors when he began college. He’s also a Scorpio. Make of that what you will.
|Jonas LaPier – Tech Chair – [email protected]|
Jonas will tell you he is from Washington. You will make some vacuous comment about rain and clouds in Washington to which Jonas will get mad and tell you “Washington is not wet!” There are only 17 inches of mean annual precipitation in Spokane while the national average is 38 inches. When at home, he loves to enjoy the dry sunny weather by tearing up the trails on his two-wheeled steed. When in dreary New England, and without his bike, he enjoys moseying through the mountains in New Hampshire with his friends. Jonas would also like to publicly take credit for bringing the phrase “full send” to the Outing Club.
|Sam Woolf – Trip Guru – [email protected]|
Sam Woolf, also known as “Hungry Like The” Woolf by her middle school gym teacher (for her excessive aggression during floor hockey), is now trying to live up to the name through the interesting snacks she brings on Outing Club hikes. These include, but are not limited to: instant sticky rice, dark chocolate ganache hearts, and goat cheese crumbles. Her favorite trail snack though, is the “immensely fruity, intensely chewy” Hi-Chew. Not only is the candy a nod to her Japanese heritage, but the altitude pun hits different on the summit.
|Aurelia Balkanski – Gear Manager – [email protected]|
Aurelia hails from the small town of Woodside, California. For anyone in the know, that’s only a hop, skip, and a 14 mile hike from Silicon Valley! Naturally, her techy upbringing lead her to want to get as far from cell service as possible, so she spends her summers and winters in Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, climbing mountains to witness all the sunsets that Apple can’t capture.
Now, on campus, Aurelia is a proud supporter of year-round crocs with the occasional corresponding Christmas socks. Aurelia can be seen studying anywhere there is green grass, or on the 10th floor of Smith because that is the closest thing to a mountain in Cambridge. Go on a hike with her and she will stop for snack breaks every hour and sing 2000s throwback songs until she loses her voice and physically cannot sing any longer. Aurelia is happiest when she’s on a snowboard, under a blanket of stars, or wearing her crocs.
|Matt Kung – Gear Manager – [email protected]|
While some people go outside to aPpReCiAtE nAtUrE or to cOnNecT wItH tHeIr iNnEr sElF, Matt hikes solely for the purpose of taking pictures of himself with bags of chips. His favorite pastimes include peeing off cliffs, memorizing mountain elevations, and wearing bowls on his head. He plans to write his thesis on the strong negative correlation between a runner’s athletic ability and the length of their shorts. Some criticize him for having no personality other than his unrequited romance with Frito Lay North America, Inc. He has no rebuttal against this statement but you should still come on his hikes.
|Henrietta Reily – Treasurer – [email protected] |
Henrietta grew up in the steep hills of Kentucky and likes to go outside even when everyone else is inside and no one will join her. She also likes going outside with others, forest dynamics, her dogs and the Harvard Outing Club. She dislikes wet socks, sweet coffee, people who whine and light pollution, but if any of them come on her trips she’ll be very nice to them!
|Jordan Kruguer – Events Coordinator – [email protected]|
Jordan was raised in the beauty of the white mountains and lakes region of western Maine. A descendent of six generations of Maine Potato farmers, he’s learned the value of living well with nature and the value of a good spud. When he’s not wearing his bean boots, he’s sure to be in his bean mocks always paired with a fine flannel and big sweaters. In addition to his love of hiking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and general mountain lake shenanigans, he enjoys making cool things that ideally help people and don’t hurt the environment. His major goals in life are to own a hundred-acre plot of land in Maine and to be the proud owner of a Newfoundland, a Golden Retriever, and a Bernese Mountain Dog (The bestest boyes, in the greatest state).
|Justin Kaashoek – Social Chair – [email protected]|
Justin was born and raised in the historical town of Lexington, Massachusetts. He is happiest in the outdoors, whether that is on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, hiking in New Hampshire with his family, or playing soccer (when he’s not injured at least). At Harvard, Justin can be found working on Applied Math or Computer Science psets in Pfoho, wondering why he didn’t choose a concentration that would let him be outside more. His other interests include biking (safely), listening to Mo Bamba, and sleeping, so don’t count on him past 11 pm.
|Nathan Oalican – |
Nathan Oalican was born on the streets of Roslindale in Boston, Massachusetts. Born into a family of non-hikers (egad!), Nathan found his calling for the outdoors in gallavants throughout Boston with the self-proclaimed Rozzie Rats of Roslindale. From these humble beginnings, one may say, there was nowhere to go but up. And up he has gone, from Mount Washington in New Hampshire to Mount Whitney in California. When not hiking, you can find Nathan studying plant biology, thinking about landscape history, or signing a supermax deal with the Boston Celtics.
|Mikel Davies – |
Growing up in the Sawtooth wilderness of central Idaho, Mikel Davies has always enjoyed being outside. Although his family were quaint car-campers, he quickly discovered the wonders of hiking with friends and future lovers alike – he met his now girlfriend at summer camp in the mountains years ago. Studying bioengineering and remembering funny things from high school are some of his favorite things alongside teaching CS50 and lounging in the Adams DHall.
|Allegra Colman – [email protected]|
Adrenaline junkie by nature, alpine skier by choice, Allegra “Legs” is still getting used to this whole ‘uphill’ phenomenon. You’ll never catch her without a hefty supply of emergency baking soda, endless knee-length socks and a plethora of hair-brained schemes for her next intra-continental adventure. When in Cambridge, Allegra studies History and Literature and enjoys espousing the wonders of HOC to anyone that will listen.
|Clarke Patrone – |
Clarke’s formative outdoor experiences included riding waves on the Jersey Shore, catching Lyme disease in the woods of Connecticut, and tracking the elusive Louisiana Skunk Ape in the bayous of Acadiana. When on campus, Clarke enjoys hitting dingers for the club baseball team and spending time with his pet zebrafish in the biolabs. Clarke is always down to cook up some stromboli, rev up the Dodge Challenger, and race out to the White Mountains for some hiking.
|Alana Carroll –|
Alana hails from upstate NY, where she spent many years smearing herself (and her siblings!!) with mud and running wild through creek, marsh, and forest. Every summer she returns to her hometown summer camp to teach kids essential survival skills such as starting fires with friction, which mud pits are best, how to catch trout with your bare hands, and how to properly abandon one’s civility. In addition to infecting HOC with these essential skills, she competes as a pole vaulter on the Varsity Track and Field team and studies Organismic Evolutionary Biology (OEB/IB), with a focus on animal behavior.
|Megan Curry – |
Megan is technically a SoCal native, but since moving to Colorado for high school, she’s morphed into your stereotypical (Kind) granola hiker. Against the backdrop of Mt. Blanca, a 14er in the middle of nowhere Colorado, she fell in love with hiking and trail running. Today, you can find her hiking around Boulder or begging her friends and family to hike Longs Peak, to which they always decline. When she’s not hiking, you can find her trying to finish course books the class only read two chapters from, learning how to cook, or crocheting scarves.
|Michael Wallace – [email protected] |
Michael was raised in the untamed forests of Wilton, Connecticut, a place with a large population of retirees and some of Connecticut’s hardest mountain biking trails, two things that go together really well. In September 2018, Michael decided to hike all of the 48 tallest mountains in New Hampshire in a single week. The attempt was a failure, covering only 5 hours and 1 peak before Michael packed up and came back to Harvard. Some say he never intended to hike all 48 peaks at all; some say he is a tragic hero who was crippled by circumstance. Michael says he actually did all 48 when you weren’t looking. When he’s not planning a new trip, Michael enjoys going for long runs, getting cannolis from Mike’s Pastries, and marveling at the wonders of public transport.
|Jack Daley – [email protected]|
Jack is from Cambridge, MA, and completed more than seven unassisted through-hikes from campus to home last year. An avid hiker, skier, and angler, he never passes up a chance to escape to the forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, and coasts of New England, except if it interferes with an official HOC On Campus Event. On campus, he studies environmental science and engineering and lives in Kirkland House. In his free time, you can find him fly fishing in the Charles River (he only eats the fish if it’s a survival situation), beating his roommates in pool, and losing to his roommates in ping pong.
|Matthew Li – [email protected]|
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Matthew Li hails from the town of Carlisle, Massachusetts. His love of the outdoors come partly from the fact that trees do not ask him how to spell or pronounce his last name, which comes partly from the fact that trees don’t talk – but they do make a sound upon falling, even if no one hears them. In addition to run on sentences, Matthew enjoys hiking & camping just about anywhere. On campus, Matthew studies some form of life science and some computer science. He also performs stand up comedy.
|Brinkley Brown –|
Brinkley grew up in the great Granite State of “Live Free or Die” New Hampshire. Her house is located exactly an hour and fifteen minutes’ drive from campus, the Atlantic Ocean, and, most importantly, the White Mountains. One of her earliest memories in The Whites is hitching a ride on her dad’s shoulders all 4,328 feet up Mount Flume. When she is not being carried up mountains, you can find Brinkley sitting on the railing of Weeks Bridge watching the sunset, running crazy long distances just for the heck of it, or getting hopelessly lost on any form of public transportation.
|Wildman Schubert Reed – |
His name is Wildman. But if that doesn’t tell you enough about him, here’s a bit more: Wiley was born and raised in a small town called Brooklyn, NY. His outdoor interests range far and wide, from living vicariously through people who have more free time than he does, to being a member at REI. Growing up, he spent almost every weekend fishing and rock climbing on the Long Island Sound. One can only wonder how he rock climbed a body of water… As he got older, he undertook ever-more intense and eclectic outdoor escapades, including a backpacking trip to Hawaii where it rained for 10 days straight. Now he’s afraid of water. On that same trip, lying on his back and looking up at the stars at the top of 14,000-foot Mauna Kea, Wiley understood the meaning of a misplaced modifier, and also decided he wanted to understand the universe. Now he is deep in the throws of a concentration in physics doing just that (and perhaps regretting it a little bit, too). In fact, he was such a big proponent of the outdoors throughout high school that his friends nicknamed him “Tree Boy.” Now he’s a Wildman, and a Tree Boy.
|Nellie Ide – |
Nellie grew up in Minnesota, otherwise known as the state of two seasons: winter is coming, and winter is here. Naturally, she loves to get as much frostbite as possible, so she is on the alpine skiing team (yes, there is a ski team and yes, she knows there are no mountains in Boston). Nellie began her outdoor experience when her family took her on a canoe trip at the tender age of one year old. This led to a childhood full of hiking and canoeing around the Minnesota wilderness, and she looks forward to exploring some real mountains out here in the East!
|Sinead Danagher –|
Sinead has learned to love the outdoor adventures around Boston, despite maintaining an internal chant of “West Coast, Best Coast!” at all times. Hailing from Lake Tahoe, CA, you’ll be hard-pressed to convince her your hometown is better. It was among the soaring granite peaks and crystal blue lakes of her home that Sinead discovered the ultra-fun intersection of adrenaline and nature in activities like skiing, hiking, biking and cliff jumping. When not sneaking off campus to further explore this intersection, you can find Sinead loitering in the Fogg or sprawling somewhere along the banks of the Charles
|Emily Markowitz – |
Emily hails from New York, indisputably home to the best bagels and the best pizza. Growing up with a father who was frequently mistaken for a park ranger, she was introduced at an early age to the great outdoors. Her first time camping included having her tent flooded by torrential downpours, rescuing someone twice her size from drowning, and sadly losing a stylish Croc. Yet, she still decided to go back and luckily future experiences have been less traumatic. Now, Emily enjoys hiking, running, and singing along to song lyrics a little too loudly.
|Micah Yannatos – |
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Micah could often be seen crying profusely as his father carried him up some Cascadian peak. After a relocation to Woodstock, NY, Micah learned to love the small things in life, like the Catskill Mountains. He enjoys confusedly staring at chalkboards, observing knowledge through osmosis, and loudly yelling, “ULTIMATE!” while throwing frisbees into the ground. Micah looks forward to asking you all awkwardly personal questions as you begin a 5 hour hike with nowhere to escape to.
|Morgan Whitten –|
Morgan possesses an uncanny ability to attract mosquitoes; in fact, some believe on one weekend camping trip she donated enough blood to singularly save the mosquito population of Maine from extinction. She has come a long way from her first rendezvous with nature, in which she proclaimed, “I HATE camping! I want to stay in a ho-tel!” Now her fondness of the outdoors rivals her kinship with her own species, which in part drove her to study Environmental Science and Public Policy. A European wannabe, Morgan calls Stuttgart, Germany home (do beer gardens count as the “outdoors”? do nude spas?).
|Kristina Wolinski –|
Kristina grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where her family taught her to compost and then to watch each night as raccoons came to raid the compost bin. On her first ever hiking overnight, she threw up in a composting toilet, and has been hooked ever since – perhaps too hooked, though, because sometimes in the frontcountry she realizes she doesn’t remember when her last shower was. Some of Kristina’s favorite activities include running slowly, writing old-fashioned letters to friends, playing board games, and talking deep into the night. If college doesn’t work out, her plan is to become a full-time nomad.
|Christian Wagner –|
Born into a seafaring Long Island family in the heart of Silicon Valley, Christian spent much of his childhood away from home on his father’s natal shores, hauling up angry bluefish by the bucketful and tossing ‘em on the grill while they were still twitching. Since those early days, he has always maintained that sunrises are best spent at sea, and that “fish don’t have feelings.” It was business as usual as Christian cruised through his pre-teens, until one chilly night in November when he received the Mountain Call. “Come to meeeeee,” said a talking bear named Alfredo. “Yes, Alfredo. I will,” Christian responded, and the rest is history. Christian has since acquired a hankering for mountain biking, skiing, and tossing out the cooking supplies to make room for his mandolin—don’t worry, he usually brings an extra Clif Bar. Although much of Christian’s time is spent singing songs and frolicking in the wilderness, he can on occasion be found studying the kinematics of his hacky sack.
|Luca Muir Hinrichs –|
Luca’s three favorite things are music, chemistry, and the great outdoors. Unfortunately, they have yet to find a way to combine all three. Even before they joined HOC and learned the depth of their love for the outdoors, Luca stanned John Muir to the point of legally changing their own middle name to Muir. They grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, a place where it is tragically difficult to hike, and are very glad to live here where the outdoors is accessible. Luca spends most of their time doing psets, going on long distance runs, and singing loudly in the shower. A hater of fun and lover of pain, Luca is pursuing a joint concentration in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering.
|Jonathan Zhang –|
Jonathan “Juicy J” Zhang’s the name, wacky spaztastic fun’s his game! Born in raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan (aka South Canada), he was exposed to the outdoors from a young age. Never more than a few feet away from food at all times, Juicy J will hound people down to feed them like the mother hen he is. After joining a cult in New Mexico called UWC which touts a mission of “sustainability and peace,” Jonathan used the place as an excuse to partake in a week-long hike through the Grand Canyon, a 14-day trip with no refills through the Pecos Wilderness, and a 3-day orientation trip that he led for his own underclassmen. When he’s not in the wilderness, Jonathan can be found in his dorm in Weld having an existential crisis.
|Gabrielle Schultz –|
Gabrielle Schultz was born and raised in Wolverine, Michigan, population 237 on years when her family remembers to return the census form. Gabrielle’s earliest ~nature memory~ is of the time her mother made her younger sister cry because the latter took a bite of a non-poisonous mushroom. She was raised in the outdoors because there’s nothing else to do in Northern Michigan and consequently enjoys hiking (especially the part where you stop to rest), biking, “running,” swimming, and making s’mores. In between arguing for the merits of pop over soda and ranch over everything, Gabrielle can be found picking the mallows out of dry Marshmallow Mateys and flashing peace signs to people she thinks she recognizes on Mass. Ave.
|Serena Wurmser –|
Just gonnna send it: Serena is from Montclair, NJ, which, despite the inclusion of mont in the name, has a tragic lack of mountains. She has always been fascinated in the night sky, and plans to study astrophysics—or as she likes to call it, spicy space math. Some of her skills include knowing the time using the Big Dipper and making puns about space (although none about the solar system… those are only one star jokes). When not stargazing, she enjoys petting her cats, rock climbing, building robots, and planning outrageous backpacking trips to far away places (they’ll happen one day, she swears…).
|Piroz Bahar – |
Piroz is from a small town in Maryland called Chester, and grew up playing soccer throughout his life. At Harvard, he lives in Dunster, studies physics, captains the Harvard Men’s Club Soccer team, leads FOP, and just enjoy hanging out with friends over absurdly long meals in the dining hall and putting off p-sets to go workout with his teammates. He loves spending time curled up with a book and has fallen in love with the outdoors ever since he started camping more seriously in college.
|Amy Brooke –|
Amy, holder of the most frequent flyer miles in HOC, hails all the way from the sunshine city of Harare, Zimbabwe. She has spent her last two years in the States trying to figure out this business of “the cold”, learning to think in Fahrenheit and miles, and unearthing the true meaning of the word “sauce”. Despite her rocky entry into American culture, her finest achievement at Harvard is that her friends now also use her Zimbabwean slang. As for the outdoors, if you want a silent hike then walk next to someone else. You can guarantee that Amy will provide you with a never-ending stream of trail questions and some quality “bants”. Around campus you can generally find her with a hot cup of tea in hand, listening to her current favorite longhaired and brokenhearted male acoustic guitarist, and probably planning her next big adventure.
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