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A quote from Terry Russell in "On the Loose":
"Crazy kids on the loose; but on the loose in the wilderness. That makes all the difference."




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Welcome to On the Loose, the outdoors club of the Claremont Colleges!

OTL dispatches student-led trips to destinations across California and the Southwestern states. OTLers like to backpack, climb, car-camp, surf, bike, and bear-wrassle. To these ends, we offer advice to those who are lost, cars to those who need transportation, and a wide-ranging assortment of gear to all students—all for free. We also provide extensive subsidies for our adventures. We welcome students of all ability levels, from the most hardened sherpas to the freshest greenhorns. We host talks to engage our intellects, classes and training to hone our skills, and weekly Tuesday Shindigs to see each other’s shining faces.

Every week On the Loose is sure to have something to excite you, on campus and off. Whatever your level of experience, we hope to see you soon on trail, in the surf, on the rocks, or in a big comfy couch at one of our Shindigs!

Happy trails!

OTL Staff




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