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Are You Man Enough For The 50?

“Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

Daniel Webster’s factual observation about the now-collapsed Old Man in the Mountain in Franconia Notch State Park was once known to every Dartmouth student. But over the years, the phrase has slipped from memory as undergraduates seem more concerned about how ever-so-hard life is for them inside the Dartmouth Bubble. Enough! This space supports frankness, perseverance and courage — the manly virtues — and so it was with real pleasure that we read a notice the other day on the College listserv signed by Julietta Gervese ‘16, Rosie Mahoney ‘17 and Anna Ellis ‘19 about The 50, a 53.6-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail that takes place over no more than 36 hours:

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The 50 is not a weak event that Dartmouth student wannabees have copied from some other, lesser school. It is an echt Dartmouth test of fortitude. As this well produced video notes, eight out of ten students don’t finish:

How will you do?

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