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Hamilton Outing Club

HOC Leaders

Leader Requirements

HOC members who are interested in becoming a HOC leader must attend a weekend leader training session and Wilderness First Aid training.  Skills weekend is open to all HOC members and will focus on the technical skills necessary in the backcountry (tents, stoves, leave no trace, etc.).  The leader overnight is open to HOC members who are committed to becoming a HOC leader.  Leader training will provide an opportunity to learn and practice skills needed to lead day and overnight trips for the club.  A Wilderness First Aid class will be offered during the fall semester.  Leader training and WFA are advertised on the outing club listserv.

The HOC leader training will cover the following topics:

  • Trip logistics
  • Packing a pack
  • Leave No Trace
  • Clothing and gear
  • Stoves and cooking
  • Water Treatment
  • Tents and tarps
  • Lightning safety
  • Bear safety
  • Navigation
  • Leadership skills
  • And more!

Leader Privileges

HOC leaders can lead trips funded by the Outing Club, order food, use the HOC van, and get reimbursed for gas.  Leaders are encouraged to participate in HOC technical skills development.  An anchor clinic seminar will be offered as we start top rope trips to Little Falls.  In the winter, weekly trips are taken to Toggenburg Mountain for telemark skiing classes.  Weekly trips to the West Canada River will occur during the fall semester for a swift water paddling seminar.