march oh march. “in like a lion, out like a lamb”. well, we have seen the lion baring its fierce teeth. the chilling winds and frigid temps have sent us shivering under the warmth of our blankets. well mother nature, i sure am ready for the lamb to grace us with its presence. melting snow, rays of sunshine, bearable temperatures….at least we can maybe escape for spring break? or shall i say sprink breag? bring spreak? spreang brink? man i could use warmth.

now here is what happened last week


what we done did

  • lacey went to popham beach
    • it was foggy and beauteous
    • almost got trapped on an island
    • molly swam! chilly
  • joseph went to the mountain with jackie, it was “fun”
    • just some sweat
  • jackie and molly went to rumford whitecap
    • hot up cold down
    • some tears, lots of wind, snow, no tooth feeling
    • a disapproving mother in a parka
  • megan and grace went into the arb for alternative doghead!
    • it was foggy and spooky like a horror movie
  • jackie and zoe went to mt phillip
    • “nothing to note”
    • i guess that means phillip is alive and well…
  • maddy led an arb hike with pcb!
    • there was hot cocoa and CHEER
  • michael played frisbee at bates (a bunch of weenies)
    • they beat someone!
    • definitely sweat and cheering
  • michael and brittany went to maiden’s cliff for 2 year anniversary!
    • they are adorable

what we gon do

  • michael s and martin are going to true mountain maple syrup
    • april 6/7 tba
  • michael k would like to do a pleasant and nice trip
    • megan is interested
  • colleen wants to go to the belgrades wednesday or thursday afternoon
    • or a sunrise hike (with julia?)
  • joseph wants to do his co lead! at burnt mountain or anywhere else
  • jackie wants to go to the bigelows after break!


  • they are coming! check out these POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
  • platform due dates:
    • presidents- april 7
      • must be rising seniors
    • treasurer/secretary- april 14
      • treasurer must be rising junior
    • bigelow buddies- april 21
      • trips heads must be trip leaders
    • camden comrades- april 29

leader swag

  • lead 2 trips by april 29th to qualify

t shirt design contest

  • we are looking for designs! pls send one in!
  • send to coc@colby.edu by march 22
  • voting april 1-5

spring break

  • deadline for personal gear has passed
    • please do not come to office hours for personal spring break gear
  • the gear committee is CRUSHING IT
  • pls come back in one piece!

question of the week

  • pole or poll?
    • pole 9
    • poll 6
  • lacey’s brain is destroyed now

big buds

  • gear
    • taryn IS at this meeting
  • trips
    • spring LTT is being planned soon!
    • shadows! reach out to trips committee
  • d&i
    • we want to get dialogue trips rolling!
    • pcb can help us now! yaaaaay
  • sugaring
    • the maple syrup trip!
    • sap is flowing
  • cabin
    • there is no firewood bc keenan used it all whoops
    • dean would love some wood help
  • events
    • absent

hot seat! jackie florman

  • um a shirley temple?
  • um pie, pumpkin
  • uum ribs?
  • syrup
  • diggeridont
  • watersky? water
  • seven?
  • uum i like i like the how we climb a mountain thing
  • scrabble
  • winter
  • ooh rei anything
  • no i haven’t i would like to
  • mammoth
  • eeh
  • peanut butter
  • uh jackson

consider yourself LEADERED

that is all from me!



hey! welcome back for another thrilling episode.

well my dudes it is going to be a warm week! finally i have something nice to say about the weather (sorry mother nature but you have been a real pill lately). anyway, now as you are attempting to avoid the gargantuan puddles that are oh so kindly inhabiting the sidewalks at least you can bask in the sun! close your eyes and soak up those rays! sure the future may bring slush and mud and raging rivers flowing down from the chapel but at least we will be happy!

here’s what went down in the not-so-sunny outside this week!


what we done did

  • joseph went xc ski for the first time!
    • only fell thrice plus twice
  • lacey kinda went outside and learned to ice skate!
    • abby and lacey are going tomorrow morning if you wanna!
      • note: i realize they have already gone at this point
  • michael went for an arb walk in the snow
    • narnia narnia narnia he was in narnia
  • megan went to popham beach and saw lighthouses! and horses!
    • also a woman thought she was having an existential crisis
  • jackie went to mt pisgah
    • there was a fire tower with mountains
    • empowering graffiti!
  • julia went to long island for frisbee
    • pouring rain, mud stuff, cancelled games
  • alice hiked french friday, clear views
    • AND went sledding! gr9 way to destress
  • molly et al went to maiden cliffs
    • nudity x2
    • “every day can be international women’s day”
  • kaitlin walked with her aunt in freeport
    • there was 50th bday SURPRISE (forced)
    • it was very warm, mmmmm, then got cold again booo

what we gon do

  • joseph wants to get his co lead– burnt mountain (Sunday hopefully)
    • kaitlin maybe
  • zoe and michael (?) want to go to popham beach around noon
    • it might be stormy but it’s all about the vibe
  • alice wants to do her co lead! maybe in april!
    • julia would be interested
  • jackie would love to do a chill co lead this week (maybe to french)
    • she is still broken
  • megan and grace and keenan want ALTERNATIVE DOGHEAD
    • maybe at the cabin with board games and snacks!

annual survey

  • it is now closed
  • THANK YOU for participating! 🙂 <3
  • the raffle will be run soon

Carolyn Finney

  • she is coming TOMORROW! at 7! in the CHAPEL!
  • tickets cannot technically be gotten still
    • but beg the people at the door

SHOUT week hike

  • collaborative event with PCB
    • hiking in the arb OR snow angels and hot cocoa and snacks
  • there won’t be a sign up
    • show up to COC office at 3PM friday
  • talk about your identity with the outdoors
  • looking for COC leaders to help out!

t shirt design contest

  • are you artistically inclined? send us a t shirt design!
  • send to coc@colby.edu by march 22
    • voting april 1-5

question of the week (shoutout to jamie pine!)

  • which came first?
    • taco 7
    • burrito 8
  • “hot diggety dog” this was close

bigelow buds

  • trips
    • waiting for the snow to melt for SPRING LTT
    • questions about the process?
      • or want to become a leader trainer/ bigelow buddy?
      • contact keenan or michael
  • gear
    • absent
  • cabin
    • absent
    • available for rent, contact dean strup
  • d&i
    • working on dialogue trips
      • interested in leading one? contact d&i
  • sugaring
    • sap is flowing!
  • events
    • absent

y’all get the gist



i just love snow globe days. the ones where the giant hunks of frozen water are beautifully swirling as they fall from the sky. the days where there is a mix of frenzied professors who sat in traffic and a strong urge to jump into a snowbank and not return. as you walk across the wintry mix (which sounds more like salad than the slushy icy nastiness covering the sidewalks) catch a snowflake on your tongue! spin around! make a snow angel! enjoy the beauty of winter while we still have it! or wait until april because you know it will still be snowing…

here’s what happened in the outside last week!


what we done did

  • lily went to the mountain, found bentley’s cave!
    • bentley was sucked into the cave oops
    • blood sweat tears heroic acts spelunking
  • taryn went skiing at sugarloaf and saddleback
    • nightmare glades are still there!
  • zoe did a sunrise hike at french mountain, ‘twas lovely
    • the broken foot crew strikes again
    • she also went downhill skiing
  • grace did her co lead at bald rock mountain
    • her heart was warmed by old people learning to ski
    • sweat
  • julia went to bates (ew) to play frisbee (less ew)
    • beat bowdoin for the first time!
    • very ice, much bruise
  • michael played frisbee against high schoolers
    • they won!
  • grace and kaitlin led a trip to a yurt! more signage requested
    • they skied and had great fun
    • they ran into a biathlon and a girl scout troop

what we gon do

  • michael wants to go outside friday/saturday
    • megan is interested
  • max wants to go outside with bentley
  • zoe wants to go outside for her co lead!
    • maddy is interested also (glad she made it to her first meeting!)
  • megan wants to lead alternative doghead!
    • julia is interested, grace is also interested

annual survey

  • keep spreading the link! it is still open!
  • we want your feedback
  • complete the survey for a chance to win a leatherman or other prizes!

carolyn finney

  • she is the keynote speaker of SHOUT week!
  • an environmental justice activist and generally pretty cool!
  • monday march 11 7PM in Lorimer Chapel
    • get tickets in the Spa from 12-2 on tuesday, 11-1 on wednesday-friday
  • megan’s office hour will be moved from 6-7

shout week

  • the theme this year is environmental justice!
  • collaborative hike with COC is being planned

t shirt design/sticker contest

  • we are having a contest to design a new t shirt and sticker!
  • submit designs to coc@colby.edu by March 22
  • we can use up to 3 colors
  • an email will be sent out by Julia

leader swag

  • you will get cool thing as long as you:
    • become a leader
    • AND lead 2 trips by april 2


  • we recently posted a statement on civil discourse
  • COC is in opposition to frat/secret society activity
    • especially in our cabin (privileges will be revoked)

coc mystery

  • 7 UP bottle is missing
    • kaitlin was planning to steal it post grad

question of the week

  • unknowing ants 8
  • knowing ants 9

oh my my this was CLOSE

bigelow buds

  • gear
    • ski poles are being bought!
    • ski shelving is being finished
    • if you have gear in your room/car/possession, BRING IT BACK
  • trips
    • absent
    • if you are a leader, we have a trip leader resources folder!
      • please contact us if you don’t have access
    • spring LTT is coming
  • events
    • craft night in the works
  • cabin
    • absent
    • check out our statement on civil discourse or HERE
  • sugaring
    • some of the buckets fell :/
      • reparations in the works
  • d&i
    • dialogue trips in the works!
      • and dialogue dinners on campus!!
    • trip leaders look out for a sign up form

HOT SEAT: Grace Horne!

  • max
  • um kool aid
  • orca whale
  • do i get to hide in it? then yes
  • 5 spoons
  • katahdin last year
  • 12 grapes
  • corduroy
  • uhhhh one? one
  • ooh eustis basement, toilets are so low, “natural angleage”
  • hickory horned devil
  • she pointed at something but i didn’t see
  • she has been LEADERED

tune in next week for another episode!


loyal readers,

another day another winter surprise. today involved “walking through a flavorless slushie” and a wind tunnel as you walked from foss. what ever could be next? snowpocalypse? buildings freezing over? personally i would enjoy something ~unexpected~. like glitter. just falling from the sky. sure it’s slippery and pervasive but imagine the style guys. let me just say you would never need to worry about your outfit being dull…

speaking of the minutes which we weren’t, here you are my friends!


what we done did

  • julia went walking with multiple dogs! it was more like a arb march
    • abby’s dog disappeared, didn’t fall into a tree well
  • joseph fought snowballs! no one won but everyone won
  • jackie hiked maiden’s cliff
    • “aren’t you in a boot?” eeeeehhhhhhhhh
  • ryan told max to go up rumford whitecap, he did
    • ryan has more fans than i ever will
    • sweat and so many dogs
  • grace went ski in arb before the nasty rain
  • caroline took old people on a nature walk because she was nearby
  • michael saw rad slacklines and tried, but failed
    • the snow was there to protect him
  • addie went for a run that turned into a walk
    • there was a cool owl in a tree! it’s a sign….
  • deirde went snowshoeing for the first time in the arb!
    • they were supposed to go to round top
      • SHOUTOUT to flexible leadership tho
  • molly went to sanders hill
    • it was sunny and nice
    • people like to hike with injuries apparently
  • kaitlin went skiing at quarry road for the first time
    • go early in your college career! it rocks!
    • abby also went to quarry road (she got on it early)

what we gon do

  • grace wants to hike bald rock mountain
  • addie would be interested in a shorter sunday trip
    • grace is also interested
  • megan wants to go somewhere saturday
    • joseph wants his co lead! what a COINCIDENCE
  • julia may do something informal at 11:59 AM
  • caroline is doing her co lead with max saturday!
  • michael and martin are going to the sugaring farm again!
    • first weekend after spring break
  • kaitlin wants to do overnight xc ski trip this friday
    • maine coast conservancy yurt
    • looking for a xcing coleader
    • grace is interested! man she is getting out there this weekend

annual survey

  • we are looking for feedback here!
  • please circulate the link! win prizes!

new d&i head

  • it’s ***Lacey Wright***
    • congrats
  • also thank you to Joseph and Colleen for applying!
  • even if you didn’t run, we would love your ideas!

shout week

  • mid march- put on by PCB
  • this year’s theme is diversity in the outdoors
  • collaboration on hikes
  • carolyn finney! she is awesome and is giving a talk


  • wavus is looking for some great leaders
  • a wilderness tripping camp for girls
  • megan worked here so pls bombard her with questions


  • wilderness tripping organization all over the US/world
  • coming to campus for interviews and info sessions
    • wednesday 7pm Diamond 141 info session
    • it will be SAM (former co pres!) and will (we don’t know him…)
  • shoot questions towards michael stone

question of the week

  • baby IN a backpack 10
  • baby WEARING a backpack 17
  • imagine the size of the backpack! great counterbalance for their heads

big buds

  • gear
    • we WILL buy xc skiing poles
    • max gave an impassioned speech about the map in the corner
  • trips
    • absent
    • lead trips! ask us about trips! we love trips!
  • cabin
    • the wood is not at the cabin
    • one of our sleds is broken
  • d&i
    • new head new head new head
    • help us become more inclusive!
      • we are looking for ideas and promise
      • “frickin heck yeah”
    • carolyn finney!
    • dialogue trips are coming back!
      • trips to maine huts to converse about relevant social issues
  • sugaring
    • the sap floweth, despite the weather
    • contact martin if you want to help!
  • events
    • movie night or game night soon
    • craft night???????????? yes

see you next week!


dear reader,

i have one word for you and one word only: blue. no, it isn’t just the name of the adorable and incredibly intuitive dog on blue’s clues. it is a mood, a type of jeans, my favorite color, a berry. we can all strive to be blue: flexible, honest, loyal. blue is a way of life. it is SO MUCH MORE than a color. ode to blue! but most importantly, it’s the color of the sky! wait- shouldn’t you be outside now?

alas, here is a summary taken from the inside of what we done did in the outside:


what we done did

  • joseph was very much outside in WFR / megan in WEMT course
    • lots of fake blood, FIRE, megan was crying, gross, ahhhhhh
  • grace strapped some planks on her feet for corduroy frozen water adventure
    • she went to flagstaff hut
    • lots of sweat
  • olivia went for a pretty cute jaunt in the arb
  • hannah got lost near the apts and went rock climbing in the forest
    • this is apparently a relatable issue
  • abby went skiing at quarry road
    • it was “wild”, she saw a soft and fluffy teenage dog!

what we gon do

  • bentley and megan are going to round top on sunday
    • it will be SUPER FUN come with us
  • joseph is looking for a future co-lead
  • keenan might want some snowshoeing adventures
    • chat with him re: co-lead
  • colleen and dom are going to boston! for the ansel adams exhibit
    • keenan is overwhelmed by the prospect
  • michael is down to lead a trip, he likes outside
  • kaitlin wants to xc ski to grand falls hut

annual survey

  • we want your feedback! on trips, leadership, communication etc.
  • fill it out HERE to win prizes!
  • we are especially looking for non-member feedback
  • PLEASE publicize this link to your friends

office hours

  • 7-8pm monday-thursday, 10-10:45 am friday
  • please check out gear DURING office hours
    • the 6 people with the gear code will appreciate this!

cabin wood

  • the cabin is being reloaded with wood (people could DIE)
  • dean wants help lugging it in! friday afternoon
    • also some trash pack out…

coot apps

  • the application is live! closes thursday at 11:55pm
  • coot is awesome! not just about being “outdoorsy”
  • the app does take some time, please look at it before thursday!


question of the week

  • loaves of toast?
    • yay 8
    • nay 11
  • the whole concept is weird man

bigelow buds

  • gear
    • absent
    • gear is FREE to borrow!
    • please return borrowed gear!
    • working on new ski poles, ski storage
    • have a suggestion for new gear? contact us!
      • NOT rollerblades
  • trips
    • spring LTTs in the works- waiting for winter to thaw
      • if it “continues to winter”- cabin LTT
    • trying to reform LTT curriculum
      • looking for feedback, contact keenan or michael
    • looking to become a leader trainer? contact keenan or michael!
  • cabin
    • new furniture is coming!
    • painting the floor in the works for april!
  • sugaring
    • they tapped 40 trees today!
    • collection happening every day until APRIL
    • talk to grace horne / martin to sign up for shifts
      • you get credit for helping→ maple syrup!
  • events
    • movie nights and game nights in the works!
    • smaller night events maybe
  • d&i
    • election voting coming out soon!
    • we are excited for big things


until next time!


hello there and welcome to my blog!

don’t you just love spring semester? a foot of snow to come, wind chill, windows in hillside freezing over… as the temperatures drop and you all soon become increasingly spiteful and grumpy more learned individuals, i encourage you to try and seek warmth during these trying times: in the depths of the arb, in the feathers of down jackets, or even in the kindly spirit of a friend (awwww). but we all know the best way to defeat the cold is to embrace it! so strap on some snowshoes/skis/microspikes/otherwinterformsoftransportation, look winter straight in the face, and say “roar”. works every time.

anyway, read my minutes!


what we done did

  • joseph went to wfr (megan also went to be a wemt)
    • not distinctly outside, but in the realm
  • grace and olivia went to french mountaiiinnn (and went up too!) was ice
    • none of the above
  • will went yonder to popham beach. cold water for surfing
    • he couldn’t even cry due to the vaseline
  • max and bentley and friends went part of the way up old speck
    • the snow felt fake and did weird things to the mouth region
    • snowglobe snow? conspiracy? is old speck real??
    • blood and sweat, too cold for nude
  • megan and soren went to big rock cave in nh
    • it was spectacular! magnificent spelunking and icy structures
    • they also went uphill both ways, oops
  • caroline went skiing at icy quarry road
  • keenan and family moved to great diamond island!
  • kaitlin made a fire on runnels with coc comrades
    • there were snow tears, the fire melted into the snow

what we gon do

  • grace and max want to (maybe) teach people to xc ski or go on an adventure or will figure something out on xc skis idk man
  • michael wants to plan another sugaring farm tour
    • maybe a tour or maybe doing some work, definitely sugary
  • kaitlin is interested in a night hike
  • caroline lunt (absent) is interested in an easy friday afternoon trip- contact her!

COC annual survey

  • every year, coc sends out a survey to gain feedback about how we are doing
  • it will be in the weekly email and fill it out HERE
  • you can win a leatherman, a night at the cabin NOT WITH MEGAN, t shirts
  • fill it out!

winter ktahds

  • going out this weekend with michael and nat
  • if you are on it, you know
  • will be an awesome and chilly time! amazing views
  • maybe another one in march


  • we have an opening for this awesome position
  • incredibly important and impactful in making our club a welcoming space
  • send platforms to K council by february 17 at 7pm to be read at the meeting


  • friday february 15 at 8-10 (?) in foss
  • a folk dance, mixture between line and square dancing
  • is super fun! partner optional! following commands!

COOT apps

  • the application is live! any returning student can apply!
  • an opportunity to mentor the youth!
  • NO outdoor experience is necessary
  • tabling in the spa this week! an application and an interview! due feb 21

avalanche skills

  • on march 1, ryan is doing an avalanche skill workshop
  • you will be able to check out backcountry and avalanche gear for personal use
  • information will go out through ryan

carolyn finney

  • she is coming to talk during shout week in march about diversity in outdoor spaces
  • she wrote the book club book, we have it!
  • a generally amazing perspective


  • runs summer trips for teenagers (biking, hiking, service, language, photo)
  • you can apply to lead said teenagers and get paid for it (wow)
  • trips ranging from 9-20 days
  • looking for responsible and dynamic leaders
  • check em out at the career fair if this strikes your fancy

question of the week

  • is soup a meal?
  • sure, it is filling enough – 23
  • no way, just a side- 2

y’all are WRONG, surprisingly decisive

big buds

  • trips
    • jan plan LTT went spectacularly!
      • a training trip, critical part of becoming a leader
    • working with trip feedback and implementing curriculum
    • spring LTTs in the works
  • gear
    • ordering new xc poles and boots
    • working on new ski storage, less destruction
    • bring back checked out gear for the love of GOD
      • taryn and max will send you angry emails beware
  • sugaring
    • buckets were washed
      • syrup sans twigs! amazing
  • d&i
    • instagram feed about pertinent people in the outdoors in honor of black history month
      • if you have ideas of people, send them to will
  • events
    • see bentley and grace about ~events~
  • cabin
    • absent
    • dean’s personal items have been removed from the cabin calendar
      • whew
    • you can rent the cabin, just need a pick up-drop off deal

now get outside!


hellooooo friends!

another week has come and gone, and with every passing day, the looming specter of the spring semester grows nearer.  soon, the carefree cold of jan plan will be replaced by the fretful frigidity of february and march.  one may be tempted to stay inside, in dana or in bed.   HOWEVER you must do the OPPOSITE.  head for the hills!  homework, labs, and essays can’t find you hidden in a tree or under the snow.  evasion is the only solution.

but before you go, read these minutes!


what we done did

  • joseph and some folks went on an LTT
    • ice ok it went really well
    • “i think i learned a lot”
  • bentley went sledding!
    • nearly killed the toboggan
  • michael went skiing on friday as did many others for the first time!
    • conditions were crap
    • he looked “lonely and sad” in the parking lot
    • john dowling went snowboarding on the trip and
  • soren went skiing at quarry road
    • his inner thighs hurt
  • lily went up french mountain!
    • and then got part of a choco chip pancake at early bird
  • max and michael went cross country skiing on saturday and then taught people how to ski on a pretty hard trail
  • kramer went to the maine lakes resource center
    • for a class
    • no one knew what it was for
      • the center, not the class
  • michael went to pies on parade in rockland and had a whole lot of pie
    • this should really be a COC trip
    • tickets are $30 but you get a badge and a fork

what we gon do

  • wednesday trip to quarry road to go sledding?
    • potentially with bentley and max
  • kaitlin might wanna lead a night hike
  • wow there might actually be trips
  • tele ski clinics this wednesday
    • EDITORS NOTE these were all lies there are no trips


  • bigelow bud updates!
  • two new interim trips facilitation!
    • michael kramer! a veteran bud
    • keenan boscoe!
  • if you wanna become a leader or get some help leading trips contact these wonderful people!

diversity and inclusion

  • we have an opening!
  • if you’re interested in working on the COC’s ability to be inclusive and diverse, then we’d love your help!
  • it’s a pretty open ended position but please talk to K Council for more information / to send in a platform!

winter and k tahds

  • weekend of feb 16th! katahdin! winter! amazing!
  • sign ups this coming week!
  • if you’re a leader and interested in leading it, email michael kramer
    • can’t use this as ur co lead, sorry


  • soren pre-memorial poll
    • would you rather cry jelly or sneeze whipped cream?
    • jelly 5
    • whipped cream 13
    • duh


  • trips
    • there will be a spring LTT! fear not
    • also winter katahdin is a thing!
    • talk to michael or keenan if you wanna see a specific trip or become a leader!
  • gear
    • trying to buy some poles, ski boots, and insulated boots
    • maybe a toboggan
      • maybe for the toboggan race in camden
  • cabin
    • absent
    • but it was great during the LTT
    • running low on wood
  • sugaring
    • the season is actually coming up somewhat soon
    • talk to martin if you wanna participate in the harvest!
  • events
    • wednesday night: movie night!
    • tuesday night: game night!


that’s all from me, folks! and this time I mean it

for the last time, toodles


hello there!

thanks for tuning in.

jack frost? more like JERK frost am i right? he has come to visit us with icicles: on the trees, falling off of buildings, drooping from your beard, in your hearts (ouch). what a wondrous gift he has brought for us! from the sparkly whites of the magical snowflakes to the daring blues of PPD’s road salt to the graying of your freezing skin, he has brought us a rainbow of JOY. so snuggle up to your radiators and hunker down because winter has only just begun.

anyway, here are my minutes! yes haw!

what we done did

  • keenan went arbshoeing
    • perkins brook is frozen, he heard rushing water
  • taryn went skiing on chapel hill
    • there was a jump! she jumped! maybe 3 seven-up bottles high
    • “it was actually pretty good”
  • joseph snowshoed from ams to bobs and swandove into the banks
    • ‘twas cushy
  • larkin tried to hike coburn. it was really really cold and pretty
    • they also hit moxie falls!
    • “uh i uh like coburn”
  • max went cross country skiing with the rents
    • it was fun. taryn was there
    • louise has great technique. stu has endurance.
  • soren went to the mountain with bentley and john
    • they rediscovered bentley’s cave!
    • challenging elevation gain
  • michael and brittany went to the ladies delighthouse and walked on the frozen lake
    • there were people snow ice fishing

what we gonna do

  • max and bentley are doing the “1st annual Julia Von Ehr in absentia hike”
    • sunrise hike, french mountain, early bird (PANCAKES)
  • michael would totally lead a trip this weekend not friday
  • max feels obligated by the grips of campus life to lead cross country skiing at 10am on saturday, looking for a co-friend

winter LTT!

  • it’s happening! we have s p o t s
    • sign up here by monday night
    • we got a sign up. and another one! oh MY MY
  • an essential step in the leader process
  • from saturday-sunday on great pond in the COC cabin!
  • we will be toasty and learn important leadership skills and be toasty

diversity and inclusion

  • we are holding an election for this vacancy at the beginning of spring semester
  • this bigelow buddy is important in making the COC a more inclusive space
    • involves collaborating with PCB and the Colby community

learn to ski

  • 3 different types!
  • cross country ski
    • 10am at quarry road! classic or skate ski
  • telemark skiing
    • must know how to make parallel turns and a hockey stop on alpine skis
    • sign ups here!
    • pre trip meeting on tuesday! if you sign up, show up
  • alpine skiing
    • at sugarloaf!
    • run by outdoor education, spots chosen via lottery
    • this friday AND sunday
    • check out ColbyNow for sign ups
    • we can outfit you with coats, gloves, snow pants, hats, smiles, etc.

quarry road

  • we just got 6 passes to quarry road! incredible!
    • for cross country skiing!
  • you can check these out during office hours and return them after use


how many emus does it take to defeat a moose?

  • five 2
  • fifteen 6
  • thirty 4
  • moose are indestructible 1

might need to see this one in action

big buds

  • gear
    • taking a field trip to home depot oh jeez
      • duct tape and shelves are on the docket
      • we will be flush with duct tape ideally
    • we have gear! come check it out! heh
  • events
    • game night tuesday at 8!
    • movie night thursday at 8!
  • d&i
    • see above!
  • sugaring
    • absent
    • def out there prepping for a bountiful syrup harvest
  • cabin
    • pls dont go this weekend
    • there is still wooood
  • trips
    • absent
    • winter LTT
    • keenan is excited
  • whittling
    • wednesday at 7 (for real this time)


that is all for now my friends.

later skaters,


hello krusty krew!

over winter break I am sure we all salivated over the thought of gliding effortlessly across the smooth, shimmering ice of johnson pond.  alas, it remains buried in snow.  BUT, colby has thoughtfully prepared an alternative: the walk between the spa and dana.  come borrow some skates from our gear room and enjoy this thrilling chute of salty, dirt-laden ice!  alternatively, borrow some cross country skis and glide across the still-snowy paths of frat row! and if you’re not in the mood for that, then come check out some gloves and a winter coat to finally make the cold of east tolerable!  the options are limitless!


anyway here’s what we did and what we may or may not do in the future:



stuff we done did

  • joseph went snowshoeing up french mountain and then went to camden and skipped some stones (over 20)
    • pls note that the beach in camden has prime skippy stones
  • larkin went outside
    • last night
    • it was night time
    • reportedly cold
  • megan re learned how to cross country ski to quarry road with max
  • bentley went up a fire tower, it was windy and cold and sunsety
  • some ppl went to the loaf
  • max and soren and austin went mostly up east kennebago mountain
    • kaitlin is mostly proud
    • “there is shame in turning around”
  • charlie raced in cross country skis in vermont today
  • bentley hiked up to see some wind caves over break
  • over chrimas michael ran around outside in the dark
  • max also went skiing over winter break and went to a hut or two
  • soren climbed the peak above the nubble over break
  • kaitlin walked her dog and found a dead deer (oh dear)
    • “pretty frozen”

stuff we gon do

  • bentley and soren will ascend the mountain! on thursday
  • max is interested in leading a skiing trip
    • learn to ski
    • or adventure
  • megan, on saturday, would like to go to round top or sanders hill
    • maybe with michael
    • casual lil friendly snowshoe
  • soren and especially kaitlin will ascend coburn mountain on saturday
  • PEOPLE should lead these requested hikes:
    • the annual early bird trip
      • which is actually in the works
    • ice fishing
      • like maybe

winter LTT

  • leader training trip!
  • a necessary step in becoming an outing club leader!
  • two weekends from now! 25th and 26th of january
  • we shall travel to the outing club cabin and live in relative warmth
    • AND learn about general leadership things
      • like how to manage groups and how to set up a tent and other important things

winter Ktahds

  • first trip this weekend
  • you know if you are on it
  • there is a second one feb 16-17
  • professionally guided
    • “it’s like really lit”

night of 1000 glow sticks

  • this wednesday!
  • maybe not 1000 glowsticks
  • but people encouraged! to go outside! and enjoy themselves!
  • meet at COC office at 7 to pick up gear
  • ice skating on Johnson Pond, sledding, snowshoeing in the Arb
  • if you want to HELP, fill out this form

tele clinics

  • telemark skiing downhill (free the heel!)
  • we have tele skis!
  • our ryan linehan will be leading these to teach the populace
  • first one this wednesday! check your inboxes for info! sign up here!
  • must know how to parallel turn and hockey stop on alpine skis

learn to ski day!

  • learn to ski program at Sugarloaf
  • fully funded by Colby!
  • limited spots, check ColbyNow/ outing emails for signups
    • it is a lottery signup
  • it is SUPER FUN
  • we have warm gear you can borrow 🙂

book club

  • we will be sponsoring a book club
  • Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” by Carolyn Finney
  • reading a few chapters a week
  • meeting tuesdays 6-7 in Dana Camp Room


  • car horns 4
  • car antlers 18
  • entirely obvious

big buds

  • trips
  • sugaring
    • absent
    • another trip to sugaring farm is coming!
    • sugaring fact: during the day you need temperatures above freezing and in the night you need below freezing temperatures for sugaring
  • cabin
    • it’s there
    • in winter: only accessible if you get dropped off and picked up
    • new furniture is coming
    • there is woooooooddddddd
  • gear
    • we got new sleds! yay
    • they are cool and foam and snow SCREAMERS
    • we will attempt to wax all the XC skis in the next week
      • more info coming- we need your HELP HELP HELP
  • d&i
    • one of our d&i heads has stepped into a new role
    • so we need a new one!
    • bring us your passion
    • we will be holding elections this spring
      • stay tuned my dudes
      • prepare your platform for the vote
  • events
    • game night tuesday at 8
      • last one was rockin
    • movie night thursday at 8
      • it’s brother bear 🙂
  • whittling
    • its BACK
    • this wednesday at 7
  • will
    • he is the social media guy
    • send in your outdoor photos!
    • he wants cool social media stuff! like stories
    • DM them to @colbyoutingclub
      • shameless plug: follow our insta it’s gonna be rad

until next time!



hello friends!

yes, the final COC meeting of the semester has come and gone.  whatever shall you do with your time? if only your professors could assign you some work or give you some exams to look forward to.  anything to fill the void.

for real though, in this final stretch of academic hell, don’t forget to stretch your legs, your eyeballs, your lungs, and whatever other organs of which you’re particularly fond.  throw a snowball at an enemy, slip in some friendly arb mud, or practice your yodeling from the nearest treetop.  it’s good for the soul.


what we done did

  • joseph went to rumford white cap and traipsed around and made a snowman and threw snowballs
  • larkin went outside with henry and kaitlin and hiked on some rocks and it was so pretty.  “um no”
    • larkin DID NOT fall
  • molly taught jackie how to nordic ski and there were almost tears! so it was a success
  • michael went to the maine botanical gardens (#3 bestest in the nation)
    • and he went with an alumna (spencer’s coot wife)
  • max and bentley went up some of burnt hill
    • there was three feet of snow at the base and more snow above that and generally a lot of snow
  • soren and megan tried to go swimming at the cabin and the pond was frozen and it was sad
  • macey went to the hume and emma went swimming (in related news)
  • spencer went skiing (surprise surpriseeee)

stuff we gon do

  • max would be interested in leading
  • there will be kayak clinics (from 6:30 to 8) and it’s the LAST CHANCE in the history of the world to go to a clinic with the notorious LBR!
  • soren and keenan might go up french mountain!

trivia night

  • yeah we’re having one!
    • friday night!
    • in foss!
    • 8:00!
  • a mix of outdoor and general trivia
  • we will figure out teams once we get there
    • show up in a pair, alone and unprepared, or in a group
  • there will be PRIZES

meeting next week

  • unfortunately it does not exist
  • because it is reading period and y’all need to read
  • email megan for outdoor adventures if you’re interested

jan plan

  • over jan plan we’ll have a whole variety of programming because it sucks being indoors for a month
    • night of 1000 glow sticks!
      • a fun lil night things with glow sticks!
      • like hot cocoa, ice skating, cross country skiing
    • movie nights!
      • we’re forever taking suggestions
    • trips (of course)
    • cross country skiing trips (for learners)
    • game nights

whittling opportunity!

  • kaitlin used to lead whittling wednesdays
    • she is looking for an administrative assistant / camden comrade to run whittling!
    • all you need to know is how to spread and take down a tarp and tell people not to cut themselves
      • and it’s FUN
  • if you’re interested in heading this up, email kaitlin or k-council to help the greater whittling community
    • JOSEPH is interested and he will head this up


  • this pole or that pole?
    • 11
    • 11
    • an unprecedented TIE that I am currently unable to process



  • leader training trip in jan plan! the weekend of the 25th
    • probably
    • it would be held at the COC cabin accompanied by a functioning woodstove


  • we just got more snowshoes
    • they’re bright red
    • “have you used them?” “YES well no”
  • we will soon get more head lamps
    • monday update: they’re in and being inventoried!
  • and they have $$$ to burn
  • they want to wax all of the skis so if anyone wants to help come to office hours
  • ALSO if you have your own skis that you want to wax
    • we have tuning equipment available for use!


  • absent

diversity and inclusion

  • absent


  • we ordered a hydrometer to tell how much water is in the syrup
  • this will help us know how much water is in the syrup
  • overall a positive development


  • ya there’s trivia night and all of the jan plan jazz


  • bentley!
    • lava
    • left pinky toe
    • like that one
    • my great grandfather
    • something kind of uh chert
    • katahdIN
    • tley
    • right nostril
    • i don’t know
    • lydia?
    • that one
    • didgeridoooo
    • olin basement
    • johnson pond
    • mashed potatoes
  • spencer!
    • it is like college with a paycheck
    • seventeen
    • no she said favorite year
    • guinness
    • sometimes
    • NOOO
    • definitely the one that i’m dating right now
    • chilliams
    • martin because i just hurt his feelings before
    • logan
    • times they woke me up before my alarm
    • leading tele clinics with ryan linehan
    • i don’t think we had any on any of my trips
      • i tried to keep up with eli hanschka and arthur cassidy skiing and now i can’t walk
    • my maine hunting boots cause they’re like bean boots but retro


that’s all from me!  crush your final week and then your finals and then have a great winter break!