The informant was Josie Nordrum, a 20 year old junior at Dartmouth and a member of the DMC. She was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Corte Madera, CA. She learned how to climb at Dartmouth from Jay Dumanian two and a half years ago on her DOC freshman trip. Josie’s climbing phobia is exposure to the elements. She loves the feeling of satisfaction after a long climb.
Type: Verbal, Joke
Country of Origin: US
Date Collected: May 15, 2016
Place Collected: Jonathan Belden Daniels Climbing Gym, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Social/ cultural context: Within the Climbing culture, it is said that many are highly monogamous with other members. This is a socially accepted notion in the DMC.
Transcript: “DMC stands for both the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club and, to its members, the Dartmouth Monogamy Club.”
Lore: DMC is jokingly referred to as the Dartmouth Monogamy Club, instead of the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club.
Informant’s Comments: As an example, one DMCer Josie met her boyfriend in the DMC during her freshman year and has been with him for the past two and a half years. No one knows why, but a lot of club members tend to form close relationships over the years.
Collector’s Comments: The club is a relatively close group of friends which tease many of the couples who meet through, and are active in, the DMC. The fact that the club is so open and accepting of these people reflect how friendly and inclusive the club is.
Tags/Keywords: Dartmouth Monogamy Club, DMC, joke, verbal