HELP PRESERVE THE LEGACY

Funding for construction of the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge was provided entirely by donors in support of the Lodge’s legacy and mission. Gifts came from the Dartmouth community in all amounts, including the notable dollar-for-dollar challenge gift of $5 million from George “Skip” Battle ’66 and his children, Daniel ’01 and Emily ’05. Battle says that, “when students come to the mountain, they have a chance to be with a world much like it was a century ago. The new lodge preserves the incredible sense of community, character, and traditions that make Moosilauke such a special place.”

This same spirit of leadership is driving the campaign for endowed funds totaling $5 million for the operation of the lodge in perpetuity. These funds will cover the cost of daily operations, utilities, and maintenance.

ABOUT SKIP BATTLE

Skip Battle
George “Skip” Battle ’66 and his children, Daniel ’01 and Emily ’05, made a $5 million challenge gift to jumpstart the rebuilding project. Skip talks about the profound effect Mount Moosilauke and First-Year Trips had on his life at Dartmouth and afterward.

Dartmouth set my life’s trajectory, and Moosilauke helped me get over the huge interruption I felt going from a very, very small high school, where not all that many kids graduated or went to college, to a place where the thinking and the people were sophisticated. My trip to the mountain eased that transition.

When students come to the mountain, they have a chance to be with a world much like it was 100, maybe 1,000, years ago. It’s lovely knowing that, regardless how much the world shrinks and time moves faster, it’s still matched by this thing measured in millennia.

The new lodge is different in some respects, but it has all the functions of the existing lodge—and dramatically more. It preserves the incredible sense of community, character and traditions that make it such a special place. It is also more accessible for all generations and for guests with disabilities, so that everybody in the College can use it easily. That's huge.

But all the things about it—the mountain, the hike, the traditions, that one night that students spend here on their way back from their trip—won’t change at all.