The Office of Campus Life and COOT is looking for awesome people to be Iced COOT leaders. Help integrate a new group of First Years into the Colby Community! More details and application instructions can be found in the document below.



First and foremost, it SNOWED TODAY!! The COC celebrated accordingly (see Owen’s eloquent account on our Facebook page).

Trip Reports: Due to the seasonal transition, we didn’t have many official trips go out this week, but many folks still enjoyed Maine this week!

Spencer skied on Mt. Runnals and Lorimer Hill!! Gettin’ after it, as expected.

Ben took out his canoe on Ellis pond, and found some “cool old stuff” including a rock with a golden triangle on it. Send conspiracy theories to please.

Hannah Lafleur and Nate Eberly, both graduates of Colby class of 2011, were here to present about job opportunities with Overland Summers, but they also got outside this week! They hiked the Kinsmans in NH! Way to be.

Owens tried to enjoy the snow, but was unfortunately hit in the face with a snowball from very close range.  Her vision is recovering, but if you see her wish her well!

Seth and friends enjoyed the COC cabin this weekend…so they didn’t really get outside, but we’ll still count it.

Gretchen gave a couple haircuts outside, and a snowball came inside Miller Library. So some crazy activities happening in unexpected places!!!!!!!

Upcoming Trips:

Grace wants to hike on Saturday or Sunday (see email from Grace, Lidia, or Teddy with details)

Seth will be stacking wood and setting up lines in the sugarbush (behind the Alumni Center) on Thursday!

Brandon needs a co-lead!! Contact if you can help him out!

Spencer and co will be going to Sunday River, which is open on Monday only (?) contact with quomments.

Gregory and Nick will be leading a trip the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 22nd, so keep your eyes peeled for that future trip!

Leader Training Trip THIS WEEKEND:

As a part of our new Leadership process (see below) we will be holding leader training trips this coming weekend, going to Acadia!!!!

Leadership Process:

  1. Interest inventory / survey.  A way to connect with the Trip Facilitation Committee Heads, and decide the role you want to play as a COC leader.
  2. Shadow a trip.  Not assessed in any way, and not an official co-lead, but merely getting acclimated to the process of being a trip leader.
  3. Wilderness Advanced First Aid (at Colby Nov. 14th and 15th, otherwise look into WMA and SOLO programs nearby!)
  4. Leader Training Trip.  Establishes a curriculum that gives COC leaders a common curriculum for hard and soft skills when leading a COC trip.
  5. Co-lead (can happen prior to Training Trip). Evaluated co-lead of a COC trip, based on certain skills necessary (pre and post trip logistics, group dynamics, etc.)
  6. Interview. Not figuring out whether you’re qualified, but rather a final check in to see how the process was, and to establish your role as a COC leader moving forward!

Events Happening on Campus:

Friday at 5pm in Dana, we’re teaming up with the CAs. Sign up to head an activity here:

Katahdin Woods and Waters will be coming to speak in Olin 1 on Wednesday at 7 pm!

John T says look at his flow chart re: reimbursements! Very exciting stuff, he’s an artiste!



Would you like to lead trips for the COC? The COC is running a leader training course in Acadia on November 8-9th. No outdoors or leadership experience is necessary for this trip, just an interest in the outdoors. The trip is required to be a COC trip leader, but is open to the entire Colby campus. Interested? Let us know here.

Overland Summers happens to be a third summer trip organization making their way up to our neck of the woods. They’re making a guest appearance/reunion at our meeting on Sunday the 2nd, and they’ll be holding an info session Monday the 3rd at 7 in Diamond 141. You can sign up for a short, informal interview by contacting Nate Eberly (Colby ’11) at the email below. Hope to see you there! More info below:

Overland is hiring exceptional college students to lead our summer programs. We offer hiking, biking, leadership, service, language, field studies and writing programs to students in grades 4-12. Program locations include New England, the Blue Ridge, Western US, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, South America, Tanzania and Europe. Our staff of 150 leaders and support staff spend 10 days training and 6 weeks leading or supporting programs. We are looking for Colby students who are responsible, fun, dynamic and love working with kids. Leaders describe working for Overland as the most challenging and most rewarding experience they have ever had.
Contact Nate Eberly (Colby ’11) at to set up an in-person meeting while we’re on campus. For further information and to apply online, click here.


Apogee will be arriving soon to the Hill. Info session on Tuesday, November 11th at 7 in Lovejoy 215; Venture out out of doors this summer and earn some mullah. From the place itself:
Apogee Adventures is looking for current sophomores, juniors and seniors (age 20 or older by June 2014) to lead overnight Outdoor Adventure/Community Service trips in New England, Quebec, Montana, Oregon, California, Hawaii & Puerto Rico this summer. If you are enthusiastic, responsible, and love working with kids in the outdoors, come learn more! Hannah from Apogee (testimonial from Jeanne Barthold: she is fantastic) will be leading an info session on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Lovejoy 215.
They will be conducting interviews the following day! I will be there and I hope to see some of you there!

Wilderness Ventures is coming to campus. Go outside this summer and get paid to do it! Blurb below.

Hike the Spanish Pyrenees, ice climb Alaskan glaciers or sea kayak the Puget Sound—all while helping fantastic groups of teenagers become better leaders, communicators and young adults. Wilderness Ventures runs summer programs that focus on multi-activity backcountry travel. Students (ages 12–19) are able to develop leadership, communication and team building skills while experiencing our natural world. Doubling as teacher, facilitator and mentor, Trip Leaders introduce small groups to the merits of living simply while participating in backpacking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, sailing, fly fishing, biking, mountaineering and service project expeditions in beautiful places across the U.S., and as far away as Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Peru, Europe and Thailand. 
Responsibilities include teaching outdoor skills, minimum-impact camping, environmental and cultural awareness, outdoor education, and natural and cultural history. Applicants should have experience and an interest in the outdoors, but it is even more important to value working with teenagers. If your goal is to climb the Grand Teton, this is not the job for you. Your goal should be helping teenagers get up the Grand Teton, and helping them to learn about themselves and others at the same time. All applicants must be at least 21 and have valid CPR and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. A nice wage and all trip expenses are provided. Training for all staff begins in early June in Salt Lake City, Utah. An application can be downloaded online; internships are also available.
If you are interested in learning more about Wilderness Ventures, stop by our Info Session onNovember 4th or bring your resume to open interviews to the Career Center on November 5th. See below for more details.
Wilderness Ventures Info Session
Tuesday, November 4th
Lovejoy 203
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Wilderness Ventures Open Interviews
Wednesday, November 5th
Colby Career Center
10:00am – 3:00pm

If you happened to have missed the meeting earlier tonight, it ain’t no thang! Here are the minutes:

Trip Reports: Where We’ve Been

Carina, Kat, and Carolyn summited South and North Crocker, near Sugarloaf! They particularly enjoyed the sun’s presence.

Slotemps and John T tackled Mt. Blue with some frosh, representing one installment of COOTober! There was lots of nudity and even…a BAPTISM…! (let that marinate in your brain for a lil while).

Ryan and crew went fly-fishing! A few fish were caught, and a great time was had on the second trip of COOTober!

Seth biked 30 miles of the carriage trails in Acadia with some friends from home, which sounded nice.

Cat, John, Buck, et al hiked Burnt Moutain and it was icy apparently, with an early onset of winter?!

Molly, Kat, and John slept on Runnals and saw an awesome sunrise Saturday morning!

Gregory, Cassandra, Parwana and team went to Cutler Coast for the sunrise, but instead enjoyed the sky slowly get brighter. There was some nudity, so congratulations to them!

Drew got his SCUBA cert in Belgrade this weekend, and yes there are still fish in Belgrade! Enjoy it before the acidification sets in!! #climatechange

Spencer mastered his first roll in whitewater kayak on Thursday!

Grace went home and had a wholesome weekend with her cows.

Upcoming Trips: Where We’re going

Lidia and Teddy will hike this weekend! Details TBD.

The Quarry Road Painball Biathlon is Saturday 9 am – 12 pm! Sign up here: ! Contact for more information.

Seth will be stacking wood in the sugarbush at 4 pm on Thursdsay!

Spencer will be skiing this weekend………… if you want to get aggressive.

Employer Week: $$ for being outside with kiddos

Overland ( – Sunday the 2nd for presentation at COC meeting, and Monday the 3rd for a formal presentation and informal interviews!

Wilderness Ventures ( – Monday the 3rd for interviews, Tuesday the 4th for presentation!

Apogee ( – Tuesday the 11th.

*all awesome opportunities to lead outdoor trips for kids aged 11-18 (approx)!!!

Upcoming Events, brought to you by the Events Committee:

Oct. 29: DamNation screening in Ostrove at 7 pm.

Nov. 5: Katahdin Woods and Waters talk in Olin 1 at 7 pm.

Nov. 6: CA Event including cider, slacklines and hammocks and tents and good vibes.

Gear Thoughts, brought to you by the Gear Committee:

COOT gear can be used so tents, stoves, etc, don’t have to be bought!

Supplementary gear package (to restore current items) will be sent out for review in the next couple of days.

Big gear purchase will be thought out over the next few weeks. Initial brainstorm included snowshoes, ski boots, a gopro, a sweetstick, an eagle, ski bindings, mountaineering gear, fly-fishing waders, a paddleboard, canoeing things, and Spencer. Keep brainstorming!

Trip Leader Process Update, brought to you by the Trip Facilitation Committee:

Almost certainly there will be a Trip Leader Training Trip the weekend of Nov. 7th.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A TRIP LEADER, THIS WILL BE MANDATORY. If this is the case, please contact Owens (kostrawi) or Cassandra (crbiette).

Cabin and Sugaring Update, brought to you by the Cabin and Sugaring Committee:

Cabin is lookin’ good! Reminder that the loft is CLOSED at present. “Midlife crisis grill” will be bought soon, have no fear. Want to rent? Talk to Sara Jeanne (sjshimer)

Sugaring is going well, stackin’ wood on Thurs! Talk to Seth (spbutler)

If you want to join a Committee, go here:


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Want to go outside with the COC this weekend? Check out our upcoming trips below.

To sign up, go to our calendar tomorrow at 8pm. All Colby students are welcome to sign up, you can become a member after getting on the trip.
Crocker and South Crocker with Carolyn and Carina on Sunday
Awesome 6.2 mile/10km hike on the AT right next-door to Sugarloaf. Leave Saturday at 8:30 am, back by dinner. Promises of fine views and wet leaves. Sign up tomorrow at 8pm.
Saddleback with John B and Cat on Sunday
Fricken sweet hike up Saddleback Mountain, just south of Sugarloaf. On the AT. Awesome views. Many foliage. 11 miles/17km. A fairly rough ascent, but absolutely worth it. Leave Sunday at 8:30, back by 6pm. Sign up tomorrow at 8pm.
COOTober with John T, Ari, Ryan, Jake, Sara and Maddy
First years: wasn’t life so much easier when all you had to worry about was figuring out Big Blue Moon and rationing that tiny bottle of hot sauce? Relive the glory days with COOTober: three trips open only to first years, all Sunday, all-star leaders, lots of summer sausage. Jake and Ryan are going to be fly fishing, John and Sara will be going on a short day hike, and Ari and Maddy will be hanging out on the beach all day.
More info in an official notice from Ratchet Linehan tomorrow, Sign up tomorrow at 8pm. First years only, sorry.
One last thing–learn how to build an alcohol stove with John B on Wednesday at office hours at 7pm in the COC office!
Finally, have you seen this segment??? You need to watch it right now!

Location: Mt. Phillips/ Rome, ME

Date: Saturday, 10/18/14

Difficulty: 1

Length: about 3 miles

This hiking trip lead by John B was a roaring success! Students and their parents caravanned over in way more vehicles that could fit in the trailhead parking lot! The fog lingered at the beginning of the hike, but as we steadily climbed towards the top, the weather lifted. We were able to see beautiful views of Great Pond of the Belgrade Lakes. Many families took advantage of this photo-op! No extra gear necessary, but closed-toed shoes required. Simply followed the blue blazes around the Mt. Phillips loop.


MANY Trip Reports (due to fall break hiatus)

  • Over fall break Emma, Allison and Anna, had a splendid time hiking and canoeing in Baxter State Park. They missed a moose by about 2 hours, so better luck next time…!
  • Hannah K and Eliza BW did some hiking and canoeing around the Bigelows, met 5 moose and some French-Canadians (more interesting than the moose?)!
  • Margaux et al enjoyed a successful parent’s weekend potluck at the COC cabin! There was a great fire, but no grill (please keep eyes peeled on Maine roadsides for good deals?)
  • Drew, Logan, and Jack canoed Flagstaff lake. Much nudity! Much foliage! (What more could you want)
  • Gregory and Drew led a vintage Tumbledown hike: views, nudity, blood, laughs, tears, memories.
  • Carina attended Tread Fest in Augusta, participated in the road race, and highly recommends the Bond Brook recreation area to all!
  • Ben went canoeing with Carson and saw a weird tree on an island (adventure!)
  • Will, Caroline, and Alain hiked Mt. Abraham! They’ve dubbed it the “slushy trip,” and experienced wind-induced brain freeze (email with questions and concerns). Alain ate flowing bacon on the “tippy tip tip top” of the mountain, so be sure to congratulate him when you see him around campus.
  • Sarah, Cassandra, and Kimberly came in a close second to traitor Teddy and Jackson and George at the Foss cook-off. (Teddy was really just making sure to spread the COC wealth so that we had a better chance of having some representation in the winning team….you’re welcome!)
  • Owens, Brandon, Will, and Kyle did some ADK climbing over fall break! They went to chapel pond to enjoy some sick crag lines and delicious baked apples.
  • Danny Leaman completed his first roll in a kayak at the pool!

Upcoming Trips and Events

  • COOTober! The COC and COOT folk are joining up to rekindle the beauty that is first-year orientation trips. Freshmen only trips this Sunday, get psyched!! You can go fly fishing and canoeing with RKCOLE!
  • Cassandra and Parwana will be hiking to Cutler Coast to see the sunrise!
  • Cat and Bengtson will lead an overnight trip to the Bigeloooooooows!
  • The beginning of Fly Fishing Tuesdays! Learn how to tie flies with Ryan, Jake, and team this Tuesday during office hours!
  • Bengtson will teach how to make an alcohol stove this Fwednesday (?) during office hours.
  • PANTHER GROUP: Wanna go to Mt. Tremblant right after exams this December? Get a sweeet deal to stay in a 5-star hotel and ski 3 days and chill 3 nights with a great group of college students! Talk to with interest!

Committee Updates

  • Gear: about to make a gear order! If you have thoughts, join the committee or just let Logan and Spencer know. Either way email or
  • Events: shout outs to Margaux (potluck organization) and Cassandra (cooking)! Here are things that are happening soon…if you want to be a part of planning events contact
    • DamNation screening October 29th!! Watch trailer here:
    • Lucas Sinclair of Katahdin Woods and Waters is coming to speak November 5th!
    • Teton Gravity Research film will be coming in November (details TBD)
    • Registered keg, tent building, join with CA’s … extravaganza! November 7th!
    • WFA will be November 15th and 16th, mark yo calendars!
  • Cabin and Sugaring
    • Sarah Jeanne ( has made an awesome binder with the cabin forms! Go her! If you want to be a part of maintaining the cabin, choppin’ wood, etc, contact her!
    • If you want to stack wood for the sugaring season, contact Seth (
  • Trips
    • working towards new trip leader process!
    • see Owens’ email to vote on new structure!!!!!!
    • current leaders: please fill out Excel spreadsheet if you haven’t already.

Final Things:

Read the books that are in the office, learn!

Re: reimbursements: come to Wednesday office hours to sign form then, or the Sunday meeting. Making JTort’s life easier.