ABOUT TMC

The Tufts Mountain Club’s (TMC) motto is “Go Outside”. More specifically, we connect members of the Tufts community with resources, knowledge, and friends to explore the outdoors. We welcome seasoned adventurers, first-time hikers, and everything in between.

TMC is one of the largest student organizations on campus. Founded in 1939, the organization is also one of the oldest on campus. We carry on many traditions from year to year, but also look for opportunities to offer new experiences to members.

TMC hosts events and trips locally and at our Loj in New Hampshire. Trips and events are publicized on our activities page. Club members can attend as many or as few events as they wish—there’s no minimum amount of participation to be part of TMC!

Trips are generally divided into five technical programs: hiking, climbing, aqua, skiing, and biking. The TMC board includes directors for each program, who ensure that skill sessions and trips are offered at a variety of levels over the course of the year. We also have a stewardship program, in which TMC gives back to the communities we are a part of through outdoor activities.

TMC members benefit from use of our many resources, including the Loj, the TMC office (Chet), two cars, and three roomfuls of gear.

Just about everything you need to connect with TMC is here on this website! See our FAQ to learn more about TMC resources and how to be involved and check out the activities page for the latest trips and events. If you want to learn more about our technical programs, our programs page has info on each one.

Ready to be a member? You can sign up for or renew membership on your profile page. Just click the membership tab to get started.

OUR SPACES

Chet

The TMC office (“Chet”) is our home on campus, as well as the place where all of TMC’s gear is stored. It is located at 17 Chetwynd Rd, right near Fletcher Field. All board members hold office hours at Chet throughout the week. You can also find hangouts, study sessions, and movie nights in Chet, so check the activities page to see what’s happening!

Loj

The Loj is TMC’s off campus base for trips, located in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, just 2 hours away from Tufts. It’s fully stocked with food, friends, board games, bunks, and everything you need to have a safe and fun time in the White Mountains! Almost every weekend during the school year we have two caretakers running the Loj, so people can enjoy the outdoors.

FAQ

How can I become a TMC member?

Note: Anyone with a previous TMC account needs to make a new account through our new website.

To become a member you must first create a website account and then purchase a membership from the TMC Store.

At this time only Tufts undergraduates can become full members; however, both graduate students and Alumni can still sign up for the weekly newsletter and go to the Loj by contacting our wonderful Loj director!

How to become a member:

  1. Click the Log In button that appears in the top right corner of each page.
  2. Create an account by typing in your first name, last name, Tufts email, and password, even if you had an account on the old TMC website.
  3. Visit the Tufts Mountain Club store on Touchnet
  4. Find the Membership Fee item
  5. Select add to cart
  6. Fill in your graduation year
  7. Checkout (as a guest or you can create an account) with your Tufts email!
  8. Your TMC membership will be activated after you have paid the membership fee on the TouchNet website. If you are having trouble using your account, contact the following email: tuftsmountainclub.contact@gmail.com
Do I have to be a current student to join?
Yes, due to recent changes only current Tufts undergraduates can become fully-fledged members. However, both graduate students and alumni can still go to the Loj by contacting the loj director!
 
Alumni can caretake if they are caretaker certified. You can get caretaker certified by attending caretaker certification trainings, or by contacting the Loj Director to set up a time.
Where can I find TMC on Campus?

The TMC office is located at 17 Chetwynd Rd, right near Fletcher Field. TMC gear is located at the office (often referred to as Chet). All board members hold office hours at Chet throughout the week. There are often movie nights and other hangouts going on there too, so be sure to check out the Trips Board for those.

What/when are office hours?

You can find info about office hours by scrolling down below!

Does TMC have a code of conduct?

Yes, you can view the code of conduct here.

I didn't do TWO (Tufts Wilderness Orientation), can I still be involved?

Of course you can! TWO is a pre-orientation program that is not affiliated with TMC. TMC is a student club, active year round.

What gear can I rent?

Check out the gear inventory to see what we have and what’s currently available. For specific questions, reach out to our gear director!

Does TMC get pro deals?

Yes! Orders only happen every once in a while and they will be announced via the weekly or some other form of communication.

How do I become a member?

Note: Anyone with a previous TMC account needs to make a new account through our new website.

To become a member you must first create a website account and then purchase a membership from the TMC Store.

How to become a member:

  1. Click the Log In button that appears in the top right corner of each page.
  2. Create an account by typing in your first name, last name, Tufts email, and password, even if you had an account on the old TMC website.
  3. Visit the Tufts Mountain Club store on Touchnet
  4. Find the Membership Fee item
  5. Select add to cart
  6. Fill in your graduation year
  7. Checkout (as a guest or you can create an account) with your Tufts email!
  8. Your TMC membership will be activated after you have paid the membership fee on the TouchNet website. If you are having trouble using your account, contact the following email: tuftsmountainclub.contact@gmail.com
What are some membership perks?

With a membership, you can sign up for and lead trips, use the TMC vans, get free gear rentals, discounts to climbing gym & outdoor gear shops, and stay at the Loj at a reduced rate.

How much does membership cost?

Membership lasts for 1 school year, starting in September and ending in the following September. It costs $25 for new members and $20 for returning members.

Additionally, you can become a member during the spring semester without having to pay for the full year. It costs $15 for new members and $10 for returning members.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Please contact the Treasurer for all financial aid needs.

Do I have to be a Tufts undergraduate to be a member?

Unfortunately yes, we can currently only allow Tufts undergraduates to become fully-fledged members. However, both graduate students and alumni can still travel to the loj by contacting our Loj Director.

I don't have any experience in the outdoors, can I still be involved?
Yes! Many trips require no prior experience. Many TMC students have minimal outdoor experience before coming to Tufts.
How do I go on a trip?

First, become a member (see membership FAQ tab). Then, sign up for a trip on the Trips Board!

I don't have time to go to the Loj, how do I get involved?

TMC runs lots of local trips including hiking, climbing, running, and biking. Besides those activities, we also have community-building events including movie nights, baking, sledding on Prez Lawn, and star-gazing.

How can I lead a trip?

Any TMC member with required technical certifications can post and lead a trip.

To post a trip, log into your account and navigate to the Trips Board. Then click "Add a New Trip" and fill out the trips form. TMC will review your trip request and approve, suggest edits, or reject the trip. We always provide a reason for trip rejection.

Not ready to lead a trip on your own? Consider co-leading a trip with a fellow club member.

What are technical certifications, and how do I become certified?

In order to make TMC trips be as safe and enjoyable for everyone, we require certain trips to have trip leaders with technical certifications. Any hiking, climbing, aqua, skiing, and biking trip requires the trip leader to have the corresponding technical certification. This ensures that trip leaders are aware of all TMC policies and priorities before going on a trip, so they are better prepared to address any problems.

To become tech certified:

  1. Read through the guidelines for the activity
  2. Fill out the desired technical certification form
  3. Send the completed form to the corresponding technical director. The technical director will follow up with you after you have submitted the form.

Technical certifications last for a lifetime, unless the requirements are updated, at which time you will be notified that you need to renew your certification.

Hiking Guidelines | Hiking Tech Form
Climbing Guidelines | Climbing Tech Form
Skiing Guidelines | Skiing Tech Form
Aqua Guidelines | Aqua Tech Form
Biking Guidelines | Biking Tech Form

Contact a Tech Director

What is the Loj?

The Loj (pronounced "lodge") is a cabin owned by Tufts, located at 1 Potato Hill Road in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. Only two hours north of Tufts, you can find TMC members hiking, skiing, climbing, kayaking and relaxing all times of the year.

All relevant Loj policies and forms (Sign up, Payment, Covid rules) can be found on this document.

What is a caretaker, and how do I become one?

Every weekend two caretaker-certified students introduce people to the Loj, ensure that trips are going out and coming back safely, and stock the Loj with food. You can become a caretaker by going to a caretaker certification training. Caretaker training sessions have not yet started. If you have other questions about caretaking, please contact the Loj Director.

Can I go to the Loj whenever I want?

The Loj is regularly open every weekend during the semester. During these weekends, the Loj will be fully stocked with food and maintained by a caretaker. You must fill out the Loj Attendance Form before going to the Loj.

This form can be found on the official Loj policies document here.

Occasionally, the Loj will be open in the middle of the week or over breaks, but that depends on caretaker availability. Loj use mid-week and during breaks will be advertised by the Loj Director when available.

In order to keep the Loj safe and well-maintained, only caretaker-certified people can open up the Loj. No one is allowed in the Loj if there is not someone present who is caretaker-certified.

We also may have closed Loj weekends at certain times during the year, for groups or for cleaning.

What do I need to bring to the Loj?

The Loj has all the basics for your stay, so you'll just want to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and whatever you would normally take on a weekend trip (toiletries, clothing, etc.). No shoes are allowed in the Loj, so you might want to bring some cozy socks or slippers for wearing inside.

Do I need to bring food to the Loj?

No, the Loj is fully stocked with food during the school year. Some classic Loj dishes include quesadillas, chili, Loj-chos (AKA nachos made at the Loj), peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and baked goods!

If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please contact the Loj Director before heading up. We can accommodate anyone!

How much does the Loj cost?
MEMBERS

NON-MEMBERS

Pay for Loj Stay

How can I get to the Loj?

You can either sign up for a ride on the Trips Board or drive your personal car.

Can my group do a retreat?

Yes! See here and contact the Loj Director.

What are Big Weekends?

On these themed weekends TMC organizes rides, leaders, trips, and food.

What are the rules at the Loj?

Given that the Loj is owned by Tufts, the code of conduct is followed while there.

How can I use one of the TMC vans?

Contact the van director (781-467-6603) for information on how to get van certified!

Does TMC offer any financial aid?
Absolutely. Contact the Treasurer with questions.
How do I become a paid member?

Note: Anyone with a previous TMC account needs to make a new account through our new website.

To become a member you must first create a website account and then purchase a membership from the TMC Store.

How to become a member:

  1. Click the Log In button that appears in the top right corner of each page.
  2. Create an account by typing in your first name, last name, Tufts email, and password, even if you had an account on the old TMC website.
  3. Visit the Tufts Mountain Club store on Touchnet
  4. Find the Membership Fee item
  5. Select add to cart
  6. Fill in your graduation year
  7. Checkout (as a guest or you can create an account) with your Tufts email!
  8. Your TMC membership will be activated after you have paid the membership fee on the TouchNet website. If you are having trouble using your account, contact the following email: tuftsmountainclub.contact@gmail.com
How do I pay for Loj Stay?
  1. Make an account on the TouchNet Website
  2. Log-in to your account
  3. Visit the Tufts Mountain Club Store
  4. Navigate to the Loj Stay item
  5. Select how many nights you will be staying at the Loj
  6. Enter whether or not you are a current Tufts undergraduate
  7. Complete the checkout process
  8. Show the caretakers the confirmation of your purchase upon arrival at the Loj. Either printing or showing it from your phone works!
Does TMC have merch for sale?

There is not currently any merch for sale, but we will likely release something over the course of the year so be on the lookout for announcements!

How do I get reimbursed for a sanctioned club purchase?
Please contact our Treasurer with any questions!

TMC BOARD

Kai Martell

Kai Martell

Biking Director

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Kai (he/him) is a sophomore from San Francisco, California, and he loves hills. Whether it’s running up, biking up, hiking up, or skiing down them, you can always find him totaling his elevation gain. Some things Kai can stare at for hours on end include weather systems, maps, and stars. Kai is a big bike nerd and his main form of social media is Strava, but you can reach him by texting him! 

Contact:
✉️ kai.martell@tufts.edu
📞 415-715-4856

Sammy Walkey

Sammy Walkey

Webmaster/Van Director

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She does the website. She’s also the main man with grand plans to direct the vans. Sammy Walkey (sophomore, she/her) loves to hike, climb, bike, and rhyme — if you’re ever looking to win her over, the keys to her heart are Beestings from The Sink, graphic novels, friendship bracelets, snow, and Megamind. Shoot her a text at any point to talk about TMC membership, getting van certified, approving a trip on the site, plans to get lunch, or anything at all!
Contact:
✉️ samantha.walkey@tufts.edu
📞 (781) 467-6603

Kayla Drazan

Kayla Drazan

Outreach & Inclusion

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Kayla is a sophomore from Palo Alto, California who has been described as “incredibly smart,” “blindingly attractive,” and “very cool and fun” but we could not get her to confirm or deny any of these claims. She allegedly likes going on long hikes in the Bay Area hills and increasing equity in the outdoors (especially as LGBTQ affinity mod in 2021) but we could not reach her for comment on these claims, either. We can, however, confirm that she had an emo phase (combat boots, too much eyeliner, tattoo chokers, a lot of time on tumblr) when she was 12 so that should tell you all you need to know.

Contact:
✉️ kayla.drazan@tufts.edu
📞 (650) 799-7097

Lizzie Friedman

Lizzie Friedman

President

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Lizzie is a sophomore from outside of Chicago who uses she/her and they/them pronouns. She is so unbelievably excited to be the president of TMC. Lizzie loves to star gaze, whitewater canoe, hike, ski, climb… pretty much anything outside they’d love to try. Lizzie cares deeply about making the outdoors accessible and wants to help make TMC warm and inclusive. Reach out to Lizzie with any thoughts, questions or ideas!

Contact:
✉️ lizziefrieds@gmail.com
📞 847-626-8830

Mayura Thomas

Mayura Thomas

Vice President

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Mayura Thomas is a junior who uses she/her pronouns. She’s from the Boston area (just like half the Tufts population), but has lived in Chicago and India. She is super excited to be VP and be a part of TMC board for the first time ever! She loves spending time outdoors, especially when she can walk her dog and listen to podcasts. She’s always down for an outdoor adventure and to conquer her fear of sharks in lakes. Her big goal this year is to finally hammock on prez lawn, so reach out to her if this excites you or you just wanna chat about anything and everything.

Contact:
✉️ mayura.thomas@tufts.edu

Ellie Bloom

Ellie Bloom

Hiking Director

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Ellie Bloom is a sophomore from Northern California who uses she/her pronouns and is so stoked to be TMC hiking director! She loves all things outdoors and has gained a special appreciation for watching the seasons change since moving to the east coast 🙂 You can often find her swimming in mystic and frolicking on prez. She also spends her time consuming a jar of peanut butter about every two weeks and has a love (that sometimes borders on obsession) of jigsaw puzzles. She wants to learn more about the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and wants YOU to join her! If you have any hiking questions, music recommendations, or want to chat about mountains or peanut butter or puzzles or really anything reach out!!

Contact:
✉️ Elliebloom@gmail.com
✉️ Isabelle.bloom@tufts.edu
📞 415-521-8701

Chaney Dalton

Chaney Dalton

Climbing Director

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The TMC board member currently known as Chaney Dalton (she/her) is a junior serving as the climbing director this year. Her hometown of Winchester, Massachusetts is an uncomfortably close walking distance to Tufts campus. Chaney grew up taking walks with her dogs in Fells and still enjoys frequenting the same area as a college student. She also enjoys backpacking, skiing, and of course climbing. In her free time, Chaney likes to read, make soup, hang out with dogs, and spend time outside. Chaney also loves unsolicited book recommendations, and would love it even more if someone were to solicit one so don’t hesitate to reach out with climbing, reading, or other types of ponderings!
Contact:
✉️ chaney.dalton@tufts.edu

Eliza Whalen

Eliza Whalen

Communications

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Eliza is a sophomore from Albany, New York studying history and art. She has always enjoyed spending time outdoors – especially biking and kayaking – and since coming to Tufts has developed a love for rock climbing (classic). She also enjoys gushing over books, watching coming of age movies, and talking about her 4 beautiful / lovely / perfect-in-every-way cats. Eliza is incredibly excited and grateful to be on board this year as Communications Director, please reach out to her via email or text any time!

Contact:
✉️ elizawhalen@gmail.com

Olivia Potier

Olivia Potier

Community Director

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Olivia (she/her) is a first-year from North Carolina who loves any excuse to get outdoors, especially in good company! She grew up hiking and backpacking down in the beautiful blue ridge mountains and can’t wait to explore the New England area more and try out all things ice and snow. Since joining TMC, Olivia has felt so welcome and is excited to make others feel the same as Community Director this year. She can’t wait to meet more lovely (and future!) TMCers, have lots of fun things happening on and around campus, and help TMC become more accessible. Be sure to reach out to Olivia if you have any ideas or questions/comments about TMC 😀

Contact:
✉️ olivia.potier@tufts.edu

Malcolm Hansell

Malcolm Hansell

Loj Director

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According to a translation of the oldest TMC Loj-istory™ books, legends claim that Malcolm was born ⅔ of the way up the crux pitch of the iconic Cannon Cliff Black Dike*, in the dead of a cold midwinter’s night. Despite his baptism in icy spindrift, he strives to make the White Mountains a warm, dry, and endlessly welcoming place for weary trip returnees staying at the Loj. When he’s not learning to read chapter books on the Loj couches, he can be found ice climbing in the Fells, “studying” in tisch basement, and basking in the glory of Leo Westgard’s work before him. Baked goods or a feigned interest in ice climbing will win you his eternal favor. *look it up.

Contact:
✉️ malcolm.hansell@tufts.edu

Haley Andreasen

Haley Andreasen

Skuaqua Director (Ski + Aqua)

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Haley (she series) is a freshman, and excited to be ski+aqua director—known as “skuaqua.” She likes falling with style down snowy mountains, or struggling up snowy mountains. Nobody cares that she teles. Haley also likes all of the out-of-the doors and back-of-the-country activities, such as hiking, climbing, sailing, rafting, and eating. The most important thing to Haley is having fun outside, regardless of skill level. She is excited to get everyone on the slopes and on the water.

Contact:
✉️ haley.andreasen@tufts.edu

Phoebe McIntosh

Phoebe McIntosh

Events and Big Weekends

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Phoebe McIntosh is a sophomore from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin who loves to spend time outside when she isn’t crying in the basement of Tisch. Her favorite outdoor activity is a three-way tie between hiking, canoeing, and glissading (usually done unintentionally). Aside from the outdoors, Phoebe loves curated Spotify playlists, tofu in all forms, and stretching her conception of veganism as far as it will go. Phoebe is so so excited to be the Events and Big Weekends Director and looks forward to getting to meet as many TMCers as she possibly can through these super epic occasions. She is always looking for new ideas so feel free to reach out anytime to collaborate!

Contact:
✉️ phoebe.mcintosh@tufts.edu

Sydney Rubin

Sydney Rubin

Treasurer

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Sydney (she/her) is a sophomore from Philadelphia who enjoys frolicking, mountains, and frolicking on mountains. She’s excited to be TMC’s treasurer this year; please don’t hesitate to reach out to her with any financial aid questions (or grammar puns). Some of her hobbies include curating + naming Spotify playlists, collecting stickers, playing board games, drinking balsamic vinegar, and dreaming of being a mushroom forager. On campus, she can often be found in the craft center making Snoo bracelets.
Contact:
✉️ sydney.rubin622905@tufts.edu 
📞 (267) 536-6718

Larson Burak

Larson Burak

Gear Director

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Larson is a first year from Boulder, Colorado, who could be studying something at Tufts, but really he’s not sure. He likes to ski and hike, preferably with his dog Stella, and generally enjoys being outside as a rule. Larson appreciates outdoor gear, buying gear, shopping for gear, or even just looking at other people’s gear, so it’s no surprise that he found his way into the Gear Director position to help share his enthusiasm for gear and outside spaces with the Tufts community.

Contact:
✉️ larson.burak@tufts.edu

Bitsy Sharon

Bitsy Sharon

Steward

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Bitsy is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Science who uses she series pronouns. She is from Winchester Massachusetts which is exactly 10 minutes away from Tufts, so she has grown up exploring the Fells and the Mystic Lakes! She also loves to hike and ski in New Hampshire and also swim, kayak, and bike. This year Bitsy is fulfilling the stewardship position on TMC board and is looking forward to giving back to the outdoors we all enjoy and making those opportunities accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to reach out!

Contact:
✉️ elizabeth.sharon@tufts.edu

Office Hours

President and Vice-President Office Hours by appt… email
sydney.rubin622905@tufts.edu 

Gear Hours: Monday and Thursday 4:30-6:30pm
and by appt… email larson.burak@tufts.edu

CONSTITUTION

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BYLAWS

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CODE OF
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TECH POLICIES

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