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A quote from John Muir, American naturalist:

"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

Another quote:  

"These particularly American w
ays of thinking about wilderness encourage us to adopt too high a standard for what counts as ‘natural.’ If it isn’t hundreds of square miles big, if it doesn’t give us God’s-eye view or grand vistas, if it doesn’t permit us the illusion that we are alone on the planet, then it isn’t natural. It’s too small, too plain, or too crowded to be authentically wild.”
William Cronon  




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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!

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