The Dartmouth Outing Club Gives the John Rand Cabin a Lift

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A team of undergraduates is replacing the Moosilauke landmark’s foundation.

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Aerial view of the John Rand cabin amongst trees

(Video by Chris Johnson)

A group of Outing Club students recently got to work rebuilding the foundation on the John Rand cabin, closed since 2018 due to frost damage to the original concrete piers. A team of undergraduates with the Dartmouth Outing Club have jacked up the one-room cabin, leveled it on blocks, and are digging below the frost line to pour new foundation supports.

The Rand cabin, built in 1983 and named for John Rand ’38, who served as executive director of the Dartmouth Outing Club from 1938 to 1975, is one of the nine cabins in the Mount Moosilauke trail system that the DOC takes care of. The one-room, four-season cabin is about a half mile from the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge and features a woodstove for cooking and heating, and a porch with a beautiful view of the mountain.

Kay Partridge ’23, part of the renovation crew, says, “It will be really cool to have it up and running again and to be able to have students actually be able to stay here. Personally, I’m looking forward to staying at it and enjoying the beautiful view in the morning.”

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