A Message From Our Director of Outreach

Lily I first found out about Terrapin Trail Club last summer, before school had even started. I met Nick Ruiz, our former president, at Maryland’s rock wall and he told me that if I loved to climb and do other similar activities outside, I should join TTC.

I was shy and a little scared at first, because I was a freshman and completely new to the university. When I stepped into that room full of new faces, I sat next to someone and we immediately struck up a conversation, and before I knew it I had a new friend. That happened several times that evening. I realized that I had something in common with almost everyone in the room, and that every person I talked to had some crazy outdoorsy story to tell, not unlike my own. I knew that I had found a group of people I could relate to, and for a nervous freshman worried about not making any friends, that was comforting beyond belief.

My first trip was Intro Trip. I remember our first dinner, at a small restaurant by Seneca Rocks, and being introduced to several of the club old-timers. I was intimidated, at first, but they greeted me like an old friend, even though most of them didn’t even know who I was. That night, we all sat around a roaring campfire talking and laughing and telling stories, our faces lit only by the firelight. We woke the next morning before the sun, and headed out for a 10-mile paddle down the Potomac. Though some people had no experience with boats or whitewater at all, everyone shared a similar bold sense of adventure. We floated, we laughed, we had splash wars, we threw acorns at each other, and we had more fun on that class I stretch of river than I originally thought possible.

So, if you are a freshman looking for a club to join, or a senior looking for an escape from books and maybe an adventure or two, then come out and join TTC. It was by far the best decision I made last fall, and it was where I met some of my favorite people on campus. Come be awesome with us!

— Lily Durkee, TTC Director of Outreach, Class of 2018

Upcoming Trips

Trip Name Trip Leader Start Date End Date
GPS Mapping ALL of the Appalachian Trail through Maryland Ben Belzer Dec 06 09:00 AM Dec 06 05:00 PM