Every winter the DOC organizes a weekend when students go up to the college’s second grant to ski, dogsled, and share stories far in the wilderness, almost 30 miles from the nearest town. When we arrived, the stars were amazing and the Milky Way was bright. We went for a night ski, and we didn’t even need headlamps that first night. The next morning I set out on a backcountry ski while others dogsledded. The views were beautiful, but the snow was downright scary. There had been a sprinkling of rain and it had turned into a really fragile breakable crust. The good news was that it was sunny and warm and despite the gnarly conditions the tour was fun.
Later that evening we sat with Dartmouth alums and shared storied of the Dartmouth Outing Club and The Grant. A friend told a great and enthralling story about the loggers of the far north. After that I performed fire spinning under the starry northern skies. Not bad for a school weekend.