Hikers were divided into small groups that collectively hike to the top of all 48 peaks. According to Sophie Dulberg, one of this year’s coordinators, there were 34 total trips with a range of distance and difficulty. Hikers chose what level of difficulty they preferred. Dulberg and co-coordinator Luke Burkhalter then matched groups with a corresponding hike.
According to Dulberg, the average hike was around ten miles, but there were some as short as six miles and two longer than 20 miles –– the Presidential Traverse and the Twins/Bonds.While the weekend drew many experienced hikers, there were a lot of people with different levels of outdoor experience and involvement in TMC. “I really believe anyone can come, even if [they] usually don’t come a lot … everyone has it in them to come out to the Loj and have a really great time,” sophomore Erynne van Zee said. “It brings out that wilderness vibe in everyone — even if they don’t usually have it.” After a day of hiking, students regrouped at the Loj to play board games like Settlers of Catan, throw frisbees on the lawn and socialize over tea in the living room. Some curled up with books from the bookcase in the Loj that holds a broad collection, with options ranging from old Tufts yearbooks to works of fiction.“There are people who love TMC and are here representing that, and also a lot of people here who want to try something new,” Dulberg said. “It’s a good opportunity because there are a lot of other people doing the same.”