Harvard Outing Club

Our Leaders

Board Members

Zoe Goldstein (she/her) – President – zoegoldstein@college.harvard.edu
Since making the trek from her home in Cambridge, MA to her (Eliot) House in Cambridge, MA (a trend?), Zoe has enjoyed continuing to build a reputation for herself as the clumsiest person to consistently seek out balance-challenging and post-hole-promising hikes. She has an intense love of books, comfy clothing, and all things fruit. When she’s not planning hikes in the Whites for days it’s going to rain or repeatedly asking people how they are as she passes them in the Yard, you can find her hanging out with five- and six-year-olds with the Mission Hill After School Program, walking back and forth between Eliot and the SOCH, or in the Barker Center bragging about how she only has class three days a week. She butters her toothbrush AFTER she puts water on it.
Christian Wagner (he/him) – Vice President – jcwagner@college.harvard.edu
Hailing from the coastal ranges of Northern California, Christian grew up surrounded by redwood trees and ice-cold breakers. He first discovered his love for the backcountry in high school while backpacking the beautiful glaciers of Oregon’s Three Sisters Wilderness. Since then, he’s spent his days out west exploring the Sierras and beyond. When life took him east to the land of bricks and sticks, he made a vow not to let the hills of New England go untrodden, which he’s been living by ever since. On campus you can find him either nerding out at Stat office hours, hacky-sacking in Eliot courtyard, or sitting with his guitar by the Charles singing sad, sad songs, lamenting the 3,000 miles between himself and the kelpy surf breaks of Santa Cruz.
Talya Li (she/her) – Diversity and Inclusion Chair – talyali@college.harvard.edu
Talya has found a home in nature climbing the Ng Tung Chai waterfalls, fracturing her ankle (and making her way off of) the Appalachian Trail, trying– and epically failing– at identifying the constellations on camping trips, and being ruthlessly beaten in pond hockey. On campus, you can find her raving about the amazing books she’s reading for English in the Winthrop courtyard, showing off her collection of funky socks, singing loudly — and poorly — to Maggie Rogers, and telling a poor stranger the entire rundown of her next outdoor adventure. She greatly looks forward to asking you about your story and telling you all about hers on a scenic ~stroll~ somewhere in New England.
Olisaneme Okonkwo (he/him) – Trip Manager
Olisaneme grew up in a town called Clarksburg, Maryland. There are very few things he would rather do than be outside. When he’s not fishing, biking, kayaking, or hiking, Olisaneme is running (or eating). His seasoning of choice is Old Bay, quite possibly the best seasoning that has graced the earth (if you haven’t had Old Bay yet just ask, he has a lot of it on hand). Olisaneme loves hiking and camping, especially along waterways, since he was raised near the Chesapeake Bay. However, though he has preferences, there are very few trip ideas that Olisaneme will turn down. He likes new and exciting outdoor experiences that push him out of his comfort zone. He plans to study Bioengineering, though that is still subject to change.
Samantha Galvin – Social Chair
Samantha Galvin, hails from a small town a whopping 35 minutes
north of campus, North Reading, Massachusetts. Her go to ice breaker is that she
learned how to sing the alphabet backwards in preschool and can still do it to this day.
She is also full of fun facts, her favorite one being that the only other mammal that
enjoys spicy food is the tree shrew. Her love of the outdoors came from an early age
of boating in the lakes region of New Hampshire with her grandparents, and came to
fruition with the trail running she did as a cross country athlete in high school. Her
favorite place to hike is the White Mountains of New Hampshire, although she would
love to hike in some more tropical locations as well. Samantha’s love of the outdoors
is due to both the calming ambiance and a deep rooted fascination for other
creatures. Sammy loves to rock fun socks with any outfit, can constantly talk about
her pet bunny, Nugget, and is a huge supporter of listening to Christmas music long
before Thanksgiving arrives.
Naomi Hegwood (she/her) – On-Campus Events Chair – nhegwood@college.harvard.edu
Naomi Hegwood hails from North Dakota AKA the-one-state-the-you-have-
never-been-to, which basically just means that she says bag wrong, knows way more about cows than she ever wanted to, and gets VERY excited whenever she’s in a place with trees and/or actual topography. Even though her fingers and toes are permanently icicles from living in one of the closest things the United States has to an Arctic Tundra her whole life, her warm heart and sarcastic comments still manage to melt through the snow, causing her to somehow be able to survive standing outside in -30 degree temperatures. When she is not freezing, Naomi can be found attempting to identify plants, doodling gnomes to her heart’s content (many people call her Nomes), or staring at her computer screen pretending to do work but instead getting distracted and looking up squirrels
Aurelia Balkanski (she/her) – Gear Manager aurelia@college.harvard.edu
Aurelia hails from the small town of Woodside, California. For anyone in the know, that’s only a hop, skip, and a 14 mile hike from Silicon Valley! Naturally, her techy upbringing lead her to want to get as far from cell service as possible, so she spends her summers and winters in Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, climbing mountains to witness all the sunsets that Apple can’t capture.  
Now, on campus, Aurelia is a proud supporter of year-round crocs with the occasional corresponding Christmas socks. Aurelia can be seen studying anywhere there is green grass, or on the 10th floor of Smith because that is the closest thing to a mountain in Cambridge. Go on a hike with her and she will stop for snack breaks every hour and sing 2000s throwback songs until she loses her voice and physically cannot sing any longer. Aurelia is happiest when she’s on a snowboard, under a blanket of stars, or wearing her crocs.
Matt Kung – Gear Manager matthew_kung@college.harvard.edu
While some people go outside to aPpReCiAtE nAtUrE or to cOnNecT wItH tHeIr iNnEr sElF, Matt hikes solely for the purpose of taking pictures of himself with bags of chips. His favorite pastimes include peeing off cliffs, memorizing mountain elevations, and wearing bowls on his head. He plans to write his thesis on the strong negative correlation between a runner’s athletic ability and the length of their shorts. Some criticize him for having no personality other than his unrequited romance with Frito Lay North America, Inc. He has no rebuttal against this statement but you should still come on his hikes.
Henrietta Reily – Treasurer – reily@college.harvard.edu

Henrietta grew up in the steep hills of Kentucky and likes to go outside even when everyone else is inside and no one will join her. She also likes going outside with others, forest dynamics, her dogs and the Harvard Outing Club. She dislikes wet socks, sweet coffee, people who whine and light pollution, but if any of them come on her trips she’ll be very nice to them!

Rob Walker (he/him) – Tech Chair – rwalker@college.harvard.edu
Rob’s currently trapped inside a computer.

Trip Leaders

Nathan Oalican
Nathan Oalican was born on the streets of Roslindale in Boston, Massachusetts. Born into a family of non-hikers (egad!), Nathan found his calling for the outdoors in gallavants throughout Boston with the self-proclaimed Rozzie Rats of Roslindale. From these humble beginnings, one may say, there was nowhere to go but up. And up he has gone, from Mount Washington in New Hampshire to Mount Whitney in California. When not hiking, you can find Nathan studying plant biology, thinking about landscape history, or signing a supermax deal with the Boston Celtics.
Spencer Carter (he/him)
Spencer is a junior in Winthrop House studying Psychology. He’s from Pelham, NY and is VERY conflicted about whether he should claim to be a “New Yorker” or not. He’s passionate about HUDS peanut butter, falling asleep in Science Center Hall B, and fixing typos wherever he can get his hands on them. Spencer is an avid hiker and paddleboarder, having fallen in love with the outdoors when he began college. He’s also a Scorpio. Make of that what you will.
Sam Woolf (she/her)
Sam Woolf, also known as “Hungry Like The” Woolf by her middle school gym teacher (for her excessive aggression during floor hockey), is now trying to live up to the name through the interesting snacks she brings on Outing Club hikes. These include, but are not limited to: instant sticky rice, dark chocolate ganache hearts, and goat cheese crumbles. Her favorite trail snack though, is the “immensely fruity, intensely chewy” Hi-Chew. Not only is the candy a nod to her Japanese heritage, but the altitude pun hits different on the summit.
Mikel Davies (he/him)
Growing up in the Sawtooth wilderness of central Idaho, Mikel Davies has always enjoyed being outside. Although his family were quaint car-campers, he quickly discovered the wonders of hiking with friends and future lovers alike – he met his now girlfriend at summer camp in the mountains years ago. Studying bioengineering and remembering funny things from high school are some of his favorite things alongside teaching CS50 and lounging in the Adams DHall.
Allegra Colman
Adrenaline junkie by nature, alpine skier by choice, Allegra “Legs” is still getting used to this whole ‘uphill’ phenomenon. You’ll never catch her without a hefty supply of emergency baking soda, endless knee-length socks and a plethora of hair-brained schemes for her next intra-continental adventure. When in Cambridge, Allegra studies History and Literature and enjoys espousing the wonders of HOC to anyone that will listen.
Theo Lukin Yelin (he/him)
Hailing from the distant lands of Cambridge, MA, Theo likes to spend his time traversing the wilderness of Garden St. on his bike. Studying Physics and Computer Science, he is always eager to escape the confines of the Science Center Library to explore the White Mountains (although he typically only makes it as far as the dining hall by the time the next problem set is due). He will happily explain why Winter is the optimal hiking season (no mosquitoes, and it’s easier to make a cold person warm than vice versa), but venture out on the hottest of summer days nonetheless, all while complaining that he could still be on bed. On campus you can find him on the hockey rink, or working anywhere from the river to the quad.
Emily Spector (she/her)
Emily grew up in New York in an outdoorsy but notably not granola family, and at age 17, she wrote her harvard application essay about how she’d like to run away from school to live in the mountains (and she was accepted?) Her mission now is to travel up and/or down every incline she can find on foot, snowboard, bike, or river with as many people as are willing. In the backcountry, she is known to enjoy sitting in lakes of snowmelt until her body temperature drops to 5°F, and in the front country, she is known to almost lose her gear trailer on I-25 with a van of 12 high schoolers to bear witness. In Cambridge, Emily can be found running long loops around the Charles, violining in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, explaining to unwilling strangers why Mather is the best house, or preparing to yeet herself and others into the mountains.
Nina Foster (she/her)
Nina is a proud plant mom and English major hailing from Ossining, New York. When she’s not sipping an oat milk latte and reading in a cozy cafe, she happily sacrifices her Birks for hiking boots and heads to the mountains. A hike with Nina comes with an Insta-worthy photo guarantee, the only caveat being that you’ll have to wait weeks until she finally gets her film developed. Be warned: she will stop for at least five minutes to cuddle with any dog that she encounters on the trail, and she probably won’t stop talking about how cute the last one was until another comes along. Nina is also known for spontaneously belting out Christmas songs regardless of the time of year, diving into deep conversations after knowing someone for fifteen minutes, and curating Spotify playlists for those long drives into the Whites.
Zuzanna Skoczylas (she/her)
Zuzanna grew up in Poland, indisputably home to the best apples. She fell in love with hiking after her parents took her ‘hiking’ and ended up taking a nap and a cable car instead. Her favorite outdoor memory is seeing triple from altitude sickness when hiking inside a volcano. When not outside, you can find her studying computer science or searching for new travel destinations. She tends to spend all her money on vegan food and traveling.
Alana Carroll (she/her)
Alana hails from upstate NY, where she spent many years smearing herself (and her siblings!!) with mud and running wild through creek, marsh, and forest. Every summer (and during her gap year) she returns to her hometown to teach kids (and adults!) essential survival skills such as starting fires with friction, which mud pits are best for camouflage, how to carve with stone, how to catch trout with your bare hands, and how to properly abandon one’s civility. If you go on a trip with Alana, be prepared for intense excitement about what the general public dubs “mud, twigs, weeds, and pests”. It is her greatest desire to get everyone else as hyped about them as she is.
Megan Curry
Megan is technically a SoCal native, but since moving to Colorado for high school, she’s morphed into your stereotypical (Kind) granola hiker. Against the backdrop of Mt. Blanca, a 14er in the middle of nowhere Colorado, she fell in love with hiking and trail running. Today, you can find her hiking around Boulder or begging her friends and family to hike Longs Peak, to which they always decline. When she’s not hiking, you can find her trying to finish course books the class only read two chapters from, learning how to cook, or crocheting scarves. 
Michael Wallace (he/him)

Michael was raised in the untamed forests of Wilton, Connecticut, a place with a large population of retirees and some of Connecticut’s hardest mountain biking trails, two things that go together really well. In September 2018, Michael decided to hike all of the 48 tallest mountains in New Hampshire in a single week. The attempt was a failure, covering only 5 hours and 1 peak before Michael packed up and came back to Harvard. Some say he never intended to hike all 48 peaks at all; some say he is a tragic hero who was crippled by circumstance. Michael says he actually did all 48 when you weren’t looking. When he’s not planning a new trip, Michael enjoys going for long runs, getting cannolis from Mike’s Pastries, and marveling at the wonders of public transport.
Matthew Li

Matthew Li hails from the town of Carlisle, Massachusetts. His love of the outdoors come partly from the fact that trees do not ask him how to spell or pronounce his last name, which comes partly from the fact that trees don’t talk – but they do make a sound upon falling, even if no one hears them. In addition to run on sentences, Matthew enjoys hiking & camping just about anywhere. On campus, Matthew studies some form of life science and some computer science. He also performs stand up comedy. 
Wildman Schubert Reed (he/him)
His name is Wildman. But if that doesn’t tell you enough about him, here’s a bit more: Wiley was born and raised in a small town called Brooklyn, NY. His outdoor interests range far and wide, from living vicariously through people who have more free time than he does, to being a member at REI. Growing up, he spent almost every weekend fishing and rock climbing on the Long Island Sound. One can only wonder how he rock climbed a body of water… As he got older, he undertook ever-more intense and eclectic outdoor escapades, including a backpacking trip to Hawaii where it rained for 10 days straight. Now he’s afraid of water. On that same trip, lying on his back and looking up at the stars at the top of 14,000-foot Mauna Kea, Wiley understood the meaning of a misplaced modifier, and also decided he wanted to understand the universe. Now he is deep in the throws of a concentration in physics doing just that (and perhaps regretting it a little bit, too). In fact, he was such a big proponent of the outdoors throughout high school that his friends nicknamed him “Tree Boy.” Now he’s a Wildman, and a Tree Boy.
Nellie Ide (she/her)
Nellie grew up in Minnesota, otherwise known as the state of two seasons: winter is coming, and winter is here. Naturally, she loves to get as much frostbite as possible, so she is on the alpine skiing team (yes, there is a ski team and yes, she knows there are no mountains in Boston). Nellie began her outdoor experience when her family took her on a canoe trip at the tender age of one year old. This led to a childhood full of hiking and canoeing around the Minnesota wilderness, and she looks forward to exploring some real mountains out here in the East!
Sinead Danagher (she/her)
Sinead has learned to love the outdoor adventures around Boston, despite maintaining an internal chant of “West Coast, Best Coast!” at all times. Hailing from Lake Tahoe, CA, you’ll be hard-pressed to convince her your hometown is better. It was among the soaring granite peaks and crystal blue lakes of her home that Sinead discovered the ultra-fun intersection of adrenaline and nature in activities like skiing, hiking, biking and cliff jumping. When not sneaking off campus to further explore this intersection, you can find Sinead loitering in the Fogg or sprawling somewhere along the banks of the Charles
Morgan Whitten (she/her)
Morgan possesses an uncanny ability to attract mosquitoes; in fact, some believe on one weekend camping trip she donated enough blood to singularly save the mosquito population of Maine from extinction. She has come a long way from her first rendezvous with nature, in which she proclaimed, “I HATE camping! I want to stay in a ho-tel!” Now her fondness of the outdoors rivals her kinship with her own species, which in part drove her to study Environmental Science and Public Policy. A European wannabe, Morgan calls Stuttgart, Germany home (do beer gardens count as the “outdoors”? do nude spas?). 

Kristina Wolinski
Kristina grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where her family taught her to compost and then to watch each night as raccoons came to raid the compost bin.  On her first ever hiking overnight, she threw up in a composting toilet, and has been hooked ever since – perhaps too hooked, though, because sometimes in the frontcountry she realizes she doesn’t remember when her last shower was.  Some of Kristina’s favorite activities include running slowly, writing old-fashioned letters to friends, playing board games, and talking deep into the night. If college doesn’t work out, her plan is to become a full-time nomad.  
Luca Muir Hinrichs (they/them)
Luca is originally from the Bay Area, but lived for many years in Nebraska where it is almost impossible to hike. To make up for that, they joined the Outing Club in order to hike as much as possible. Luca’s favorite outdoor activities are anything involving snow and ice, so you’ll find them on winter hiking, cross-country skiing, and ice skating trips. Their favorite mountain is Mt. Moosilauke, so they named their soundcloud page after it. Luca studies Chemistry and Physics because it’s fun. They’re a cancer sun, aries moon, aquarius rising.
Jonathan Zhang (he/him)
Jonathan “Juicy J” Zhang’s the name, wacky spaztastic fun’s his game! Born in raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan (aka South Canada), he was exposed to the outdoors from a young age. Never more than a few feet away from food at all times, Juicy J will hound people down to feed them like the mother hen he is. After joining a cult in New Mexico called UWC which touts a mission of “sustainability and peace,” Jonathan used the place as an excuse to partake in a week-long hike through the Grand Canyon, a 14-day trip with no refills through the Pecos Wilderness, and a 3-day orientation trip that he led for his own underclassmen. When he’s not in the wilderness, Jonathan can be found in Lowell House having an existential crisis and/or watching the Good Place.
Serena Wurmser (she/her)
Serena is from Montclair, NJ, but has spent the past year living in Utah, North Carolina, and Nevada… basically a lot of places. She studies Astrophysics and Earth & Planetary Sciences at Harvard, and loves nothing more than telling people about the night sky (her friends sadly can confirm). Some of her skills include knowing the time using the Big Dipper and making puns about space (although none about the solar system… those are only one star jokes). When not stargazing, she enjoys rock climbing, reading (especially lord of the rings!!), and finding more excuses to walk around barefoot.
Maggie Schultz
Growing up in Northern Michigan, Maggie only has a short period of the year in which she can go outside without losing feeling in her toes and fingers. In this time, she developed a love for berry and mushroom picking, camping, running, and hammocking. She loves to jump off tall things (sometimes into water), utilize the chest pocket on her overalls, and sleep in her sleeping bag on top of her normal covers. At Harvard, she lives in Leverett House and studies environmental engineering (so, really her weekly hikes are for ~academic~ purposes).
Ursula Volz
Ursula lives in Orono, ME but is an Alaskan girl at heart, having lived in Anchorage for 15 years. Despite having survived frostbite on the back of a dog sled and being charged by an angry mama moose, Ursula looks back on her Alaskan childhood fondly as it was the place she fell in love with the outdoors. She is a junior in Leverett House concentrating in Mechanical Engineering with a secondary in Astrophysics and—her most challenging academic pursuit—a Norwegian citation from Harvard’s illustrious (read: extremely niche) Scandinavian Languages Department. Skål!  When Ursula isn’t contemplating rotational inertia, she can be found roller skiing throughout Boston as member of the Nordic Ski team, or planning her next weekend adventure.
Jenny Lu
Jenny comes from the warm, sunny Austin, Texas, where she grew up swimming outdoors year-round, learned that the only correct way to address a group of people is ‘y’all,’ and takes her goldendoodle, Pi (a common misconception is that her dog’s name is Pie, like the dessert, rather than Pi, like the number), on long walks by the river. She loves biking, skiing, ice skating, and the idea of surfing (tried and didn’t do so hot with the actual thing). Jenny is an avid fan of the game Set, and despite her usually faulty memory, she can identify any Taylor Swift song within an average of 10 seconds. Her most recent adventure has been in the Catskill Mountains, where she is living with some friends and every weekend begins with her cajoling them, “Can we pleeeeeaaase go on a hike?” 
Alex Fogel (she/her)
Alexandra was raised in suburbs of NYC, which does not have tall mountains but does have awesome bagels which kinda makes up for it. She loves the outdoors despite the fact that the outdoors does not always love her (evidenced by the fact that she once sank up to her waist in mud in the middle of swamp while everyone else was somehow spared). Some of her favorite things to do in her favorite places to be are hiking in the White Mountains, surfing off the coast of Long Island, slaloming in Lake George, and skiing at Alta (she’s a first chair kinda gal). On campus, she can be found doing her Social Studies reading and EPS psets at the Barker Cafe, drumming up social events for the Club Climbing Team in her hammock at the Barker Garden, and just generally loitering around Barker.
Kate Stevens
Kate is from Rye, New York, where her love for hiking, biking, and all-things outdoors fostered in the picturesque backdrop of suburban New York. During the summer, she would often trade the charming countryside of Westchester Country for wild outdoor adventures–trekking the AT with twizzlers and 2000s throwback songs, biking touring different coasts, and forcing her friends to go camping with her. She likes to spend her days getting lost on her bike (and somehow one summer made it across the country?), cultivating her extensive fun sock collection, and continuously attempting to be a plant person, although she has yet to keep one of her many bonsai trees alive.

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