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Outdoors Club
Instructor: Mr. Bonneau and Mr. Dixon   
 
Welcome to the Winthrop High School Outdoors Club home page! 
This Web page is your source for updates on upcoming WHS Outdoors Club meetings, events, and activities. We will also post photos from our trips and offer helpful and interesting information about all things outdoors. Check in weekly for the latest goings on. See you on the trails!
Announcements
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Overnight Climbing and Camping Trip to Mount Monadnock - September 29-30
If you are interested in climbing Mount Monadnock and camping out at its base, let me know ASAP. Limited space is available and you will need to get a permission slip from me in room 220. We will leave on the morning of Saturday, September 29, and return in the early afternoon of Sunday, September 30. On Saturday, we will arrive at our campsite and set up, then climb Mount Monadnock. Saturday night we will camp out, have dinner, and head out the next morning. If we have rain or snow, the trip will be postponed until the spring. Keep your fingers crossed for clear weather.

We should have enough tents to cover everyone, so don't worry about renting them. Your list of necessary supplies includes:

1. WARM clothing - It will get cold at night in southwest NH, so bring layers to suit the changing tempuratures. For hiking, synthetics such as nylon and polyester are preferable to cotton, as cotton holds wetness (sweat) against your skin. Wool works well, too.
2. hat and gloves
3. waterproof hiking boots - We do NOT recommend sneakers. A rolled or broken ankle is almost assured if you wear sneakers.
4. warm jacket
5. sleeping bag (preferable) or, if you don't have one, blankets
6. a mug, bowl, spoon/fork, and metal pot
7. snacks (beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit, or whatever is easy to pack and good for energy) 
8. WATER BOTTLE - There is potable water at the campground, but you should bring a filled bottle to start.)
9. toilet paper - There are flush toilets on the campground, but it never hurts to be prepared.
10. non-perishable lunch for Saturday
11. flashlight or headlamp
12. wool socks
13. camera (with protective case)
14. $8 for camping fees, plus $15 extra for food/camp supplies (dinner Saturday night, wood, etc.)


I'll send along updates over the next two weeks. This should be awesome!
Rock Climbing Photos Posted!
Check out some photos below from our trip to Gloucester's cliffs. If you took pictures and want to post them to the site, please send them to my e-mail. Thanks to all of you for a great trip!
Trip to Pat's Peak Tomorrow!
We will be traveling to Pat's Peak in Henniker, New Hampshire tomorrow, Saturday, February 11. The final list of attendees is set. It's time to hit the slopes with our skis, snowboards, and snowtubes. Don't forget to dress warmly and bring cash for lift tickets, rentals, lunch and snacks. Also, be sure to bring board games, cards, and/or books for down time in the lodge.

See you tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. Vans will be in the lot behind the school.
REI Classes - Check Out Link at Right
Check out the link on the right side of this Web page for REI's Boston Store's list of classes and events. This is a great place to learn how to use a compass, cook a meal over a fire, steer a sea kayak, or navigate with a GPS. You can take a wilderness first aid course or listen to a Tibetan sherpa or brush up on environmentally conscious camping techniques. A few courses are free, and most charge a fee.
Outdoors Club Trip - Lynn Woods
On Saturday, October 29, the Outdoors Club will travel to Lynn Woods to hike and explore the caves and unique history of the region. Space is limited. RSVP your commitment to Mr. Bell. Updates to follow.
Mount Tom Conquered!
Thank you to everyone who made the trek west last weekend. We summited Mount Tom in Holyoke, braving the rain and wind and coming away with an awesome experience at over 1,200 feet. There were more than a few oohs and ahs as we hiked along the ridge and peaked over the precipice. When the wind blew out and the clouds peeled back, we glimpsed the specks of rooftops and cuts of farmland hundreds of feet below. Pretty awesome. Pictures soon to come.

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming trips.
Slideshows
Discussion Topics
Files
 Fall Day Hike Gear List.doc
A list for day hikes during the fall season.
 WHS Outdoors Club Waiver.doc
All Outdoors Club members must read and sign this waiver (and have your parents read and sign it) before taking part in any of the club's activities.
Contacts
+ Bell, Mr.
Click on name to see details.

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