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: https://www.skireg.com/cmsc-5k-trail-run-and-paintball-run-biathlon ! Contact cwallack@colby.edu for more information.

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

Spencer will be skiing this weekend…………..contact smmartin@colby.edu if you want to get aggressive.

Employer Week: $$ for being outside with kiddos

Overland (http://www.overlandsummers.com/our-leaders/lead-for-overland/) – Sunday the 2nd for presentation at COC meeting, and Monday the 3rd for a formal presentation and informal interviews!

Wilderness Ventures (http://www.wildernessventures.com/employment-opportunities/) – Monday the 3rd for interviews, Tuesday the 4th for presentation!

Apogee (http://www.apogeeadventures.com/about-us/our-leaders/lead-for-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: http://www.colby.edu/outingclub/get-involved/committees-2/


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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 wwqin@colby.edu 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 smmartin@colby.edu 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 smmartin@colby.edu or lmgillen@colby.edu
  • 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 slotempi@colby.edu
    • DamNation screening October 29th!! Watch trailer here: http://vimeo.com/41319363
    • 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 (sjshimer@colby.edu) 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 (spbutler@colby.edu)
  • 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.


Location: Township 6 North of Weld

Date: 10/13/14

Trip Difficulty: 2

Trip Length: Day trip


Gregory and Drew led an amazing trip to Tumbledown on the Monday of Fall Break. The sun was shining, the temperature was in the low 60s, and everyone had an amazing time! Some parts of the trail were rather rocky.




Others involved waterfalls.



It took less than two hours (with many breaks and 13 people) to get up to the incredibly beautiful pond just below the summit.


From there, it took only about twenty minutes to get up to the open summit ridge, which had amazing views.


There, we ate lunch, hung out, took selfies,


… and took several other pictures that perhaps shouldn’t be posted in a public forum such as this one.


We also met several other Colby-related hikers – other Colby students, and a few Colby grads, one class of ’88 and another, Matt Silverman ’12, who just so happened to be a former Treasurer of the COC. Good times were had by all.


We made good time going down, and got back to Colby just after 6.