July Circus

Aaron Buikema, Ana Beglova, Ben Kessel, Ben Pearre, Caroline Kotlowski, Carson Darling, Chris Summerfield, Cleo Stannard, David Johnson, David Migl, Jenna Ogden, John Michael Reyes, John Walk, Kyle Peet, Lawrence Wong, Li-Jen Lin, Max Olender, Nathaniel Chu, Owen Andrews, Polina Binder, Sally Miller, Svenja Spanuth
Trip date
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
Difficulty rating

Come spend a weekend in New Hampshire hiking, climbing, eating, roasting marshmallows, 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, 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.

2. Sign up for the trip on this page before 9am on Wednesday, July 19. Signups will be done using a random lottery, so it doesn't matter whether you sign up now or right before the deadline. We may need to limit the number of people that can join the circus to fewer than 80 if there are insufficient trip leader sign ups.

3. Show up to the pre trip meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm in the MITOC office W20-461. 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. All gear rental is included in your circus fee, as long as you return the gear during office hours the week after circus. The meeting will be required if you have not been to a circus before and optional for everyone else.

4. Pay the trip fee. The cost is $20 for MIT students, $30 for all others. It covers gear rentals, 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! You can pay the trip fee here.


Friday, July 21: 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 and climbing trips for Saturday.

Saturday, July 22: Hiking and climbing 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, July 23: Clean up the cabin in the morning. More trips. You return directly to Boston/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
July 6, 2017, 11:10 p.m.
Signups closed at
July 19, 2017, 9 a.m.
  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.