|Allegra Colman – President- [email protected].harvard.edu –|
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.
|Meaghan Townsend – Vice 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.
|Aidan Crawford – Tech Chair – [email protected] – |
Famous around the HOC community for pubbing the idea of “having your cake and eating it too,” Aidan grew up hiking and skiing around New England. Go hiking with Aidan and you’re liable to hear “Free Solo!!” shouted from somewhere behind you. He also likes to bring his camo crocks out into the backcountry, which are his prized possession. Shameless pub for his photography blog: @bighatdogcat, give it a peep. Great ways to describe Aidan include: “High Protein Special on GFB” (his favorite sandwich), “the big soft” (his favorite saying), and “the poor man’s Cam Maltman.” When not hiking, Aidan rows for Harvard’s Lightweight Crew Team and studies Environmental Engineering.
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|Michael Wallace – Gear Manager – [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.
|Matthew Li – Gear Manager – [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.
|Zoe Goldstein – Trip Guru – [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.
|Jack Daley – On Campus Events Chair – [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.
|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!
|Harrison Miller – Social Chair – [email protected] – |
Harrison Alexander Miller was raised in the wilderness, in a small town named Scarsdale, New York. While wanting to concentrate in being a snake(economics) and eventually work at Goldman Sachs, Harrison finds solace in nature. Some say that it’s because he knows it’s only a matter of time before he has to destroy it to turn a profit. At HOC meetings, Harrison will say, on at least three occasions, that he has hiked all of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000 footers. If you can’t find Harrison procrastinating in Cabot, you’ll spot him whooping gear manager Cam Maltman’s sorry ass at basketball. He enjoys hiking/peak bagging, kayaking, going on long runs to the quad and back, asking people who their favorite Beatle is (George is the right answer), and listening to way much good music.
|Cameron Maltman – |
Cameron hails from rural Canada where he learned, among other things, the call of the moose, how to properly wear a flannel shirt, and the true meaning of the word “eh”. He is known at Harvard as the kid who likes “canoes and stuff”. Cameron dislikes weekends not spent outside, sitting still, and getting less than 7 hours of sleep. He enjoys hiking, white-water canoeing, weekends spent in a tent and building stuff (some would call it engineering). His love for the outing club is only matched by his love for maple syrup and HUDS stuffed chicken.
|Molly Leavens – |
Molly is studying environmental science and public policy with a focus in food systems. She enjoys ALL sports, cooking, playing guitar, making art, and making people uncomfortable. Additionally, she loves to make chocolate pudding in large camping pots for Will Li. She is currently in a long-distance relationship with her cat and dreams at night about a peanut butter/nutella/marshmallow fluff/cookie butter ice cream flavor. She resides from Utah, currently lives in the CoOp, and loves HOC more than a hawk likes mice.
|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!
|Lars Hornburg – |
Lars was raised in the beauty of northern Michigan and grew up working in the vineyards of Traverse City. He was shaped by the the scenic landscape much like the fine Chardonnay wines he worked to create, and while some say his smile is equally sweet and intoxicating, his personality has a complexity more akin to a Cardboardeaux. In addition to his love of hiking, he enjoys racing as a member of Harvard’s Alpine Ski Team, and watercolor painting. He has few accomplishments in life but hopes to limit his negative impact on society by concentrating in environmental science and public policy. Despite his general lack of achievement, he is a very proud owner of possibly the largest collection of Patagonia fleeces in the contiguous US.
|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?).
|David Lu – |
David was raised in Houston, Texas and therefore owns a single, lone pair of long pants. He can be found hiking and rafting in Big Bend National Park, or exploring restaurants all over Houston. He enjoys eating barbeque, eating Tex-mex, and eating sushi, so basically he just likes eating food in general. His other hobbies include running, playing squash, and meditating.
|Sophie Pesek – |
Sophie “Stilts” Pesek is easy to spot at a distance because of her height and tendency to only wear clothing with animals on it. She grew up in Cambridge before being sent off to boarding school in New Hampshire, where she survived by spending all of her time in the woods. Now that she’s back in Cambridge, she tries to return to the NH wilderness whenever she can. When she’s not studying Environmental Engineering or walking to and from Pfoho, she loves to spend time sailing, skiing, and listening to sci-fi books as she runs.
|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.
|Justin Kaashoek –|
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.
|Jeyna Doshi – |
Jeyna grew up in the oldest town in Connecticut, known for its small town feel and numerous tobacco farms (which make for a great summer job!). As a youngling, she disliked most things that had to do with nature, much to her mother’s disappointment. Nowadays the tides have turned, and she dislikes anything that keeps her inside. She begins having ski dreams around the beginning of July (this year it was June) and waits another agonizing five months (or more) for the snow to come. During the other three seasons of the year, she enjoys hiking anywhere she can to satisfy her hunger for the mountains. When not biking to-and-from her wonderful home in Cabot, Jeyna can be found playing soccer, practicing yoga, gazing at the stars (without ever remembering what she’s looking at), or baking treats to satisfy her sweet tooth.
|Ella Frigyik –|
Perhaps the only person in the world to consistently eat handfuls of salt mid-race, Ella grew up running around in the rolling green hills and tea plantations in between Nairobi and Kiambu, Kenya. Having never experienced winter until college, she’s eagerly launching herself into every snow-filled opportunity she can find. Ella and her roommates have an ongoing contest to see who can go the most days without falling. She is perpetually in last place. But bruised knees make for good stories, and Ella lives for good stories. You can find Ella making poor running decisions in the greater Cambridge area or loudly championing the wonders of the arachnid world over a bowl of spicy chickpeas.
|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.
|Kira Telgen –|
Kira grew up on a tiny island off the gulf coast of Florida without a single mountain (or hill) in sight but somehow still managed to get passionate about climbing big things. She spends the majority of her semesters loitering around Cabot dining hall and her summers commercially salmon fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska. You can usually find her with a coke zero in hand professing the merits of platform tevas or planning yet another cross country road trip.
|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.
|Jordan Kruguer –|
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).
|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.
|Aurelia Balkanski –|
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.
|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.
|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.
|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…).