NUHOC is the outdoors club at Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts
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Great question! The Northeastern University Hus-Skiers and Outing Club, otherwise known as NUHOC, is the outdoors club for Northeastern University. Since our founding in 1941, we have provided opportunities for students, faculty members, alumni, and community members to get outside the city and explore the wilderness of New England.
What does NUHOC do?
We go on trips! While we have weekly meetings on campus, to truly experience NUHOC, you need to come on one of our trips. NUHOC runs dozens of trips every year, mostly to our lodge in the northern White Mountains. From there, it’s easy to hike, ski, rock climb, canoe, kayak, bike, swim, or do almost anything else you’d like to do outside. We also run a number of trips outside of the lodge, including our popular “Intro to …” series, which is aimed at newbies looking to try a new outdoor activity for the first time. If there’s something you want to do outside, we probably do it, and if not, there’s almost certainly other folks in the club who would want to do it with you.
That sounds awesome, I want to go on a trip! How do I make that happen?
Come to a NUHOC meeting and sign up for a trip, its just that easy. Then, borrow any gear you need from the gear locker and get ready to have a great time in the woods.
If you can’t make it to a meeting but want to sign up for a trip, contact our VP Trips.
What if I’ve never done this before?
No problem! Some of our most popular trips are our “Intro to …” series, specifically designed to get people with no prior experience out into the woods and having fun. Past intro trips we’ve run include backpacking, climbing, skiing, and surfing; if there’s something else you’re interested in, let us know and we can try to make it happen. Or, if we’re not running an intro trip in the near future and you want to try something out, talk to an experienced NUHOCer (an eboard member is a good person to start with), and they’ll usually be more than happy to show you the ropes or introduce you to someone that can.
That said, if you want to get into skiing or snowboarding, we highly recommend that your first time on snow be with a professional instructor. We run an annual Intro to Ski weekend in January where we offer discounted beginner packages, and we can also help you set up a lesson with one of the local mountains in the area. Talk to our ski guy for more information.
How much does this all cost?
Not much! There is no fee to come on almost all of our trips. For lodge weekends, we ask that you pay for your share of group food and reimburse your driver for gas & tolls, this usually totals between $25 and $30 per weekend. If you need to rent gear from the NUHOC gear locker, you’ll need to be a club member, which costs $10 for the year.
How do I become a member?
First fill out the membership form here. Then, bring $10 to the next NUHOC meeting and fill out a waiver. Receive a membership card, now you are a member of NUHOC!
Why should I become a member?
To support NUHOC! Besides helping out the club, you also get a bunch of great perks, including access to our gear locker, great deals from a number of outdoor brands through College Outside, and discounts to local rock gyms. Talk to our treasurers if you have more questions.
What’s the Loj?
The Loj is a yurt in the northern White Mountains that is our home away from home. It is the home base for hundreds of NUHOC adventures every year and is completely student run by the Lodge Committee, known as the LC’s.
Wondering what a yurt is? Check out this cool video from the company that made our yurt!
Where is the Loj?
The Loj is located along the border of Maine and New Hampshire. This allows us to be close to all our favorite places to hike, ski, climb, swim, and much more. It is about a half-mile hike into the woods from the parking lot. More info about the Loj can be found here.
What can I do at the Loj?
Almost anything you want! Every weekend, our members go on awesome adventures from the lodge, some common activities include hiking, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, mountain biking, and apple picking. On the property, we have a wonderful swimming hole, a network of trails to explore, an awesome stargazing spot, and a great fire pit for s’mores.
What is an Open Loj?
An Open Loj is a typical NUHOC weekend at the Loj. In the spring and fall, it usually involves hiking, rock climbing, biking, or paddling, in the winter; it usually involves skiing, snowboarding, or winter hiking. If these activities don’t appeal to you, you can plan your own adventures as well. Year round, there will be good food, warm campfires, great views, and plenty of friendly conversation!
This all sounds so much fun! How do I come to the Loj?
Sign up for one of our Open Loj trips! The Loj is open whenever there is an LC to open the Loj, which in recent years, has been almost every weekend. We organize transportation and group food for the weekend, which means all you need to do is sign up, get any gear you need, and come ready for a great weekend outside. If you’re not sure what to do around the Loj, you’ll always be able to find people to adventure with once you get up there.
How does a typical weekend at the Loj work?
After signing up at the NUHOC meeting on Wednesday, you will get a trip call on Thursday night (So answer your phone if you get a call from a random number) confirming that you are going to the Loj and providing the time and location (Usually 6:30 PM on Friday at the Bank of America ATM on Forsyth Street) where you will meet your ride. On Friday, or when you were assigned to leave, you will get into the vehicle that will bring you to the Loj. The Loj is just over three hours from Boston, and we usually stop on the way up to get groceries for the weekend. The Loj itself is about a half mile hike in from the parking lot, and when you arrive we will help you find a place to sleep (Either in the yurt itself, one of our outbuildings, or your own tent) and get ready for an awesome weekend! Food is planned for you, which includes breakfast for Saturday and Sunday, lunch for Saturday and sometimes Sunday, and dinner for Saturday. If it is an open Loj there will be other people that will be doing things that you can join if you don’t have anything planned. On Sunday, we close the Loj and everyone goes back to Boston, usually doing some sort of activity on the way home. You will arrive back at varying hours, but usually by dinnertime you will be back in the city.
When we do trip sign-ups and trip calls we ask if you are an omnivore (meat) or herbivore (veggie). We accommodate for vegetarians, however if you are gluten-free, vegan, etc. you may have to bring some of your own food. For general food allergies, tell us about them and we should be able to accommodate them.
What is an LC?
An LC (Lodge Committee member) is someone who has earned their keys to the lodge for life and is allowed to open the lodge for other NUHOCers to enjoy. To become an LC, you first need to become an LCT and go through the LCT training process.
What is an LCT?
LCT stands for Loj Committee Trainee. An LCT is in the training process to become an LC (Loj Committee member). The process involves completing a list of 27 things, ranging from building a fire to running a weekend, that you’ll have to master to become an LC. When an LCT completes this list, they host a dinner for the Loj Committee and are asked questions regarding becoming an LC. The Loj Committee votes to decide if the LCT is ready to become an LC, and if they vote yes, the new LC receives keys to the Loj for life and can open the Loj whenever he or she wants.
How do I become an LCT?
You must go to the Loj at least 3 times. After that, you make a speech at one of our general meetings about why you want to become an LCT. (You must talk to the LCC to determine when exactly you will do your speech.) You will also present a small gift for the Loj with your speech. The gift can be anything that represents what your experiences at the Loj have meant to you. We then ask you some questions about the Loj and then vote if you should become an LCT. Next time you are at the Loj you will receive your list! A more in depth answer can be found here.
What gear does NUHOC have in the gear locker?
Lots! We have a full range of hiking and backpacking gear, including backpacks (day and overnight), sleeping bags (including zero degree bags), sleeping pads, tents, tarps, micro spikes, snowshoes, cook sets, and more. We also have a bunch of climbing gear, including harnesses, helmets, shoes, belay devices, carabineers, and ropes. Most gear is available to everyone, but for some more technical items, the gear guys will ask you a few questions to make sure you know how to use the gear safely.
Note that we do not rent ski or snowboard gear; if you’re looking to get into snow sports, we can recommend options for renting or buying gear. Talk to our ski guy for more information.
How do I rent gear from the gear locker?
You have to be a current member of NUHOC to rent gear from the gear locker. First, fill out the form on our website here. Next, come to a NUHOC meeting and talk to the gear guys. They will bring you to the gear locker where you will sign out the gear you are taking. If you can’t make it to the meeting, they will email you to arrange a pickup time for your gear. Gear rentals are due one week after checkout, usually at the next weeks NUHOC meeting. For more gear locker info go here or contact the gear guys.