By Gregory Naigles

 

Location: Salisbury, Connecticut

Difficulty: 3.0

 

I wanted to find the perfect day for a hike. All last week was insanely hot, and over the weekend and in the first part of this week, it rained. However, I could see that June 3rd would be both sunny and not too hot, so it was the clear choice for my hike. I then had to figure out where to go. After thinking about this only briefly, the logical decision seemed to involve visiting the place where, only 14 months ago, I almost fell off an ice cliff. This hike also involved ascending the highest peak in Connecticut, Bear Mountain, located in the extreme northwest corner of the state. Driving up from home, I passed through Spencer’s old stomping grounds in Barkhamsted, and briefly wondered what he did in his spare time when skiing wasn’t possible.

 

(Just FYI – interesting fact. Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut, but it is not the highest point. Just northwest of Bear Mountain is Mount Frissell, whose summit is in Massachusetts, but whose south slope extends into Connecticut. The point at which the south slope of Mount Frissell hits the border with Connecticut is at an elevation of 2,380 feet, while the summit of Bear Mountain is only 2,316 feet. Thus, the south slope of Mount Frissell is the highest point in Connecticut, while Bear Mountain is the highest peak in Connecticut.)

 

There were three other cars at the trailhead on Undermountain Road (Route 41) in Salisbury when I arrived. I set off just before 11. The last time I had done this trail was that time 14 months ago, during Spring Break 2014. The trees and shrubs hadn’t bloomed yet, so I could see the countours of the area around me. Not this time. Everything was green and in bloom, and it pressed in against me, so that I could barely see off the trail. But I had hiked this trail, the Undermountain Trail, several times before (this was actually my sixth ascent of Bear Mountain), so I knew what to expect. I made good time up the first part of the trail, and made it to the junction with the Paradise Lane trail, a 1.1-mile distance, in almost exactly a half hour. This is pretty fast by my standards, although I’m sure Owens would have left me in her dust if she had been there.

 

At the junction, I knew that the Paradise Lane trail would be a right turn, so I took the first right turn that I saw. In not too long of a distance, I found myself in a camping area. This was unexpected, since I had used the Paradise Lane trail at least twice in the past, and neither time did I encounter a camping area. I assumed the trail must have been rerouted. But then the trail just seemed to end at the camping area. There were a few side trails there, but they were just to the wash area and the privy. The woods road that the trail had followed to get to the camping area quickly became overgrown and unblazed past the camping area. I was briefly confused, since I had never had this problem before, but then I saw a sign that said ‘Trail’, and a trail that went up the steep hill just west of the woods road. My confusion was only slightly allayed, since I did not recall this steep ascent on this trail either, but I followed the trail up the hill.

 

The short ascent took me up to the Riga Plateau, where the trail quickly ended at a T-junction. There were no signs at all, and only the trail to the left had blazes. However, I knew that I wanted to go to the right instead, so I took a right, and followed the unblazed but well-maintained trail for at least a mile. I suspected that this was the Paradise Lane trail, but I couldn’t be sure. However, gradually my suspicions were confirmed. The east side of Bear Mountain became visible from the trail, something that I remembered from past uses of this trail. In addition, the trail gradually became more blazed, and ultimately I arrived at the junction with the AT north of Bear Mountain, 2.1 miles from the junction with the Undermountain Trail.

 

I turned left and started the ascent of Bear Mountain. Just before the mountain reared up ahead of me, I passed through a flat area, where the trail to the cabin on the northwest slope of Bear Mountain meets the AT. The trail goes sideways up the mountain a bit, but then turns and goes straight up. The rock ledges were everything that I remembered them to be – big, tough, and fun. About halfway up, I saw a particularly high ledge, and a tree right at the edge of it, and recognized it as the place where I had almost fallen off an ice cliff 14 months ago. I remembered what happened – I had lost my balance on the ledge (not hard when the trail is icy and you’re wearing a backpacking backpack), and ended up sitting right at the brink of the ledge, straddling the tree, with it being the only thing preventing me from falling off the ice cliff. I couldn’t move because my backpack was heavy and my snowshoes couldn’t get any traction. If I had fallen off the ice cliff, I could easily have broken some bones. So instead, I took my backpack off and let it fall down the mountain, and without that weight I was able to get up and find a safe way around the cliff. Luckily, this time there was no ice or snow, so I was able to ascend the ledges without much trouble.

 

I always enjoy the summit approach on Bear Mountain. Finally the open sky comes into view, and gradually the monument as well. From the top of the monument, the views are amazing in all directions, but particularly north and east. Two people were there when I arrived, and I learned that their plan was to go back down the way I came up, and take the Paradise Lane trail back around to the Undermountain trail. They left about five minutes after I arrived.

 

While enjoying the views, I ate lunch, which was, as usual, a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich. I encountered a bunch of people at the summit – one thru-hiker, two people who looked like section-hikers, and a few others who were waiting for the rest of their group to show up (they never showed up – at least not while I was there). After spending a half-hour at the summit, I went down the much-more-gradual north slope of the mountain. I encountered a bunch of people on that section of trail as well, and they were all asking how far it was to the summit; this is the kind of trail where you always think that you’re almost there but never are. I made good time to the junction with the Undermountain Trail, which I took back down.

 

Just as I was approaching the junction with the Paradise Lane trail, I saw a pair of hikers on the Paradise Lane trail also approaching the junction. Sure enough, it was the two people who had left the summit five minutes after I arrived. We exchanged pleasantries, and as they continued down the mountain, I looked around briefly at the junction. It was not the same junction where I had joined the Paradise Lane trail going up.

 

I suddenly realized what had happened. On the way up, the first right turn that I saw, which I took, wasn’t actually the Paradise Lane trail; it was just the trail to the camping area. The actual Paradise Lane trail junction was a few hundred feet up the trail from that first junction, at the place where those two people had come out from. The trail that I had taken up the hill from the camping area was clearly just a connector trail. And the trail at that T-junction clearly was, in fact, the Paradise Lane trail, which explained why it went in both directions.

 

Now that I understood all of this, I was content to continue my descent. I hiked down the rest of the trail about 500 feet behind those two hikers. I made excellent time going down, taking only 80 minutes to descend from the summit to the trailhead. Thus, I spent a total of 3 hours and 20 minutes hiking (not including the half-hour I spent at the summit eating lunch), which isn’t bad for a 6.4-mile hike that ascends 1,600 vertical feet.

 

At the end, I felt satisfied, which is always the right feeling to have at the end of a hike. Bear Mountain had never failed me in the past, and it certainly didn’t fail me now.


By Gregory Naigles

 

Location: Weld, Maine

Difficulty: 3.2

 

I got bored during Senior Week; no more work, graduation preparations haven’t begun yet. Thus, I figured that the natural thing to do was to go hiking. I debated a bit about where to go – I wanted to climb Mt. Abraham (which I will do on Thursday), but I wasn’t sure about the snow and ice situation at the tops of those mountains. Thus, I decided to climb a slightly lower mountain before doing Mt. Abraham. I eventually chose Little Jackson Mountain, which is just east of Tumbledown, and about 400 feet higher, and has lots of open ledges at the summit and great views (on nice days, at least). Thus, Wednesday morning I left Colby eager to climb a great mountain (and do my first solo mountain climb in Maine).

 

I had waited until Wednesday because of the rain on Tuesday, and the weather forecast said that Wednesday would be partly cloudy but without any rain. However, this forecast proved to be a bit optimistic, as twice during the drive to Little Jackson there were brief periods of rain. However, the temperature was excellent (not too hot and not too cold), and there were very few insects to annoy me.

 

I decided to park at the trailhead on Morgan Road, rather than at the Brook Trail area and have to walk an extra mile. This isn’t recommended by Maine Trail Finder or the AMC Maine Mountain Guide, however it worked just fine. Morgan Road is a dirt road that is more rugged than the dirt road where the Brook Trail trailhead is located, however my tiny vehicle still managed to traverse it just fine, so it would be a piece of cake for Big Red or the Bossi-van.

 

The trail was easy to follow. The only unsigned junction is the first one, maybe 0.2 miles from the trailhead, where the Parker Ridge Trail goes left and the Little Jackson Trail, which I took, goes right. There’s a sign for the Parker Ridge Trail, but not for the Little Jackson Trail. The trail then ascended at a moderate grade. It includes two well-blazed detours around the dominant woods road where the road was washed out. The Pond Link junction was well-signed, and I continued to the right at that junction toward Little Jackson. The next part of the trail involved crossing several streams (very easy) and then went up a short, steep section on rocks and dirt. This part certainly requires exercising caution, but it wasn’t that hard.

 

The steep section leveled out at same time as the trail finally reached above the trees and onto the open ledges. From here, it was a very windy 0.8 miles to the summit. So windy, in fact, that I put on the extra layer that I brought just in case, and took off my hat since I was concerned that it would blow away. The day was a bit foggy, so the views weren’t quite as amazing as they would be on a clear day, but they were still excellent. The trail was a mix of open rock, and the kinds of vegetation that Sam is named after. It took me, a relatively slow, solo hiker, almost exactly 2 hours to hike the 3.4 miles and 2,300 vertical feet to the summit.

 

The summit had a large cairn and a USGS marker, and helpfully also had a small rock structure that offered some protection from the wind. If Eric had been there, we all know what he would have done, however I didn’t do that, since there really isn’t much point if there’s no one else there to document it.

 

I headed down relatively quickly, since I wanted to eat lunch somewhere that wasn’t quite as windy. On the way down the open ledges, the wind picked up, and my ears started to get very cold. I began to think that a hat like Lydia’s yeti hat might have been useful. I ultimately ate lunch just before the trail went under the trees – there were great views of Webb Lake and the mountains to the south.

 

I then ducked under the trees and went down the same way. It took slightly less time for me to go down. Ultimately, the whole hike took 4 hours and 10 minutes – 2 hours to go up, 20 minutes for lunch, and 1 hour and 50 minutes to go down. By this point the weather had improved, and the 90-minute drive back to Colby went smoothly.

 

I highly recommend this hike for people who want an alternative to Tumbledown in the same area, that is a little higher, a little longer, and still has lots of open ledges. The views were pretty good even today; I can’t imagine how nice they would be on a clear day. Additionally, Little Jackson is much less crowded than Tumbledown – I didn’t see a single other person on the trail today.


And then, on the first Sunday in May, they gathered once more.  Their boisterous laughs and winning smiles outdid even the most vibrant of the COC office’s graffiti art. The people elevated the room to a level deserved of only deities.  And gods there were, in attendance: a departing class of ladies and gentlemen who have graced this office, yes, but also these mountains and rivers and forests and snowfields, for four beautiful years. So, per usual, the Colby Outing Club celebrated a week of good times spent out of doors.

“So, who went outside this week?” John Bengtson ’15
  • Gregory Naigles ’15 went on a geomorphology field trip! School is cool, kids!
  • Lydia went in the arboretum for a jaunt, as did JB
  • Kim went running in runnals
  • Eric reported a “good” leader training trip to Acadia.  His nonchalance is inaccurate, folks!  Sleep with your eyes open till we get a blog post up on the site that is worthy of our adventures (we had 3 bottles of Chahlula……………)
  • Kat Belle ’15 danced her last dance at the ‘loaf on Sunday.  She and Molly Nash ’15 may not sleep inside again until graduation.
  • JB played croquet?
  • Ryan Cole ’15 and John Tortorello ’15 went to Chipotle…and walked between science buildings. John rode his bike once.
***Important: Owens made a motorbike. That’s the loud thing going around campus. She describes it as “like a chainsaw between my legs.”  Do with that what you will.
CABIN SHINDIG: It shall be Sunday the 9th
There will be meat. There will be non meat. There will be awards. (please send suggestions for all 3 to coc@colby.edu)
PLATFORMS for Committee Heads
Events: Hannah Bossi
Sugaring: Lydia Wasmer, Anna Krauss
Gear: Ben Wheeler
**Please vote in these non competitive races in the email that John B sent out!
WHO WANTS TO GO OUTSIDE THIS WEEK
not many people because of Loudness. BUUUT:
  • carina wants to hike the bigelows during reading period!!!!! We cannot endorse this, however, so this will be unofficial.
  • Jake Lester, Ryan Linehan and a CRU will be paddling’ the ‘ski on Thursday!

AU REVOIR MES AMIS I WILL MISS WRITING THE MINUTES SO MUCH haha I am coming back next year nerds !

Signing off,

Teddy “Sexcretary” “T$” Simpson


FUN TIMES WE’VE HAD!

Grace and Sam and Spencer and Eric and Chloe and Hannah all skied!

Logan competed with the Woodsmen team at the spring meet at Dartmouth (COC legends were met! maple sugarer!) – Girls placed 1st, so congrats to the best team in the northeast, and guys placed 4th!

Hannah, Chloe and Brittany went for a night hike (oooOOOOh) – kinda cloudy but still really nice.

Colby Cares Day:

  • John T and chloe and hannah and brittany and ben raked a lot of bags of leaves!
  • Ryan Cole went to the messalonski with EnviroCo and cleaned up 4 bags of trash! No TVs this time, which is actually a good thing! ***AND he added Hannah Bossi on Facbeook!
  • Eric C and Teddy went to Viles Arboretum in Augusta and dragged a bunch of half trees around a field.

Molly and Kat cartwheeled on the colby green for about an hour.

Owens DIDN’T GO OUTSIDE but Colby hosted an event with the National Women and Girls Sports Day. Nick P was a pretty good gal! The shirt for this event is really extensive, full text and citations attached (jk)

Syrup Update

Record production of 7.25 gallons. (7.25 x 40 gallons) plus throwing out 100 gallons of sap. THIS IS HUGE! Congratulations, and THANK YOU to all that helped out, and especially to Seth Butler and the Cabin / Sugaring Committee!!

Friday May 1st, from 1-3 pm we will have a pancake (breakfast?) in Pulver to celebrate this haul!

If you are really interested in the Sugaring Committee and operation in general, contact Seth Butler to be TRAINED next year.

Photo Contest

This will only exist if you send me photos.  SEND PHOTOS FROM COC TRIPS TO esimpson@colby.edu!!!!

Committee Head Platform Submissions

Next Sunday, we will read platforms for the following positions, so please submit!!!

– 2 positions for Events Committee Head

– 1 position for Gear Committee Head

– 1 position for Trips Committee Head

WHAT WE’RE AMPED TO DO NEXT!

Leader Training Trip! This Friday and Saturday, we will be going to Acadia to get some more leaders in da system, its gonna be reeeeeal cool.

Last day at the ‘loaf this Sunday!! Email smmartin@colby.edu if you wanna hit the slopes 1 last time.

**also: email Owens Strawinski if you or a loved one has a sea kayaking leading certificate. 


Last weekend, an enterprising group led by Gregory and Nathaniel had the wonderful opportunity to climb the Beehive Trail in Acadia. After months of preparation, including group dawn workouts, morning pool sessions, and Weightlifting Wednesdays, our group was finally ready to tackle the beast that is the Beehive. Hailed by Jared from Subway as ‘’the mountain to end all mountains, except for maybe that hill in my backyard,” the Beehive stands at a whopping 520 feet. And, the Beehive Trail has iron rungs built into the mountainside at the steepest sections- quite terrifying, but fortunately some of us only have a severe case of acrophobia.

After a dinner in Dana of burgers and salad, we departed for Acadia around 6 p.m. and arrived by 8. We quickly set up tents, and then, using our headlamps, we walked half a mile to Maine’s coastline to stargaze.  As we emerged onto a set of rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, we all collectively gasped. Alan had tripped on a rock, and fallen into the tumultuous swells below!! And thus the fellowship was broken, and our group suddenly became 7. (If Alan’s parents happen to be reading this post, do not be alarmed. He washed up in Bar Harbor a couple days ago with a big smile on his face and a starfish stuck to his butt.)

But seriously, the stars were beautiful. As we basked in the glory of the Milky Way (a fairly chill galaxy that lies between the Twinkie Solar System and the Mars Bars Constellation), Owens and Gregory serenaded the group with songs by Fleet Foxes. The duo left us utterly content, and we rested under the stars for far longer than we had planned.

The next morning, we woke up around 8 a.m. to a glorious morning- birds chirping, a cool, crisp breeze, and the sun steadily rising above the treetops.

As Nathaniel stood up, he felt as though he had a sack of bricks in his stomach. The Dana Burger. If any Acadia ranger is reading this, he would like to apologize for what he did to your bathroom.

After a breakfast of jelly, nutella, bagels, PB, and summer sausage- and another toilet run- we were off to the trailhead. First up was the Ocean’s Path, an aptly named trail that winded alongside the Atlantic Ocean, providing us with sweeping views. After a mile, we found the trailhead for the Beehive.

The trail ascended moderately, almost immediately taking us above tree line, before we encountered the iron rungs. One by one, we hoisted ourselves up over the cliffs of the Beehive, with only one minor fatality. Gregory, our fearless leader, led the charge, swinging haphazardly from one rung to the next like a monkey on monkey bars.

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Gregory courageously leading the charge.

Meanwhile, Nathaniel cowered in fear below a particularly steep section of rock, as Owens yelled encouragingly, “who made you trip leader, NARP!” (Note- NARP= Non-athletic-regular-person, i.e. the author of this post)

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If you take a peek at the two lowest individuals, you might be able to tell that Owens is reprimanding Nathaniel for being, quote, “slower than a beached whale!!”

Note #2- Obviously, Nathaniel is making this up. Owens actually said that Nathaniel is “in both body shape and forward velocity, a human example of the incompetence of a beached whale.”

Note #3- Contrary to popular belief, Nathaniel is in fact only part whale.

Finally, Nathaniel found the courage to hike up the rungs, and within minutes, we had reached the summit, which was notably absent of both bees and hives.

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Jared from Subway was right.

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In this photo, our group contemplates the didactic arbitration between the exponentially growing human population and the transcendent solitude of nature. Henry David Thoreau would be proud.

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Unfortunately, Owens steals the show on this one buddy.

Anyway, we soon continued our hike over to Champlain Mountain. Exquisite vistas greeted our eyes at every step, and almost as soon as we had started, we had reached the summit. We feasted on our bag lunches, pop-tarts, and yum-yummed melted chocolate donuts, and once again, Nathaniel would like to apologize to any ranger or civilian who stumbles upon his second contribution to Acadia. Just kidding, we all know Nathaniel practices LNT.

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Here, a shameless shout-out is in order. Alan carried a Frisbee to the summit, which was awesome! We all chucked the Frisbee around for an indefinite period of time – who knows, Alan or Savannah might still be up there, chucking away – before heading back down the same trail. Gregory decided to let Nathaniel lead, and he proved his considerable leadership abilities by getting the group lost (and luckily found) twice. But we continued downwards nonetheless, encountering many families with dogs along the way. The families greeted us with pleasant hellos, while the dogs squealed with delight as we gave them impromptu tummy rubs.

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So yeah, that was the trip. Everyone on the hike was fantastic and super fun to be around, and the weather could not have been more gorgeous. Also, the Beehive was a fantastic hike and we would highly recommend it to hikers of all ages, unless you’re a dog or other animal lacking opposable thumbs (I’m looking at you, Snail).

 

P.S. This was Gregory’s last trip. He is a great, passionate dude who loves to hike (and revel in amazing views, among other things), and we will be sad to see him go. He went on 45 COC trips and led 15, which is pretty darn incredible. Visit next year buddy!!! (I’ll try! –Gregory)

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This past weekend was free weekend in Acadia and the COC decided to take full advantage, sending two trips to the park! Our trip had one goal: to complete the coveted bubble-nubble traverse.

We departed from Colby at a respectable 4:30 on Friday afternoon and began the journey to Acadia. Upon our arrival, we were surprised to see that the gate to Blackwoods (the main campground at Acadia) was closed, however, we simply carried in our gear along the road.

After setting up camp, we began to cook a luxurious dinner of Cholula with a side of burritos. Then we all played witness to Sam embarking on a feast of rice even the yum-yum gods would deem impressive.

While waiting for our food comas to wear off, we played one of the strangest games of fantasy to ever be played. Let’s just say it involved Sarah Palin, Jack as microwave, and a special gift for President Obama…

Then we embarked on the greatest sleep there ever was (for apparently everyone except Jack who had a baby blue sleeping bag that was made for someone a foot shorter than him).

 

We woke up to a fine morning in Acadia and a breakfast of oatmeal – through which we discovered that a 1:1 ratio of hot chocolate mix to oatmeal is a tad overwhelming. Then we set off for Jordan pond, our starting point for the day’s adventure.

 

Here are some pictures that sum up our day quite nicely.

We made sure to walk our bikes....

We found some surprise snow at Jordan Pond.

 

Group shot at Jordan Pond

Group shot at Jordan Pond

 

Trying to push over Bubble Rock

Keeping Bubble Rock from falling on Sam

 

We love bubbles and nubbles!

We love bubbles and nubbles!

 

No trip is complete without competitive eating

Leader Oreo Eating competition!

 

Another day, another pickle in a bag!

Another day, another pickle in a bag!

 

All in all we had an awesome trip, 10/10 would hike again! The bubbles were bubbly and the nubbles were nubbly! We look forward to making more venture to Acadia in the future!


This is what happened at ze meeting yesterday, in case you missed it!

Who went outside?

  • Brittany, Sam and Hannah (among others) had a ballin’ time in Acadia! They hiked the Bubbles, and a nubble, and camped out in Blackwoods. An all-freshmen trip! The future!
  • Hannah and Chloe went to the arb with some prospies, showing them the sugaring shack and the COC office. Nice job rounding up the little ones! The future!
  • Nathaniel, Gregory, Lydia, Erica and Owens went to Acadia as well! GREGORY’S LAST TRIP! (a sitting ovation was made celebrating his 45 trips with the outing club, and 15 trips led!) Cheers!! Look forward to an epic blog post from this saga.

***There was a brief pause in the meeting, ryan had a “LIFE UPDATE”: he and nick pattison are facebook friends now..

  • Spencer, Dylan, Tom Kiffney, and Chris Spencer beasted Tucks! 2 runs, great times with great new friends.

Biz

  • ELECTIONS for secretary have been sent out by Ryan! Vote, because democracy!
  • Logan Gillen will serve as Treasurer for the K-Council, unless anyone voices concern before Wednesday. Please email coc@colby.edu with any qualms!
  • Leader Training Trip: May 1st-2nd in Acadia with John B and Teddy. Email coc@colby.edu if you think you’ll be interested in signing up!

Who wants to go outside?

  • Teddy wants to go canoeing on Sunday, email esimpson@colby.edu if you’d like to co-lead!
  • If you want to go skiing Monday or Thursday with Spencer, email smarten@colby.edu!
  • Loudness weekend, Logan wants to do the Bigelows, so keep that in the back of you mind.

“Don’t Be Like Richard’s Nephew.”


The presidential platforms of SARA LOTEMPLIO and CASSANDRA BIETTE were read aloud, with humble eloquence, by Secretary Simpson at the meeting this past week. Their inauguration will be forthcoming, barring any serious reservations put forth by members of the Outing Club community, before, say, tonight.

in other news…

Accomplishments by the team:

  • REGGAE FEST! A raucous time was had by all, obviously.
  • Nick and Alyssa and Lydia hiked up Maiden’s Cliff (Megunticook was too deep in snow, so no cigar). Then the beach! Both lobster shacks were closed, so they went to chappy’s chowdah house instead. Cry me a river.
  • Sam played wiffleball outside today! Sam’s team won. Hannah lost. Condolences, Hannah.

Present happenings of the team:

  • Sugaring: Lots of boiling was done this weekend, so thanks to all who helped out! We’re now in the process of continuing to boil in Mary Low, and transporting sap and syrup inside.  We’re close!!
  • Leader Training Trip: Scheduled, officially, for the first weekend in May! If you’d like to become a trip leader, this is a key component! It’ll be a grand ol’ time in Acadia with your two resident lanky gingers.
  • Secretary and Treasurer platforms: these will be do this coming Sunday, to be read aloud at the meeting. Please email the current K-Council your platform beforehand at coc@colby.edu. Merci.

Aspirations of the team: 

  • Sam and Hannah are going to Jordan Pond in Acadia
  • Gregory and Nathaniel (Gregory’s LAST TRIP LEAD FOR THE COC) will also be heading to Acadia! Congrats to Gregory for a stellar COC leading career.
  • Dylan and Spencer (with safe avy friend) will potentially be doing Tuck’s this weekend (Friday-Saturday)…not official COC trip but get in touch with them if you want in!
  • Further Ahead:
    • Carina wants to hike the Bigelows during reading period.
    • Owens wants to do some sort of backpacking during reading period.

A BIENTOT MES AMIS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here’s what happened at ze meeting on Sunday!

Places We Beeen

  • Lydia boiled some sap on Sunday
  • Jake went for a run this morning! He got sprayed by 18 wheelers. Condolences jwlester@colby.edu
  • Teddy, Jacob Wall, Casey Ballin, Abe Krieger, and Kim Bourne went to Round Top Saturday! ‘Twas wet.
  • Olek WON the CMC Climbing Competition on Saturday! Legit stuff! Congrats to him
  • John and Sophie went to Saddleback, hiked a 1/10th of a mile, ate snacks, and Brits and Canadians made fun of them.

Where we attttt

  • Budget
    • There’s not a ton of money left, so please plan ahead for trips as much as possible!! We’d love to know your thoughts as soon as they pop into your head, that way we can make sure we get a vehicle if need be.
    • We do accept donations.
  • K-Council
    • Platforms currently being accepted!!!! Woooooot! If you wanna lead this rad club, tell us why you’d do a great job! If you have any questions regarding the process, email coc@colby.edu.  Presidential platforms due this Sunday, Secretary and Treasurer due next Sunday.
  • Sap
    • Theres a lot — smell it, boil it. We have to do this ASAP (lol) before the season is too late!
    • Email coc@colby.edu if you’re confused about how to sign up for an hour to boil!
    • Also we are likely the idea of selling sugar water at extreme prices so whip out yo wallets.
  • LTT
    • Date still being solidified, so keep your eyes open for that email.

Places we gonna goooo

  • April 11th: Nick + Allyssa to Camden Hills
  • April 18th: Gregory + Reesy + Lydia to Acadia (Beehive and others – Gregory’s last trip lead ever!!)
  • May 8th weekend: Logan + co to the Bigelows

 

In other news, we’re excited about a new needle-point incarnation of our Constitution, and a bloody secession from the College.

jokes.


Location: St. John

Dates: 3/23/15 to 3/29/15

Trip Difficulty: 3.5

Trip Type: Spring Break Voyage

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This spring break we escaped the land of the cold and fled to St. John! Here we camped at Cinnamon Bay Campground and hiked around the island all day stopping at certain snorkeling spots. On Day one we got to explore all the reefs in Cinnamon Bay (the largest bay in St. John) and get our snorkeling skills down. Day two involved hiking out to Waterlemon Bay and Maho Bay where we saw sea turtles, nurse sharks, white mules, mangrove trees, barracuda, and tons of fish.

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The wildlife was abundant everywhere we went and I miss the little hermit crabs that inhabited our campsite. I do not miss the sand fleas though… Anyway, on day three we hiked the Maria Hope Trail to the Reef Bay Trail and saw petroglyphs and sugar plantation ruins along the way.

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There are ruins all over the island from the old sugar plantation days. On the trail we met a local who led us along the Lameshur Bay trail to Greater Lameshur Bay where we rock hopped all the way out to the bay’s point and snorkeled along the cliffs. Lemon sharks, more barracuda, spiny lobster, and an octopus are just a few of the things we saw there! Don’t forget about all the coral either which covered the rocks.

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It was a relief to crawl into our tents after coming home on the $1 bus and hiking down the John Horn Rd back to Cinnamon Bay. All in all we hiked about 9.5 miles that day and swam another half a mile or more. The days can be as difficult or easy as you want to make them on this island. Come Friday we went to Trunk Bay and went on the underwater snorkel tour and experienced some hard swimming because of the huge waves. We wanted to swim out to Jumbie Bay but the surf was too much for us. The hiking was phenomenal, the weather was even better, and the water was a dream. If you want to go to a laid back place that offers many hikes and unbelievable snorkeling this is it! The hikes vary in difficulty, but make sure to bring plenty of water everywhere you go because it is HOT out there, and reapply your sunscreen often. For future trips: Do not bring any food that will melt/not do well in heat (so no cheese), really be careful about the sun sapping your energy, use the $1 bus so you can explore more bays, and be sure to bring all your food in from the States (it’s reallllly expensive down there). Here’s one last photo for your enjoyment:

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