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Special Features: Natural, Vista
Walking Conditions: Trail
Bring: Binoculars, Boots
An uphill climb through a forest over mossy rocks.
This Quest hikes up to the Velvet Rocks Shelter of the Appalachian Trail. This section of the trail is maintained by our partner, the Dartmouth Outing Club. The DOC was formed in 1909 to “stimulate interest in out-of-door winter sports,” and quickly grew to encompass the College’s year-round out-of-doors recreation. Today the club has over 1,500 student members (about a quarter of the College’s student population), and about as many non-student members, making it (to our knowledge) the largest collegiate outing club in the nation (as well as the first). The DOC organizes trips in the out-of-doors, provides outdoor leader and medical/safety education, and maintains over seventy miles of the Appalachian Trail. For more information: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~doc/.