Harvard Outing Club

Gear and Office Hours

Aidan Crawford (GM’19) and Cameron Maltman (GM’18) dig through HOC gear while running summer gear hours out of the SOCCIE

Gear Rental Office Hours

Office hours during the academic year are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the famed Harvard College Cage of Gear (HCCG) at 59 Shepard St., Cambridge, MA 02138  (down the stairs from the main entrance and at the end of the hall).  Stop by to ask questions, rent gear (free for members), and return rented gear! Email the gear managers with any questions. To rent gear you must be a HOC member with $20 dues good for 6 months. As for all of our operations, financial aid is available.

Please note we do not rent stoves, headlamps, or water bottles.

**Office hours during the summer are not on a regular schedule and will be announced weekly over the HOC email list.**

Gear Lists

Linked below are some sample gear lists. They’re pretty thorough, but they’re just meant as guidelines, and aren’t necessarily complete. Be sure to talk to your trip leader (or come in to office hours to chat with us if you’re planning your own trip) if you have any questions about appropriate gear.

What We Have, What We Don’t

*One person can only rent at maximum two-people’s-worth of gear, if you want to rent for more people you will need to bring more people to office hours*


  • Sleeping Bags (0˚ +)
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Tents
  • Packs (Day + Overnight)
  • Tarps
  • Hiking Boots
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Winter Jackets
  • Gloves
  • Warm Layers
  • Rain Jackets
  • Rain Pants
  • Gaiters
  • Snowshoes
  • Microspikes + Crampons
  • Trekking Poles
  • XC Skis
  • XC Ski Poles
  • XC Ski Boots
  • Sleds
  • Stuff Sacks
  • HOC Apparel For Purchase


  • Alpine Skis
  • Alpine Ski Boots
  • Snow Pants (use rain pants + sweatpants!)
  • Blow Up Mattresses
  • Camp Chairs / Crazy Creeks
  • Headlamps
  • Flashlights / Lanterns
  • Stoves
  • Fuel Bottles
  • Backcountry Cookware
  • Bear Canisters
  • Maps
  • Water Bottles
  • Hiking Socks
  • First Aid / Medical Supplies
  • Helmets
  • Carabiners
  • Climbing Rope + Harnesses
  • Crashpads

Contact HOC’s Gear Manager with any gear-related questions!

Membership and Gear Loan Policies

The HOC’s policies are located on our policy page. By borrowing gear from the HOC, you agree to all of the HOC’s membership and gear policies.

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