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Activities Hiking and trailwork

Cabin and Trail is one of the subclubs of the Dartmouth Outing Club, and is responsible for hiking and trailwork trips throughout New England as well as cabin maintenance. Members of Cabin and Trail are known as chubbers, and students seeking to become Cabin and Trail leaders are called heelers.


Schlitz Funding

Past Trips

Cabin and Trail Adventure Fund

Past Trips



Day and Weekend Trips

Hike difficulty ratings:

  • 1 = very easy
  • 3 = easy
  • 5 = moderate
  • 8 = the most strenuous that most CnT trips can expect to complete in one day
  • 10 = extremely strenuous

* Designates hikes that are termed non-wilderness within Cabin and Trail ascensions rules. Mt. Cardigan in the winter is considered a wilderness hike.

Trip name Hike (miles) Difficulty Book Time Drive 1-way (miles) Drive(time) Region
Velvet Rocks* 5 2 2:54 0 0 Hanover
Balch Hill* 3 1 1:40 0 0 Hanover
Sayre Peak* 5 2 2:45 44 1:05 Moosilauke
Holt's Ledge* 4 3 2:35 11 0:25 Hanover
Gile Mountain* 1.4 1 0:50 9 0:20 Hanover
Pinnacle* 2.5 2 1:25 15 0:25 Hanover
Moose Mountain* 4 2 2:40 7.5 0:20 Hanover
Mt. Cardigan* 4 3 2:25 23 0:45 Hanover
Mt. Piermont* 4.4 3 2:35 35 0:50 Hanover
Mt. Ascutney 7 4 4:30 27 0:30 Hanover
Mt. Kearsarge* 3 3 1:50 38 0:40 Southern NH
Mt. Hunger* 4 3 2:40 43 0:55 Green Mountains
Mt. Hale 5 4 3:30 90 1:35 Twin Range
Smarts Mountain 7 4 4:40 15 0:30 Hanover
Mt. Cube 7 4 4:15 28 0:35 Hanover
Camel's Hump 7 5 5:00 89 1:40 Green Mountains
Mt. Moriah 9 5 5:45 115 2:00 Carter-Moriah Range
Mt. Moosilauke 7 5 4:40 41-44 0:55-1:05 Moosilauke
The Kinsmans 12 6 7:30 65 1:25 Franconia
Lafayette & Lincoln 9 6 6:30 65 or 88 1:25 Franconia
Liberty & Flume 10 6 6:30 62 or 90 1:25 Franconia
Mt. Chocorua 8 4 5:15 87 2:05 Sandwich Range
Mt. Osceola 8 6 5:30 67 1:30 Sandwich Range
Mt. Mansfield 9 6 5:45 88 1:35 Green Mountains
Mt. Adams 9 8 6:45 105 1:50 Presidential Range
Mt. Madison 8 8 6:10 105 1:50 Presidential Range
Mt. Eisenhower 9 6 6:00 96 1:40 Presidential Range
Carter Dome 10 7 6:40 120 2:10 Carter-Moriah Range
Mt. Washington 8-15 8 7:15 85-110 1:40-2:10 Presidential Range
Old Speck 8 6 5:20 152 2:45 Mahoosuc Range
Oak Hill* 1 1 0:40 2 0:05 Hanover
Mts. Killington and Pico 12 5 7:30 39 1:00 Green Mountains
Morris Cave 1 3  ? 72 1:35 Rutland, VT
Tripyramids 11 7 7:00 77 1:45 Sandwich Range
Willey-Tom-Field 11 6 6:50 96 1:40 Willey Range
Mt. Jefferson 5 8 4:20 103 2:00 Presidential Range
Mt. Pierce 6.5 5 4:45 96 1:40 Presidential Range
Mt. Jackson 5.5 5 4:15 96 1:40 Presidential Range
Mt. Monroe 7 6 5:15 98 1:50 Presidential Range
Wildcat Mountain 8.5 8 5:45 125 2:15 Carter-Moriah Range
Mt. Isolation 12 7 8:15 125 2:15 Presidential Range
Owl's Head 18 7 10:15 63 1:25 Pemigewasset Wilderness
Twins 9 7 6:15 93 1:35 Twin Range
Mt. Garfield 10 6 6:30 88 1:25 Pemigewasset Wilderness
Bonds 19-23 7 12:45 63 1:25 Twin Range
Mt. Tecumseh 5 4 3:25 67 1:25 Sandwich Range
Hancocks 10 5 6:10 68 1:35 Pemigewasset Wilderness
Whiteface and Passaconaway 11.5 6 7:00 79 1:55 Sandwich Range
Mt. Waumbek 7 5 4:40 93 1:40 Northern Range
Mt. Cabot 9 5 5:45 113 2:05 Northern Range
Mt. Carrigain 10 6 6:30 109 1:55 Pemigewasset Wilderness
Zealand Mountain 11 5 6:40 90 1:35 Twin Range
Cannon Mountain 4 5 3:15 88 1:25 Franconia
Galehead Mountain 10 5 6:10 89 1:25 Twin Range
Carters 12.5 6 8:00 118 2:05 Carter-Moriah Range
Carter Traverse 18.5 9 13:00 115 2:00 Carter-Moriah Range
Van Buren Traverse 14 7 9:00 96 1:40 Presidential Range
Pemi Loop 32-40 10 20:30 - 26:00 62 or 90 1:25 Pemigewasset Wilderness
Presidential Traverse 22.5 9 16:00 105 1:50 Presidential Range
The Fifty 54 10 33:00 0 0 Hanover

Extended Trips

Trip Location Time (days) Distance (Miles) Difficulty Transportation Ideal time of Year Trip Reports
Grand Canyon* 7 110 5 Airplane Winter/Spring XXX


Name Distance from Hanover Capacity Features
Class of '66 Lodge 8 miles 49 people Enormous.
Nunnemacher Cabin 10 miles 20 people Gas stove, two wood stoves. Located near Holt's Ledge and the Dartmouth Skiway.
Hinman Cabin 17 miles 9 people Gas stove, gas lighting, wood stove. Located on a lake (canoes available at cabin).
Armington Cabin 33 miles 9 people Two wood stoves. Located on a lake (canoes available at cabin).
Great Bear Cabin 42 miles 8 people One wood stove. Located at the base of Mt. Moosilauke.
John Rand Cabin 46 miles 8 people One wood stove. Located near Mt. Moosilauke and the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.
Ritchie Smith Cabin 58 miles 8 people Gas stove, wood stove, gas lights. Located near Mt. Moosilauke and the White Mountains.
Billings Lodge 98 miles 10 people Electric lights, heaters, flush toilet. Located at the base of Mt. Madison.

DOC cabins in the Grant

Name Distance from Hanover Capacity Features
Peaks Cabin 138 miles 12 people Gas stove, gas lighting, wood stove. Located by the Dead and Swift Diamond Rivers.
Alder Brook Cabin 140 miles 6 people Gas stove, gas lighting, wood stove.
Stoddard Cabin 143 miles 10 people Gas stove, gas lighting, wood stove. Located near Monahan's Bathtub (a most excellent swimming spot).


  • For advice on local diners to visit, check out the Dinertoure page.



Cabin and Trail has a number of additional leadership positions.

  • The Chairs of Cabin and Trail oversee weekly trips, gathering, and club operations. Currently: Eliza Rockefeller '17 and Katie Yu '16 (Spring 2015)
  • The Cabins Chair position works as a liaison between the club and the cabins. They book cabins for the club for the term, ensure that visitors use the Cabins Checklist, and orient CnT trips that are going to cabins to see if anything needs to be fixed or improved. Currently: Kassie Aman '16 (Spring 2015)
  • Because of the nature of The Class of 1966 Lodge, there is a paid Cabins Assistant who makes weekly visits to this facility and monitors big rentals. Currently: David Polashenski '17 (Spring 2015)
  • The Trails Chair is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of the DOC's trails and shelters, including 50 miles of trail on Moosilauke and 75 Miles of Appalachian Trail. Currently: Greg Partridge '16 and Shane Weisberg '16 (Spring 2015)
  • The Heeler Chair is responsible for training and recruiting new CnT Leaders. Currently: Mac Murphy '15 and Spencer Chu '16 (Spring 2015)
  • The Feeds and Fun Chair is responsible for organizing Main Event at meetings every Monday night and the feed at the Rock at 7:00pm every Wednesday. Currently: Nick Thyr '17 (feeds) and Sam Parker '15 (fun) (Spring 2015)
  • The member at large is in charge of keeping it real for the directorate. Currently: Rory Gawler '05 (Spring 2015)

A heeler is someone who wants to become a Cabin and Trail leader, so-named because they "follow on the heels" of the leaders.

We're excited that you're interested in leading trips with us! If you have any questions, or would like to meet up to chat about the leadership process or anything else, blitz the CnT account (cabin.and.trail(at) or the current Heeler Chairs, Eliza Rockefeller '17 and Jalen Benson '17.

Also, you should get on the Heeler blitz list! Simply blitz the Heeler Chairs, and we'll add you.

Leader Requirements

For the most up-to-date forms and checklists outlining the CnT leadership and certification process, please see the following four links: Official CnT Leader Requirements, Leader Checklist, Trip Feedback Form.

If you plan well, the leader requirements can be completed in a term or two. However, most of the leaders in CnT take more than a year to complete the requirements. There is no rush; it is better to take more time and develop your skills. Any one can begin the leader requirements at any point, including the co-leads. Freshmen are encouraged to start soon if they feel comfortable with it! The first time you can ascend is your freshman spring.

In order to become a leader in Cabin and Trail you must have completed the following minimum requirements while demonstrating both logistical competence and leadership ability. For the privileges granted a leader, see the end of this section.


  1. Wilderness First Aid Certification, or higher. Current certification is required of all DOC leaders. The Outdoor Programs Office runs a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course through the PE department. There is a subsidy for current heelers and leaders, please contact us for further information. There are funds in the DOC available to help you if you wish to attain even higher certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT.
  2. Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment. The DOC offers free Group Dynamics and Risk Assessment classes, usually once or twice a term. Each consists of a single session a couple hours long. Blitz the Heeler chairs for information regarding the dates for the current term. The Risk Management and Group Dynamics sessions for DOC Trips leader training do not count towards these DOC leader requirements since there is a special support system set up for Trips leaders that is not present during the rest of the year.
  3. One night in a DOC cabin. DOC cabins, and their maintenance, are part of Cabin and Trail's responsibilities and are an important part of the club. Thus, all aspiring leaders must spend at least one night in a DOC cabin (whether as part of a trip, or as a co-leader on a trip).
  4. Take part in a full day of trailwork or cabin-work on a DOC-maintained trail or cabin. The DOC is responsible for some 75 miles of Appalachian Trail, as well as various other trails, and 10 cabins. The majority of CnT leaders arrive with little or no prior trailwork or cabin-work experience. The required full day of trailwork or cabin-work serves to expose such individuals to this important aspect of Cabin and Trail.


All heelers must complete at least three co-leads, of these trips, two must be full day (“wilderness”) trips, and one must be an overnight. The overnight can be combined with another trip. For one of these trips, the heeler must do all of the logistical work (blitzing trippees, reserving a vehicle, buying food, etc.). For each of their co-leads, the heeler must post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the CnT trips directory section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the Trailwork wiki.

How? First, find a leader to co-lead with you. You can get a list of current leaders either by blitzing CnT or the Heeler Chair. Also, we have trip planning meetings at 9:30 PM on Monday nights in 110 Robo that are open to anyone who might want to co-lead a trip. You just need to show up and suggest a trip - or you can ask to co-lead a trip some other leader wants to do. Leaders are always happy to have Heelers co-lead trips with them! For info on how to make the trip happen, check out Trip Leading Procedures.


The Ascensions meeting will be held at the end of every term and/or during the term is there is interest. A heeler who has met the above requirements can attend the meeting. After the meeting, if the majority of CnT Leaders present vote in favor, then the heeler ascends (i.e. becomes a leader).


Lead at least one trip and/or organize at least one event per term, only lead trips which are within your experience and comfort level as a leader, attend weekly meetings as often as possible, and attend termly meetings (e.g. leader retreats, ascensions meetings).


Cabin and trail leaders can lead trips. These trips do not include hiking trips that go above the treeline or winter hiking trips--to lead these trips, you must get additional certifications (see below). They also get to participate in the Ascensions ceremony, get access to the CnT blitz account, and can rent DOC cabins for free. Plus, leaders get a sweet patch!

Cabin and Trail certifications

Cabin and Trail offers a certification that allows Cabin and Trail leaders to lead a greater variety of trips, including above-treeline trips winter trips and multi-day winter trips. Heelers can get this certification at the same time that they become a CnT leader, or at any point after ascending.

Winter Certification


  1. Must already have Wilderness certification.
  2. Complete an overnight, hands-on winter skills course taught by a qualified member of OPO. This course will include a night spent at elevation in winter conditions, discussion of managing cold and frostbite/hypothermia, and hands-on training in ice-axe use, self-arrest, assessing avalanche danger, and emergency snow shelter building. There is usually at least one winter skills course every winter term.


A Certification meeting will be held whenever there is a demand. Leaders that have completed the above requirements may attend this meeting. To receive the certification, they must receive approval of the majority of Winter-certified leaders present at meeting.


Winter-certified leaders may lead any trip, including multi-day winter trips and above-treeline winter trips.

Special notes on the leadership process

  • Commitment: While no formal demonstration of commitment (to Cabin and Trail) requirement exists, an aspiring leader should be familiar with the leaders, membership, and activities of the club. In the past, a minimum of two terms prior involvement has been considered requisite. It is recommended that this practice be continued, as the period affords ample exposure to the full breadth of the club's offerings. In the case of certain highly qualified individuals whose previous familiarity with CnT borders involvement (e.g. leaders of other DOC clubs, and especially Winter Sports), it may prove desirable to waive this expectation.
  • Petitioning: Any of the above leader requirements may be waived by successful petition to Cabin and Trail Council and subsequent approval of the waiver by the club advisor (Outdoor Programs Office). This clause is intended to grant qualified candidates flexibility (through substitution or waiver) in satisfying the above requirements given unforeseen or adverse circumstances. In particular, this clause should not be interpreted as an escape clause through which the above requirements are to be circumvented.
  • Additionally, any heeler may submit a written petition to Council requesting immediate review of his or her qualifications for ascension, either because he or she feels the review of such materials is being blocked, or because he or she disagrees with the decision rendered upon a previous such review, or for some other stated reason. Such a review is to be granted in a timely manner, and a copy of its outcome and justifications transmitted to the candidate thereafter. Mediation of such a review by the club advisor may also be requested.
How to co-lead a trip ==

The most important part of becoming a leader is to co-lead Cabin and Trail trips.

After co-leading, don't forget to fill out the heeler feedback form (your co-leader will send you a copy)! These forms are an essential part of becoming a Cabin and Trail leader. Additionally, after co-leading, you should post a trip report blurb (general info, tips, points of interest) on the Cabin and Trail wiki in the CnT trips directory section. If the trip was on CnT-maintained trails, the heeler should also post a trailwork blurb on the Trailwork wiki.


Heelers are usually assigned mentors to help them in the process of becoming a leader. A Heeler mentor is a current Cabin and Trail leader that you can use as a resource. Typically, your mentor goes on at least one co-lead with you before you ascend. If you don't have a mentor, fill out the Mentor Request Form, and blitz it to the Heeler Chairs!

Policies and Procedures

Trip Planning/Advertising

  • Figure out exactly where you're going, what trails, driving directions, where you're sleeping, etc.
  • Decide on a price - charge people as much as you would like to spend on food. Here's how much typical meals should cost (but feel free to spend more, as long as you charge more): breakfast - $3; lunch - $3; dinner - $4; snack - $2. If your trip involves driving, the price should be $2 higher for non-DOC members.
  • Make a sign for the trip and announce the trip at the Cnt meeting. This sign should include trip cost, duration, and description.
  • Get people to go on the trip (blitz friends, etc)
  • After the meeting, write a "blurb" (trip description like what's on the "This Week" blitz) and blitz it to the Cnt account.

Pre-trip Logistics

  • Blitz the people who wrote their names on your sign-up sheet; include some more info about the trip, and tell them to blitz you their DASH numbers if they want to sign up
    • Check out these example blitzes for some suggestions about communicating with your trippees effectively.
  • Blitz DOR/Mike Silverman and tell him what gear you need to rent/when you want to pick it up - including a first aid kit (that you're supposed to bring for every trip!)
  • As soon as possible (preferably on Tuesday), go to Julie Bell's office and fill out a vehicle request form/trippee sign-up list.
  • Before Thursday afternoon (or a day before your trip), blitz Julie Bell the names of your trippees and their DASH numbers. You won't be able to pick up a credit card/vehicle keys until you've done this!
  • Send out a blitz to your finalized trippee list; include a packing list, trip description, and be sure to ask them if they have any dietary restrictions or need you to rent them any gear.
    • Check out these example blitzes for some suggestions about communicating with your trippees effectively.
  • Go to Julie Bell's office and pick up a credit card and/or keys. If one of your trippees hasn't payed yet, you'll need to pay for them and then collect the money from the trippee later.
  • Go food shopping! Don't buy anything your trippee's can't eat...

The Trip!

  • Go get the vehicle (if it's out at Dewey) 20 minutes or so before the trip is supposed to meet. Check to make sure your vehicle is in working condition (functional brakes, tires are good, etc) and has enough gas.
  • Meet your trippees at the specified time behind Robo. Know that people will probably be late or doing last minute prep grabbing food, checking blitz etc, so budget some fudge time between meeting up and actually leaving.
  • Get people's names, do name games/intros, make sure all the people on the trip sheet are present, crossing off any crumpers.
  • Put the pink trips sheet in the box in Robo basement with any last minute corrections.
  • Explain the game plan to the group so that everyone knows what to expect: where you're going, how long the drive is, what the hike/activity will be like, when they can expect to be back, etc
  • Relatedly, ensure that everyone has appropriate expectations for the trip. Remember, the purpose of the trip is to have fun and be safe, not necessarily to reach a particular goal.
  • Before you begin the trip, discuss the inherent risks as a group. Be sure to note all the important things participants need to do to minimize their risk and maximize fun.
  • Make sure everyone has appropriate gear and an understanding of the demands of the trip.
  • Go on your trip! Have fun! You're awesome!
  • Come back, drop off gear at DOR, make sure the vehicle is at least 1/2 tank full of gas. Say goodbye to trippees.


  • Blitz your trippees telling them what a great time you had and send out any sweet pictures you took! Recruit them to help you plan more trips and get more involved with Cnt.
  • If there were any issues on the trip, discuss them with Rory or the chairs.
  • Update the wiki with all the useful information you discovered about your trip!

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