And so (almost) concludes the 2016-2017 Outdoor Tomfoolery…

What we did:

  • Lisa, Michael, and the Wolfpack went kayaking, and the Wolfdog himself said it was rad, so you know it was rad
  • The Bossi duo slept overnight on Runnals and successfully avoided moisture while also befriending the alarm clock/dog named Rudy
  • On Saturday, people journeyed to the Climate March in Augusta and marched against climate
  • A crew led by Max and Soren and driven by a daring Logan ascended both Crockers on snowshoes – a nude moose was spotted
  • Martin carried sap across campus and Roxanne subsequently approved of the resulting syrup
  • Maddy and Amy led a spring break reunion trip to Round Top
  • A whole slew of folks got WFA certified with an unidentified instructor!
  • Park and associates went swimming at the Hume Center and is planning a sequel for Wednesday
  • Sam and Logan led a trip to Tumbledown, and were blessed with blood sweat and nudity
  • Katie led her grand ‘rents on a walk along the Kennebec, no one fell in
  • Lilli mocked (hammocked for the uninformed) in the arb and encountered scary frogs
  • Soren went to Popham Beach on a field trip and watched ospreys eat seals
  • Spencer skied in Tuckerman’s Ravine with Collette and her parents, mucho snow was present

What we will do:

  • STUDY for ya finals since there aren’t official trips during reading period
  • Let the ever faithfuls know if we’re heading outside because who wants to study
  • Kayak clinics this Monday (5/1) from 7-9!


  • They’re in
  • They’re awesome
  • Come sign the one in the office if you haven’t
  • Sign up for tabling HERE since we’re selling them for $10 in the spa

End-of-Year Cabin Shindig!

  • Sunday from 4-7 PM
  • Both meat and faux-meat will be present
  • Canoeing! Awards! Fun for all!
    • Nominate people for awards at because people did awesome things this year!


  • Community Outreach:
    • Congrats to next year’s head Nat!
  • Events:
    • Hooray to Brittany who will head events next year!
    • CCAK BBQ is this Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM
      • Fun team building! Free food! Free T Shirts!
      • Sign up HERE
    • Congrats to our photo contest winners!
      • Julia von Ehr, Katie Nicolaou, and Sam Wells took home gold, silver, and bronze for their rad pictures
  • Gear:
    • Congrats to Michael Stone and Katie Kelley as next year’s gear heads!
    • Also bring your gear back unless you wanna pay for it!
  • Sugaring:
    • Yay Martin, headin up Sugaring next year!
    • Boiling is DONE and we have three gallons of syrup!
    • It’s delicious
  • Cabin:
    • Yippee new head Kaitlin!
  • Trips:
    • New platforms are in! Look at em HERE
    • Also update your leader profile or email Brittany to get one if you took WFA!

Hot Seats!

  • Caroline
    • Otter, carrot, bobs, mudd 2nd floor, hannah’s the prettiest, hannah’s the mommest, maine, hannah’s the bossiest in k-council, washington, spoon, oak, thunderstorms
  • Keller
    • 0.7 mm, fold, toes not cold, tevos are better, minny, 7 up, maybe in minny, plastic things, def in minny, asparagus, broccoli, this ugly couch, idk no fruit in minny
  • Tom
    • Garamond, word, jellyfish, 3 miles, nephew of joe biden, dead body in runnals, invertebrates, hand in a blender, bigelows, all mtns are pretty great


And that just about does it for official Outing Club shenanigans this year, sadly.  But there’s plenty of outdoors to enjoy anyway, get out there and get tan / freckled / burnt!  See y’all next year, and you seniors better come back to visit!


Con mucho amor




Ok. Please don’t freak out…but we are more than halfway through April. That means we have a couple short weeks of very busy *official* outdoors shenanigans left.


Before today’s meeting:

  • Sam and Ana led a COC dialogue trip to Flagstaff hut. They reported good dialogue and some blood.
  • Soren, Max, and others went up Saddleback. It was both “awesome” and “legitimately awesome”. There was also some nudity.
  • Soren also went up Mount Megunticook with his Aunt and cousin. There was significantly less nudity.
  • Amy and Logan led yet another dialogue hike. In addition to good dialogue Logan got to see the Bigelows from another amazing, and equally beautiful, angle.
  • Kaitlin went on a hike to a place that was in NO WAY aptly called The Mountain. There was NO summit and NO views. She also went to the COC cabin and reported that there is still some ice on the lake but the majority is water. (cue Lisa urging everyone to go swimming in freezing cold water).
  • Logan and the Woodspeople went canoe practicing on the Messalonskee stream.
  • Chris and the crew team had a regatta (which is a pretentious word for boat races). The days events were as such: hop on a bus and sit, hop in a boat and sit whilst rowing, hop on a bus again and sit.
  • Caroline and myself went to Bowdoin and played two games of frisbee, we lost both games, but played well and had fun, and that’s all the matters…right?!? (pls affirm me, I don’t like losing).
  • Speaking of discs, Samwise and Scoot played disc golf. They hit two windows and had two people curse them out. Not bad!
  • Lastly, an LL bean boot shaped vehicle came to campus on Friday afternoon. You know, in case you forgot what LL Bean boots look like.


After today’s meeting:

  • Spencer and Logan have senioritis and want to get outside during the week…hit them up for adventures!
  • We need leaders to lead hikes for the MLRC event this Saturday. Hit up Hannah Bossi or Maddy Wendell for more info.
  • Kayaking clinics are still going on 7-9 on Mondays in the pool in the AC. (even though the Linehan family won’t be there it should be fun)
  • There will be whittling on Wednesday!


Democracy – The Saga Continues: 

  • Platforms for Bigelow Buddy positions will be due next week. These positions include:
    • Trips Facilitation Committee
    • Gear Committee
    • Events and Community Outreach
    • Sugaring Committee
    • Cabin
  • We are also adding another level of leadership roles, these jobs will be a step lower than a committee position in terms of responsibility and we are calling them Camden Comrades. Peep your emails this week for more info.



  • Gear:
    • This Tuesday there will be a whisperlite repair clinic.
  • Trips:
    • There will be office hours tomorrow night
    • LTT is this weekend (probably)
  • Sugaring:
    • This past Thursday Spencer, Martin and other boiled sap
    • The sap is being refrigerated right now
  • Events:
    • On Thursday from 10- midnight the COC will be having s’mores with admitted students! Come eat gooey campfire goodness and get some prospective students stoked about the COC.


Because I am feeling uninspired about my ability to write a blurb for the ending of these minutes I will leave you with this weird cliff hanger of a final sentence.

– Julia


Today we were joined by a very special guest, a relic of COC days of yore, who descended upon our meeting from the realm of adultdom to tell us that, yes, life goeth on after college. I’m talking about Sara LoTemplio ya nerds…last year’s co-president and the outing club’s once and future queen. Thanks for visiting ya troll. ANY WHO, here be the minutes:


Here’s what happened:

  • People went to Sugarloaf to ski and listen reggae music. Hint hint ’twas Reggaefest.
  • Abby went outside and hit Lisa twice (translation: Abby and Lisa were skiing and ran into each other).
  • On Saturday Julia and Sam led a dialogue hike to Flagstaff hut, there was good food, good trippers, and good discussion about hypermasculinity in the outdoor liberal elite.
  • On Sunday Maddy and Anna led a dialogue hike to Flagstaff hut, I’m going to assume there was good food, I’m going to assume there were good trippers, and I’m going to assume there was good discussion (basically y’all gotta come to the meeting and talk about your trip).
  • On Sunday Keller and Lilli and co. went on a hike. They ran into, or rather drove into, some trouble…


… but after some skillful driving from Keller they were off again with no further problems. Woot woot!


What’s gonna happen:

  • Soren wants to lead a hike up Saddleback! Speaking of backs, everyone needs to pat Soren on the back for being rad and leading so so so so so so many hikes.
  • There will be two dialogue trips this weekend. One led by the dynamic duo Sam and Ana, and one led by the static duo Logan and Amy.
  • Logan wants to get sendy in a canoe, and hopefully someone else does too!
  • Roll clinics are still Mondays from 7-9 & there will be a RAD beginner paddling trip before the end of the year!
  • …also get yer running shoes out and yer legs ready for some mud because it’s almost trail running season KIDDOS
  • The Bootmobile will be here on Friday, April 14th yeehaw!


Poll! We forgot to do a poll so I’m making one up off the top of my head right now.

  • Who is a better sexcretary (Sam or Julia)?
    • Sam: 0
    • Julia: 0
    • Gunther the plastic penguin that lives in the gear closet: 7.5 billion


COMMITTEE COMRADES (I’ve just made an executive decision to change the name of our Bigelow Buddies):

  • Gear:
  • Trips:
    • The Leader Training Trip (LTT) will be LIT. It’s on April 21st-23rd and ya gotta do it to become a leader.
  • Sugaring:
    • It looks like sugaring committee is going to have 4 to 5 gallons of delicious syrupy goodness. Yum.
  • Events:
    • Eat s’mores with admitted students (April 20th)
    • Sign up to work at Colby Cares Day (April 22nd)
    • Peep yo emails because we’re gonna be having a photo contest.


MLRC (Maddy Loves wRiting Curriculum…)

  • …but not alone. If you want to help come up with the curriculum/ agenda/ activities for our diversity and inclusion retreat on April 22nd to the Maine Lakes Resource Center contact Maddy Wendell (


In case you live under a rock you probably noticed that Maine finally remembered that April is when spring happens. So take off your shoes and get out your shorts, your hammocks, your slack lines, your frisbees, your bikes, and go sit on Miller lawn procrastinating like the rest of us.

peace n luv n vitamin d,


Welcome back my outing peeps! With spring break behind us we have 4 short weekends of outdoors goodness ahead of us before the end of the year, and you can bet yer butt that these weekends will be filled with maximum send. Buckle up, my friends, because these minutes are jam packed with information on upcoming events:


Yesterday (all my troubles seemed so far away):

  • SPRANG BREAK FUN: Maddy + Amy led a COC trip to Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, they liked Bryce the most most, their favorite meal was “some interesting pancakes”, there was also thunder and lightning
  • SPEAKING OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Abby and I led a COC trip to Point Reyes National Seashore in California it rained and stormed a lot but overall it was amazing and beautiful.
  • RED RIVER GORGEOUS: Logan and others went on a CMC trip (*gasp*) to Kentucky where they ate Miguel’s Pizza and Chipotle, drank Ale 8s, and got sendy in the sport climbing hub of Murica.
  • A B C D E F G H I J-TREE: Fini, Austin, Peejay, and others went to Joshua Tree in California and did some tRAD climbing. “It was very dirty and fun”
  • MICHAEL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA: He was lookin’ for a soul to steal. He rowed some boats with the crew team.
  • HANNAH FREAKING PETERS: came back from UMO to tell us about her National Park touring spring break trip to New Mexico
  • R.I.P. TO LAURA’S CAR: Lilli, Laura, and Katie went backpacking in the great smoky mountains and unfortunately Laura’s car died. PSA the great smoky mountains are prettier in the summer, according to Lilli.
  • HIGH TIDE: Scott drove to one of the Carolinas (I can’t remember which) to play some frizzzbeee. The women came in 3rd place. The men did not.
  • WOLFDOG AND POW: the perfect spring break trip. Ryan Linehan took Lisa and others to Canada and they shredded the gnar.
  • SPENCER: did nothing of importance.
  • THE END OF BIKEBERNATION: Jared took his road bike out of winter bike hibernation and went on joyous spring ride


  • This past weekend Soren, Max, Austin, and others (but not Caroline because she slept through it) drove to upside down Vermont (aka New Hampshire) and went up Mount Waumbek.
  • Logan went splitboarding down Runnals…the only thing of importance in this story is that Wolfdog has a splitboard in his office that YOU can borrow.


Tomorrow (now it looks as if they’re here to stay):

  • Lilli and Keller are gonna lead a day hike this weekend
  • Logan wants to go canoeing sooooooooooooooon so keep yer eyes peeled fer a canoe trip in the near future
  • Dartmouth invited us to Riverfest  on the weekend of April 21st-23rd there will be a white water race (class 4) amongst other paddle related things. Contact Lisa ( for more info!


Poll – Narrow or wide mouthed Nalgene:

  • Narrow: 3 (heathens)
  • Wide: I lost track but it was the overwhelming majority of people in the room (I think about 3 people didn’t raise their hands)



  • HEY THERE HO THERE lets talk about privilege.
  • On the weekends of April 8th and April 15th we will be having day hikes to Flagstaff hut (of the Maine Huts and Trails). At Flagstaff trippers will have a facilitated discussion about issues of race, gender, social class, privilege, and inclusivity in outdoor spaces. YAY! If you want to lead one of these trips contact me ( If you want to go on one of these trips check your email for sign ups.


  • In addition to dialogue trips we will be having an off campus conference at the Maine Lakes Resource Center where we will have activities, discussion, etc. all regarding these same issues of diversity and inclusivity in the outdoors. YEE HAW.
  • Contact Maddy Wendell ( if you want to help plan this day!



  • Gear
    • currently recovering from spring break hence the messy office
    • return your gear from spring break
  • Trips
    • The Leader Training Trip will be on Friday April 21st – Sunday April 23rd
    • Sign up if you want to become a leader
    • Also, sign up if you want to shadow to become a leader trainer
  • Cabin Sugaring
    • sap is being collected
    • boiling will be happening soon
    • email Ryan ( if you want to get involved
  • Events/ Community Outreach
    • This Friday snowboarder Kevin Pearce will be coming to Colby to talk about his experience in dealing with a life changing traumatic brain injury 8pm in Ostrove (and it’s a wellness credit).
    • On Thursday, April 20th come to the COC office to have s’mores with admitted students
    • On Friday, April 21st the L.L. Bean Bootmobile will be here!!!
    • Volunteer with the COC for Colby Cares Day (April 22nd) from 9-12
  • Whittling
    • whittling is effectively canceled unless people show up



  • It’s almost the end of the year which means elections for positions in the COC are coming up!
  • Platforms for co-presidents (must be rising senior) are due by 7:00pm on April 9th
  • Platforms for secretary (can be half year position) and treasurer (at least rising junior and up, must be here for the full year) will be due on April 16th by 7:00pm
  • Platforms for Bigelow Buddies will be due on April 23rd by 7:00pm
  • email if you have any questions


HOT SEAT ANSWERS (Martin edition): times new roman, bern—oh can i chose both ok maple syrup, davis, 802, marijuana??, bobs, crunchy, i didn’t, it fits with the aesthetic, four


OKAY ALRIGHT, BIG BLUE MOON, APRIL IS CRAY. There is so much stuff going on this April so be on the look out for emails. Lastly, I know that school is ramping up right now and finals (and graduation *ahhh*) are looming. But don’t forget to take some time to catch your breath, get outdoors, and send it. Your brain will thank you later.

With love,


Although it seemed like spring had sprung, the weather quickly said “nope” and plummeted back to arctic temperatures. Which means we’ve got SNOW coming our way. If that makes you excited for more snow shenanigans then get amped! If that makes you angry beyond belief because you just put away your snow boots and are sick of winter…well, sorry (but, hey, spring break is in a week)! Here’s what we’ve been up to:


Some time in the past:

  • Spencer and Mom Spencer went in the arboretum for a stroll, they got lost, Spencer contemplated leaving his mother alone in the woods, they got unlost, they went to pub night, all was well.
  • Spencer attached sticks to his feet and went downhill (skiing). Woo!
  • Abby said she went for a walk around Johnson Pond on a warm, sunny day…nobody believes her because “warm” is not how I would describe last week’s weather.
  • Logan and Brother Logan and Father Logan went cross country skiing at Sloaf.
  • Speaking of cross country skiing…Charlie went to New Hampshire to watch NCAAs and apparently someone named Zane did well. Go Zane.
  • Owens, Lisa, Ian, and Michael went on a guided jaunt up Katahdin. I hear that’s a pretty easy hike to do in the middle of the winter. (In case you didn’t pick up on my sarcasm I am KIDDING and they are RAD).
  •  Max and Sam and others walked into the arb before sunrise on Saturday and promptly left because it was freakin’ cold. They then randomly decided to go watch the sunrise on Miller steps, no one else was there as no college student has any reason to be on Miller steps at 5:58am on a Saturday morning.
  • LOL kidding, happy belated Perrocabeza.



  • There won’t be any trips going out next weekend due to the fact that EVERYONE WILL BE ON SPRING BREAK.
  • But while you are still at Colby enjoy the snow this week!



  • If you want gear from the COC for your outdoor adventures YOU NEED TO SEND AN EMAIL TO  BY TOMORROW.
  • Gear is being allocated to spring break trips right now so if you come in on Thursday evening looking for gear chances are there won’t be any left for you.



  • If you happen to be taking photos while you are out and about romping in the wild over spring break send them to so we can post them to the COC INSTA!


Franks vs. Cholula

  • Franks: 3 (heathens)
  • Cholula: 9 (Chloe Boehm phoned in from New Zealand and voted for Cholula an additional 37 times)



  • Gear:
    • if you need anything for spring break fill out the form before TUESDAY
    • don’t move anything in the COC office or ABBY WILL PERSONALLY SEE TO YOUR DEMISE
  • Sugaring:
    • the weather is funky but they’re collecting sap
  • Events/Community Outreach:
    • Movie night on Thursday?????
    • possibly


Next Year Elections:

  • Elections for next school year’s committee heads and K-council positions are going to be soon after spring break
  • So keep that info in yer noggin if you’re thinking of running for one of these positions




– Julia





Did you know that the Colby Outing Club was founded in 1914?


Anyways, here’s what we did this weekend:

  • Sam and Michael and Soren and others went up Mount Phillip this Saturday. IT. WAS. WINDY.
  • Soren and Maddy went to Blue Hill, but the most important part of this story is that they visted Grandma Soren and she MADE DOPE HOT CHOCOLATE AND GOT THEM A 4 FOOT LONG SANDWICH. (I wonder if this is the same Grandmother who knitted Soren a scarf in Colby’s official school colors of Colby Blue and Priscilla Gray).
  • Caroline, Logan, Sam and others snowshoed up and down Saddleback. The adjective that best described conditions on this trip was “crusty”.
  • Lilli “Life Alert” Garza and Parky Park took a funky bunch to the Hidden Valley Nature Center (no relation to the salad dressing). They snuggled in sleeping bags and had two fun days of adventure.
  • Julia (me!) and Hannah and Max and others woke up EARLY this morning to watch the sunrise from French Mountain. After this long and strenuous endeavor we all ate our body’s weight in Early Bird food.
  • Carter and others went Nordic skiing (one of Colby’s 32 varsity sports teams) this weekend, conditions were chilly. Gavin from Dartmouth won, but what matters most is that Colby looked the best.
  • Fun fact: Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country, and was founded in 1813 as the Maine Literary and Theological Institution


Next Week:

  • SGA wants us to lead a Sunrise hike that ends on Miller steps for Doghead (fun fact: Colby’s campus has only been on Mayflower Hill since 1952)
  • Max wants to lead another XC skiing clinic at Quarry Road
  • Roll Clinics will begin tomorrow (Monday) from 6-8


Dialogue Trips and Green is Not White 2.0:

  • facilitated discussion about privilege in the outdoors + Maine Huts and Trails lunch + hiking = the perfect weekend (aka Dialogue trips)
  • Green is Not White part deux will take place on April 15th at the Maine Lakes Resource Center…keep your eyes pealed for more info about this
  • contact if you want to help organize these events
  • (cool tid bit: Mary Caffrey Low Carver was the first female graduate of Colby College)



  • so…we have a new waiver
  • you can find them printed out in the office in a bin that says “Blank Waivers”
  • don’t use the waiver that’s online (that’s the old waiver)
  • did you know David Greene is Colby’s 20th president?



  • Gear:
    • we got 10 new pairs of microspikes
    • if you want gear for spring break there will be a gear request form going out soon
  • Trips:
    • Ryan has WFA dates, we don’t have WFA dates, hopefully we will soon have WFA dates
    • There will be a Leader Training Trip going out at the very end of this year
    • Sam and Brittany weren’t here to pass on this info because they were deliberating for COOT (which btw was started in 1975)
  • Sugaring:
    • Sugaring is partnering with other clubs on campus to do a sugaring open house so peeps can learn all about how we make syrup right here on Colby’s 714 acre campus
    • Email Ryan Clemens if you want to be added to this list
  • Events:
    • Jared sent in a platform to be the new events chair!!!



  • fact the first, Colby College used to be called Waterville College
  • fact the second, Colby College also used to be called Colby University
  • fact the third, the COLBY OUTING CLUB HAS A DOPE INSTAGRAM (send us your pictures if you want us to post them)



  • there is ice lurking EVERYWHERE
  • wear yer microspikes and snowshoes kiddos
  • this has been a PSA
  • Colby’s first female varsity sport was Basketball…this has been another PSA



Ok, you’ve now read all of the minutes and you may be wondering “why all the Colby fun facts?” WELL LET’S JUST SAY THAT OUR GOOD ALUMNI FRIEND, BYRD, AND OUR GURL, SOPHIE, LED US TO COLBY TRIVIA GLORY ON FRIDAY NIGHT. It. was. exhilarating.


Lux Mentis nuditas Scientia,


Today I realized that I can add gifs to this blog post. SO GUESS WHO IS ADDING GIFS TO THIS BLOG POST? (Me). Also if you pronounce gif “jif” you can just leave now.

No wait, come back, I’m kidding….read my minutes:


If you operate under the assumption that time is linear, these trips happened in the past:

  • Soren and others went on a grand adventure to Caribou Pond/Valley (not sure which, it was lost in translation) Road, they put things on their feet and skied to South Crocker Mountain, then they put other things on their feet and hiked up the mountain. Apparently Soren almost took out Jared’s eye; on behalf of the entire outing club I’d like to tell Soren to not do that again, please.
  • The legendary Sophie Janeway and I took 30 people to Sunday River on Saturday. The conditions were spring skiing meets horror movie fog (aka wet and low visibility) but so many people took lessons and learned to ski!!!!! Also the alpine team had their last race of the season.
  • Samwise “Meatball” Krumholz found a meatball truck but the meatballs were expensive and he left in a huff.


These things may be happening in the “future”, whatever that means:

  • Sam is leading a day hike next weekend.
  • Michael may be doing something this weekend, he was very unclear.
  • Logan wants to do something hard this weekend. That is all.
  • The CMC-COC co-sponsored Katahdin trip will be in two weekends (aka Doghead) it will be led by Owens and someone else (maybe me?!?!)
  • Kayak ROOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL CLLLLLLLLIIIIINNNNNNIIIIICCCCCSSSS with the notorious LBR will begin on Monday, March 6th from 7:30 – 9:30.


Dialogue Trips/ Green is not white:

  • Dialogue trips 2.0 are happening
  • They will be in April (weekends TBD)
  • There will be a weekend of hikes and a retreat at the Maine Lakes Resource Center


Front Wheel vs. Back Wheel:

  • Front Wheel: 8
  • Back Wheel: 12
  • Yes I am equally as confused. Don’t get mad at me I just write down what happens.


WE HAVE A NEW TRIP WAIVER. WOOT WOOT. (Hopefully it will be online soon too, fingers crossed).



  • GEAR:
    • there’s new shelving in the gear room
    • as per usual there will be biweekly office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8
  • TRIPS:
    • Office hours from 7-8 on Mondays
    • Trees were tapped on Sunday
    • Ryan reports that the trees were happy to see them and equally as happy to be stabbed repeatedly with spiles
    • If you want to plan an event contact Maxwell Abramson


Speaking of the events committee…

  • It looks like Rachel Bird put a Defense Against Dark Arts position-like curse on the Events Committee Chair before going abroad because for the third time this year there is an opening for this spot
  • Applicants who:
    • are harboring the Dark Lord on the back of their head
    • are named Gilderoy Lockhart
    • are impersonating the auror Mad-Eye Moody
    • are the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic
    • are known Death Eaters
  • EVERYONE ELSE: Send your platform to before next Sunday’s meeting.



  • we are making new COC T-shirts
  • enter a design for a chance to win $50
  • also then we all get to wear your design on our bodies


ADVENTURE FIRST. SAFETY IS A CLOSE SECOND (jk safety is first always)

  • the weather has been weird
  • the ice is melty
  • don’t fall through the ice
  • remember, kids, anthropogenic climate change is real, the earth is dying, stay woke

(don’t be this penguin)


TOASTY CHAIR (Sam became a leader!):

  • coconut oil, bowline, times new roman, don’t cock block road head, ringo, all the best, no preference, syrup, Williams third floor, the ground, a whole salmon.


I’d like to end these minutes with shoutouts to two stellar people:

1. To Nat, we’re gonna miss you, thanks for all the goofy enthusiasm you bring to the COC.

2. We’d like to wish Momma Bossi the happiest of birthdays. Only someone really really rad could keep both Bossis from coming to the COC meeting.

Anyways, here’s a gif of a puppy to brighten your Monday evening.

– Julia

Hey! You there. We like going outside. I hope you do too. Come read about our adventures!


El Pasado: 

  • Maxwell, Scott, Soren, Caroline, Maddy, and “you don’t have to list all the others” went to Quarry Road and learned to Cross Country Ski (they had an eXCellent time).
  • Max went to go ski again. He got in his car drove his car back and forth in his parking spot, accepted defeat, wished for snow tires, and walked back inside. Max’s struggle was shared by many this past week (RIP to all the cars with no 4 wheel drive)
  • During the snowstorm Ryan (not Wolfdog) and Sam went romping in the snow around Foss. Long story short…there was a lot of snow. The lesson here, kids, is to have a snow shovel with you at ALL TIMES.
  • Soren, Logan, Sam, Austin, and others went up Burnt Mountain/ Burnt cHill. Here are some words to describe the adventure: windy, lunch, yummy, snowball, fight, burnt
  • Game night was fire. Max brought “Resistance” and no one could resist how fun it was.
  • Ryan, Sawyer, and Kestrel Linehan (with some small additional input from Spencer) led a tele skiing clinic on Saturday night at Titcomb (hey, don’t laugh) Mountain last night. Titcomb Mountain has once been described as “400 feet of vertical dank”. There were rope tows, t-bars, and only one instance with Ski Patrol but we DON’T TALK ABOUT THAT.
  • During the snowstorm snow day  Matt and many others did some very essential walking around in the tundra. Matt, however, did not walk in a buddy pair so he is being expelled effective immediately.


El Futuro:

  • Lilli really really really really wants to go to the Maine Huts and Trails.
  • Logan wants to go somewhere and do something over 4,000 feet in elevation (yes this is super informative)
  • Max wants to lead XC ski clinic 2.0 at Quarry Road.


Weekly poll:

What’s up with the word Bi-weekly?

  • Bi-weekly (as in twice per week): 4 votes
  • Bi-weekly (as in once every two weeks): 17 votes

RESULTS: EVERYONE LOSES…Biweekly technically means both twice per week and once every two weeks (definition).

So in conclusion…the English language is freaking weird.



  • Gear:
    • Still doing renovations to the gear room (meetings biweekly hehe)
    • Meetings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8
  • Trips:
    • Monday night office hours
    • Talk to Brittany Bossi or Samwise Gamgee Krumholz if you wanna be a leader
    • Spring WFA is approaching…keep your eyes peeled for emails
  • Events:
    • MAX ABRAMSON is the new co-head/cohort of events
    • He won by one vote in a tightly contested unopposed election
  • Sugaring:
    • because of climate change we can tap really really really really soon
    • and that means emails will be coming in the pretty immediate future
    • Sugaring meetings at 7:35 on Sundays


We’re Soren, flying (Soren became a leader today!!):

  • just the plain one because its cheapest and I’m a cheapskate, I’m soaring, cuz we haven’t tapped the trees yet, two, water, jumping, jumping, jumping, chillside


It has (once again) been my pleasure to do these minutes in lieu of my homework. I’d like to earnestly thank you, dear reader, for keeping up with this weekly forum for the past few weeks. So ta ta for now and I’ll see you again soon!

Your sexcretary who is freaking out because she just realized March is in a week,

Julia von Scare

On the eve of Snowpocalypse 2k17 the ever faithful members of the Colby Outing Club met once more to discuss outdoor adventures past, present, and future…here’s what they discussed:



  • people went to watch movies at BANFF, it was lit, supposedly.
  • Ryan had a lovely, meditative solo ski on Saturday.
  • Harry, Max, Soren, Fini, and others put big things on their feet and walked around in the snow. They initially wanted to go to Blue Hill (but that backfired), so then they went to the Mountain (and that backfired too), so then they snowshoed along the Messalonskee Stream Trail. Then their car got stuck in the parking lot for 45 minutes (car related tears were shed).
  • Park and Lisa went tele skiing, it was the first time since Parky Park’s hip dislocation!!! He posted a #adorbs insta (follow @parkcawley on the gram).
  • Maddy, Max, Caroline, and Erin went adventure XC skiing, which I think is like regular XC skiing but with extra sending.
  • Maddy, Arunika, and Jason went spontaneous snowshoeing in the arb. They also went on the Posse Plus Retreat!!
  • Maddy took me XC skiing for the first time this Friday. She said, and I quote, “You are quite possibly the worst cross country skier I have ever met.”
  • Also, side note, it looks like Maddy got outside A LOT this week (go Maddy)!



  • that is all…



  • Maxwell “Silver Hammer” Abramson and Maddy “Miracle Whip” Wendell will be leading a cross country skiing trip this weekend for beginners!!! YAY


Samwise’s Weekly Poll* 

4 vs. 5: 15 for 4 and 6 for 5

*let it be known that everyone thought this was a stupid poll question



  • Trips:
    • office hours on Monday’s from 7-8
  • Sugaring:
    • new email chain (ask or for more info)
    • get psyched to shovel some snow



  • Max ran unopposed for the new events chair…we think his chances are great!


Hot Seat (aka new leaderz):

  • Michael: davis, 10 feet underneath the ground a few feet from decoy dead dog in the arboretum but I wouldn’t kill it, pepsi, couch, degrade, both, arm wrestling no real wrestling yes, fold, because this one is empty, this is cheer wine
  • Max: maximilien robespierre, print?, diner swanky, prince ali, I don’t have good names the one from where I live, chartreuse, three, back of my head, I’m going with three again, 3 8 or 91, I voted for 91, ariel, davis



I’d like to thank the universe for making snow. Sincerely,




THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SECOND SEMESTER OF THE YEAR. From the bottom of my heart I’d like to welcome back all avid readers of this forum/ lovers of the outdoors. Here be the minutes:


Jan Plan Break and Beyond:

  • People went skiing at sugarloaf (shocking, I know)
  • Max, and Maddy, and Fini, and Sam, and some Acadia Mountain Guides mountaineered up Katahdin. They also mountaineered down Katahdin. It was sendy.
  • The once and future sexcretaries (Samwise and myself) made a triumphant return to the COC after jan plans off campus with a less than triumphant hike to Mount Megunticook, followed by lunch on Mount Battie, and a stroll to a lighthouse.
  • Abby went to Quebec and cross country skied in FRENCH. It was fun.
  • L cubed (Laura, Lilli, Lola) went on a hike to Sears Island. They saw some “nice” rocks.
  • Spencer is taking a WEMT class, that’s like an EMT but with upgraded Wilderness skills.
  • Bossi squad + Julia went on Johnson pond. (Johnson pond PSA, don’t let your skates get stuck in the cracks, you will fall).
  • Grace “the truant” Fowler skipped the first 3 days of school and back country skied in COLORADO with E Q Wood (we are all envious).


Future outside:

  • Fini, Maxwell, and Soren are leading a hike up one of the many Bald Mountain’s in Maine (more on exact location later)
  • Lilli and Catharine (??) are leading a trip to do some trail work in Bradbury State Park.
  • The Second Annual French Mountain sun rise + Early Bird breakfast hike is happening. It will be led by myself and the Notorious HJB (Hannah Jean Bossi).


Super Duper Future outside:

  • Talk to Abby if you’re interested in leading a white water rafting trip (with guides) this spring


Adirondack Trail Improvement Society (SUMMER JOB!!!!!):

  • Sophie worked here for like 6 years. You get to work on a trail crew (no experience necessary) and help maintain over 105 miles of trails in the Adirondacks. Email Sophie ( for more information.



  • BANFF Mountain Film Festival is going on TOUR in Maine. We are trying to organize transportation to go this weekend. So keep your eyes peeled for another email from meeeee. Here’s the trailer for it. Get amped.



  • Trips: Trips descriptions go to Julia (not Sam) now. They need to be in before 8 on Monday.
  • Gear: meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays on Wednesday
  • Events:
    • Keenan made a movie starring Sage and Max. There will be a screening at 6pm on Thursday in Kassman Auditorium. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.
    • Hannah Peters’ farmer heart needed to go study agriculture and we miss her dearly…but we now have an open committee head spot, apps are due before next week’s meeting.


Shout outs from Sam/Spencer: Apply for COOT and Hall Staff!!!!


Peace n luv,



PS Next week is bring a new person to a meeting week. Bring your friends!!!