Trip Reports

Hermus, James; Migl, David; Saulnier, Chris
Aug 1, 2018 to Aug 3, 2018
Our background & rationale for the trip             We all met through MITOC and have been climbing in the Whites together but had been talking about trying to do a trip to explore some larger multi-pitch adventures. It so happened that we were all in the Pacific Northwest on other personal trip...
Smolyar, Karina; Taylor, Erik
Sep 6, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
The GR20 trail runs 112 miles (180 km) along the Corsican mountains, diagonally bisecting the island, gaining over 40,000 feet of elevation. The northern 70 miles (the GR20 North) from Calenzana to Vizzavona consist of steep ascents and descents, scree slopes, and a generous serving of rock scrambli...
Tafsia Shikdar
Aug 4, 2018 to Aug 10, 2018
The first time I set foot in the US was last summer, when I embarked upon my freshman year at MIT. So everything on this continent is new and exciting; I’m still waiting to see my first racoon! During this year I’ve taken every opportunity I can to explore nearby areas: I’ve been on long bus rides t...
Ding, David; Amadei, Carlo Alberto; Blankley, Paul; Hoernle, Nick; McClelland, Charlie; Sevostianov, Vlad
Aug 11, 2018 to Aug 20, 2018
We hope this report captures a glimpse of the beauty we encountered, encourages respect for nature and environment, and perhaps inspires you to discover for yourself the magic this planet has to offer. Philosophically, mountaineering mainly serves as a vehicle to discover where the boundary between...
Russell, Lulu
Aug 17, 2018 to Aug 23, 2018
I applied for the Sean A. Collier Adventure Grant this spring knowing that I wanted to adventure in a place I’d never been and challenge myself in a way I’d never experienced. Last year, I thru-hiked the Appalachian trail with a friend, spending 5 months in the tree-covered hills of the east coast....
Aidas Vilgalys, Max; Wong, Catherine
Jun 17, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
How do you talk about biking across the country? This is not a rhetorical question. This is not a segue into an adventure story that will take your breath away. I am earnestly curious. Because this summer my friend and I biked across the country, and I don’t know how to talk about it. How was the tr...
Middleton, Scott
Jun 24, 2018 to Jul 3, 2018
In June 2018 it was my great honor to receive a 2018 Sean A. Collier Adventure Grant to sponsor my cycling adventure around the province of Nova Scotia. In keeping with the grant program’s mission to honor Officer Collier’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and his commitment to tackling new challenges, I...
Moscol, Bruna
Dec 24, 2017 to Jan 4, 2018
Itinerary Solo ascent of Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 ft), the tallest peak outside the Himalayas Dates: ​December 24th - January 4th (12 days) Participants: ​Bruna Moscol, MIT ‘15 Route:​ Normal Route (Horcones Valley) Status:​ Completed, no summit bid due to weather *** Day 1 - Start from Hor...
Maisano-Brown, Jeannette
Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 28, 2017
            The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a 110-mile Alpine trail traversing three countries and circumnavigating Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, a peak which overlooks the entire circuit from the dizzying height of 4810m. And although the TMB and its variants rarely go above 3000m, the trail h...
Sandoval Olascoaga, Carlos
Aug 19, 2017 to Sep 2, 2017
I heard about Yosemite Valley only a few months after I first started climbing. I was reading an article by one of my climbing mentors where he described his 1970’s ascent of “El Capitan”. The intensity of his experience, the challenges, and lessons depicted in his story motivated me to plan my firs...
Sisovics, Milena
Aug 3, 2017 to Aug 15, 2017
I was fortunate to receive financial support through MITOC's Sean A. Collier Adventure Grant to embark on my first scuba adventure and get Open Water certified. I earned my PADI Open Water License in August 2017 in the beautiful Bocas del Toro archipelago, located on the Caribbean side of Panama. My...
Kessel, Ben; Migl, David; Beglova, Ana
Jun 1, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
From June 1-11, 2017, Ben Kessel, David Migl, and Ana Beglova traveled to Peru for mountaineering in the Cordillera Blanca. After acclimatizing in Huaraz and hiking to Laguna Churup (4650m), we spent several days on an attempt of Nevado Pisco (5750m), turning around at 5400 m due to altitude sicknes...