June Circus

Ana Beglova, Avilash Cramer, Ben Kessel, Ben Pearre, Chris Summerfield, Christina Curlette, Colie Pilling, Colin Wilson, David Migl, Elena Koukina, Ian Gardiner, Jenna Ogden, John Michael Reyes, Kyle Peet, Leigh Ann Kesler, Mason Glidden, Max Olender, Meagan Neal, Nathaniel Chu, Osman Ahsen, Polina Binder, Rebecca Russell, Sally Miller, Stephanie Plant, Svenja Spanuth, Venkata Damaraju
Trip date
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Difficulty rating
Easy and Fun

Come spend a weekend in New Hampshire hiking, climbing, eating, roasting marshmallows, enjoying the (hopefully) warm weather, and hanging out around a campfire!

What's a Circus? Circuses are a weekend of hiking and climbing trips based out of MITOC's Camelot cabin in Groton, NH. It's a great way to meet fellow outdoorsy folks and check out the White Mountains. We will provide breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday, s'mores materials, gear rentals (sleeping bags, foam pads), and volunteers to lead trips on Saturday and Sunday.

I'm interested! Now what? 1. Become a MITOC member if you aren't one already. Benefits include being able to rent super-cheap gear, stay in our cabins, come on trips like this, and more. You become a member by signing a waiver and paying the annual membership fee ($15 for students, $20 for MIT affiliates, $25 for others.) You can do both here.

  1. Sign up for the trip on this page before 12pm on Wednesday, June 21 Signups will be done using a random lottery, so it doesn't matter whether you sign up now or right before the deadline.

  2. Show up to the pre trip meeting on Wednesday, June 21 at 6pm in the MITOC office W20-461 (or email circus-chair@mit.edu if you can't be there in person.) We'll discuss logistics, then you can rent any gear you need. If you're renting gear, please bring a checkbook to put down a security deposit. If you don't have checks, find a friend who does. The meeting will be optional for people who have been to a circus before.

  3. Pay the trip fee. The cost is $20 for MIT students, $30 for all others. It covers all gear rentals (sleeping bags, pads, climbing gear, etc.), breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday, cabin upkeep, and White Mountain National Forest permits. MITOC does not profit from circus trip fees. There are no refunds, so paying is a commitment to join the trip. Don't pay your trip fee until you are guaranteed a spot!

Schedule Friday, June 23: Carpool up to the cabin. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Camelot without traffic, so most people will leave between 6 and 7 PM. Everyone should plan to be at the cabin by 10 PM, when we meet to plan hiking trips for Saturday.

Saturday, June 24: Hiking trips in the White Mountains! Yay! Everyone will return to the cabin Saturday night, and we'll cook dinner, roast marshmallows, and plan trips for Sunday.

Sunday, June 25: Clean up the cabin in the morning. More trips. You return directly to Cambridge after your Sunday trip; return time varies depending on the length of your trip.

MITOC is not a guide service. We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping the MIT community enjoy the great outdoors. Unexpected events happen. If you sign up, be prepared to be flexible!

Questions? Contact circus-chair@mit.edu


first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
June 13, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Signups closed at
June 21, 2017, noon
  1. Do you have any dietary restrictions? 2. Do you have a car? 3. Are you interested in hiking or climbing? 4. If you are interested in climbing, what is your indoor and outdoor climbing experience?
Signups for this trip are closed.