The Colby Outing Club is an entirely student-run organization.

We dedicate our time because we love the outdoors and we want to share that love.

 The Katahdin Council

The noble governing body.

Find Your Balance

Hannah Bossi ’18


Interests: CholulaHiking, Backpacking (as opposed to day-hiking), Overnights, Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Alpine Skiing, Winter Trips (Overnight), Did I Mention Cholula

My name is Hannah Bossi and I am a senior here at Colby! I love cholula, skiing, hiking, backpacking, clam digging, kayaking, and exclamation points!!! My spirit animal is a river otter and my spirit fruit is a peach! Lemme know if you wanna get outside! I love new friends! 


10325221_10203403478322794_1618017168119305179_nSam Krumholz ’18


InterestsBackpacking, Day Hiking, Skiing (Alpine, definitely not Nordic), Climbing up Rocks, Cheese

Krum lives year round in the outdoors, hiding in the tunnels under Miller at night when it gets cold. He tends to only get drawn out of those tunnels when there is skiing, frisbee, cholula, or meatballs involved. Krum enjoys the fine arts of wiffle ball, odds-are, ball-in-cup, and wiffle ball again. If you bring him a plate of bacon, he will be your friend for life.

anna leader profileAnna Caughron ’18


Interests: I enjoy hiking, backpacking, climbing, sleeping under the stars, and sitting by any fire.

My native habitat is the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains and I’m having so much fun exploring Maine! The outdoors has always been a special place for me and I love sharing my passion for nature with new people!


Julia von Ehr ’19

Wild Card

Interests: backpacking, day hiking, rock climbing, outdoor education, snowboarding, slack lining, sleeping in hammocks, disc related activities

I’m from Fairfield, CT and I love the outdoors (surprise surprise). Don’t ask me what I’m majoring in… actually don’t ask me about anything school related at all, it stresses me out. I love rocks, particularly climbing on them. Some of my other favorite outdoor activities include cooking with a whisperlite, eating copious amounts of peanut butter with a spork, and playing really intense games of screaming toes.

Soren Denlinger ’20


Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Snowshoeing, Kayaking, New England 4000 Footers, Disc Golf, Cheese
Born in the rugged mountains of New Jersey, I have long lived a rustic lifestyle. I shun electricity and running water in favor of the lightning bolt and the cascading brooks. I am often found scavenging in or near clumps of trees. Also come on trips with me, normally I don’t bite.

Bigelow Buddies

The passionate organizing body.


Brittany Bossi ’18

Events Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Peak Bagging , Snowshoeing, Skiing (Alpine), Skiing (Tele), Skiing (XC), Canoeing, Rafting (Whitewater), Kayaking (Flatwater), Sea kayaking

Brittany is a tiny (midget worthy) adventurer who loves to be in the outdoors! Brittany is a Mainer, but does not like lobster. She is part of the class of 2018, and is a COOT leader. She can frequently be found at sugarloaf where she likes to romp around broccoli garden or speed through the race course. Brittany found her love for the outdoors at a young age, while scurrying up the peaks of Acadia. She loves being in the mountains more than anything, and tries to get there as much as she can. Her favorite hike is Angels Landing in Zion National Park. Brittany is a Biology major and is Pre-Med.


Natalie Joyce ’20

Community Outreach Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and climbing

Hi, I’m Nat! Nature is pretty neat, and I’m just excited to show you all how neat nature really is. I hail from the great city of Chicago, but I feel I am a New Englander at heart. My goals in life include befriending a squirrel, catching a fish with my bare hands, and finding the best donut shop in the world. I love friends, so I can’t wait to meet all of you and share the glory of the outdoors.


Michael Stone ’19

Gear Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hikes, Swimming (any time of year), Whitewater anything, Snowyaking, late night adventures, snowball fights, puppies!

Michael hails from the great state of South Carolina where it is always sunny and 70 degrees.  He is still trying to figure out this “snow” thing but is up for any type of adventure.  He enjoys going down whitewater in any vessel but will also get off the water for land adventures!


Katie Kelley ’20

Gear Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, playing in and around lakes and rivers, skipping rocks, snow and snow related activities, jumping in puddles, and wearing crocs.

I swam across all five Great Lakes to get to Colby last fall, as it can be hard to get a direct flight from Minnesota. I can often be seen swinging from trees on Miller Lawn, throwing snowballs at innocent passersby (just kidding!), or spotted from a distance by my bright yellow crocs. Growing up in the state with the the most lakes in the country kept me outside and on the water through every season: swimming, canoeing, hunting for crayfish and ice skating. I’m not opposed to camping or backpacking either, and moving out east gave me the opportunity run up and down the piles of dirt and rock that are apparently called mountains – something we don’t really have in the Midwest.


Max Abramson ’20

Trips Facilitation Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking, XC skiing, procrastination, copying other peoples bios

Max Abramson is a former Libertarian member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Rockingham District 20 (Hampton Falls, Seabrook). In May, 2016, Abramson switched registration from the Republican party to the Libertarian party. He was a 2016 candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, getting 4% of the popular vote.



Michael Kramer ’19

Trips Facilitation Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking (overnights and day-trips), winter camping, hammocking, whittling, and frisbee!!!

Kramer likes long walks on the beach, playing frisbee at Colby, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. You can often find me listening to music near Johnson Pond whilst sitting in a hammock. Other times I am out exploring the Arb or taking spontaneous hikes in the surrounding wilderness.


 Martin Deutsch ’19

Sugaring Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Day hiking, backpacking, alpine skiing, XC skiing
Martin is a junior from Essex, Vermont, and, like most Vermonters, has maple syrup in his veins instead of blood. He enjoys hiking, skiing, and summer sausage. When he is not outside, Martin is a computer science major and works at the Farnham Writers Center.

Kaitlin Volk ’19

Cabin Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, walking in a winter wonderland, caves, mud

I was brought up to have a deep and undying affection for the outdoors. I started my life in Alaska, have the spent past decade in Maine, and have spent countless hours exploring what ever patch of woods or water I can find. My utter lack of acknowledgement of my own mortality has sent be squeezing through random crevices, crawling through caves, and essentially falling down mountains (I swear I’m more cautious when I’m actually leading). On any weekend you can find me hiking with my dog, trying to get a fish to bite, or in the library wishing I was outside getting dirty.


Camden Comrades

The skeletal system.

Christina Mouradian ’19

Diversity and Inclusion Comrade

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Fly Fishing, XC Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Anthropology and Maple Syrup

I am from the steep hills of Providence, RI. While I think nature is pretty neat, I have no idea what poison ivy looks like. I am a vegetarian fly fisher(wo)man which leaves me in a perpetual ethical dilemma. I love making new friends in the outdoors, especially squirrels since they are spirit animal (we share a short-attention span, a skittish demeanor and a habit of jumping out of dumpsters with full slices of pizza).

Lilli Garza ’20

Diversity and Inclusion Comrade

Interests: Rock Climbing, hiking, backpacking, hangin out in hammocks!
I’m from Milwaukee, WI but that doesn’t stop me from getting outside! I grew up in a tent and can’t keep my hands off a rock wall. I love leading day hikes to get people outside even if they don’t have a ton of time. I have a passion for cheese that can’t be reigned in and I’m always down for a spontaneous excursion! 

Jared Fong ’20

Diversity and Inclusion Comrade

Interests: Whitewater Canoeing (ask me about it), Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Alpine Skiing, Cycling, Trail Running and Trail Work

I’m from Mass in a tiny farm town called Berlin where I spent most of my time getting outside and muddy. I’m a Environmental Science major specializing in geology because rocks are awesome. I love whitewater canoeing and if you have no clue what that entails please come find me. I also love being covered in mud and moving boulders to build trails! You can find me lost in Arboretum(the arb), sleeping(naps are important), or holed up in Miller(as math and science drain my life away). See you out there!


Anna Van Dreser ’20

Conservation Comrade

Interests: Tele skiing, hiking, biking, trail work, snow, winter, backpacking, trees of all kind, more snow.

Hailing from the happiest city in America (Boulder co), I grew up trying to ski on three-pin bindings like I was straight out of the olden days. I love to hike and to be in the woods for months at a time, and if I could, I would be a hermit. Winter is my favorite season, so catch me at the loaf or Tuckerman’s ravine on the weekends.


Sam Wells ’20

Conservation Comrade

Interests: Backpacking, day hiking, alpine skiing, canoeing, peak bagging, xc skiing, mountaineering, making fires, befriending dogs and the occasional wolf

I was born in Richfield Wisconsin, a place where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. Having been raised in this idyllic Midwestern environment, I decided to come to Maine to try something new. At Colby I have been known to go outside more than the average bear, talk incessantly about Wisconsin, and eat far more carrot cake than is healthy. I am a big fan of backpacking, climbing, dairy products, skiing, camping, and canoeing. Please join me on my quest to get into nature as much as humanly possible.

Rachel Bird ’18

Communication with a Concentration in Poster Design Comrade

Interests: Hiking, Backpacking, Climbing, Star Gazing, Generally Being Outside

I’m currently majoring in anthropology and studio art, and minoring in creative writing. However, I wouldn’t be above changing my majors if Colby introduces a major in the field of takings naps. My hobbies include eating Foss peanut butter, watching trashy crime tv, and petting dogs.

Trip Leaders

The devoted hands and feet.

pj bensonPJ Benson ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Skiing

I was born and raised in NH. When I was 8 I ran away to live with a family of bears for a year. They taught me how to hike, ski, fish, and the ways of nature. I’ve now hiked all 48 4,000 footers in NH, climbed a glacier or two, and hiked the Inca Trail in Peru. I love adventuring, most commonly in the vertical direction and can’t wait to get into nature with some fellow outdoors people.



fe504d02-262d-4f26-a3f8-e6b420b4c98eChloe Boehm ’18

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Peak Bagging, Skiing (Alpine), Biking, Snowshoeing

A Massachusetts explorer that spends any available time outside. She has been skiing since she could walk and has been going outside even longer. She has hiked/climbed the Grand Teton, backpacked for 10 days in Yellowstone wilderness, climbed countless peaks in New Hampshire and Maine, and had been attached to the Outing club since day one. On days that end in ‘y’ she can be found at the ‘Loaf’ trying to find the deepest snow. Cholula is her one true love but backpacking and skiing are close seconds, both of which she loves to partake in with friends.


keenan leader profile

Keenan Boscoe ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Peak Bagging, Canoeing, Long Walks on the Beach

Hailing from Albany NY, Keenan Boscoe is a man of simple pleasures. The sent of fresh pine, a days worth of grime, and a Uncle Bens Fiesta Rice™ over a roasting wisperlite are enough to keep him happy. A lover of fine music and art, he has been a wonderful addition to the Colby Outing Club, and constantly strives for finding the perfect Hot Seat Question. Overall Rating: 8/10 – fairly attractive.


eric carlsonEric Carlson ’18

Interests: Backpacking, day hiking, rafting, snowboarding, canoeing, kayaking, space stuff.. basically everything except skiing because snowboarding is better.

Hi! My name is Eric Carlson. I’m from Boring, Maryland (real town name) and freakin’ love to get outside. I love to day hike and am always willing to go swimming no matter how cold. This summer, I will be working as a whitewater rafting guide in Maine while hopefully taking sporadic trips to awesome trails scattered throughout Maine.


sophie gouldSophie Gould ’18

Interests: Backpacking, Dayhiking, Canoeing, Kayaking (white water, flat water, and sea)

When I was but a wee babe, me father took me into the wilds of Scotland and released me with his flock. When I was out there, I met a young wolf, not a year older than meself. He looked deeped into me chocolate eyes and I felt a strong connection. I ran with the wolves for three days and three nights, before they returned me to me father. I came back a changed lassie. I am one with the wilderness. Also my name is Sophie and the longest trip I’ve gone on is forty-five days sea kayaking in Alaska. I have backpacked on Isle Royale, in Montana, and canoed throughout the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I also led the Naaatch for COOT this past year.


sage leader profile Sage Jordan ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking (Flatwater), Skiing (XC),

I feel strongly about lots of things like goat cheese and music and blueberry picking.





fini leader profile

Fini Just ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, Social Justice, Dialogue

I have always experienced going outdoors as a powerful way to ground myself in the world and to connect with myself meaningfully. I learned that being outside also with other people also offers a special opportunity to get to know one another and to foster relationships very different from those in a “frontcountry context”. Also, I believe that being outside with a group makes it possible to have intimate and powerful conversations and learn more about each other and ourselves while experiencing something new and being in a wonderful place. I hope to be able to incorporate those passions when being a COC leader.


AlyssaAlyssa Kullberg ’18

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Peak Bagging, Skiing (Cross Country)

My name’s Alyssa, I’m from Lexington, MA, and I love the outdoors!! I grew up going to the White Mountains every summer with my dad and my sister, and I’ve kept going back ever since. I love backpacking more than most things in the world, and I’m almost done climbing all of the 48 4000-footers in New Hampshire. I hope to climb all the 4000-footers in Maine as well!



moniqueMonique Legault ’18

Interests: hiking, camping, snowshoeing, rock climbing

Hi! My name is Monique and I am from Cape Cod, MA. I am a psychology major with minors in anthropology and human development. On campus I work at Miller library, am a research assistant in a psychology lab, and participate in CCAK, the COC, COFGA and the Mountaineering Club. My biggest interest outdoors is hiking, especially hiking in new places.



jake lesterJake Lester ’18

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Peak Bagging, Mountaineering, XC and Alpine Skiing, CANOEING [flat OR whitewater]

I grew up cradled in the loving arms of nature. I am an avid athlete, running, biking and swimming a lot. I enjoy eating and cooking, especially on backpacking stoves. With my family instilled love for the outdoors and getting stuck in the dark, I get excited being a part of and leading trips, something I got to do a lot with Boy Scouts. Sharing experiences in nature with friends has always made me really happy, and I can’t wait to do that more with the outing club.


 amy loAmy LoTemplio ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Stars and Space stuff, Snowshoeing, skiing(Alpine), Skiing (XC), Kayaking (flatwater), biking, trail running

I’m Amy Lo, and I’m a junior from Plattsburgh, New York. Doing activities outside is the best! I have always loved the outdoors and people that love the outdoors. I feel most at home when I am outside of my home. Everything is simpler when you have everything that you need on your back.



Lydia Wasmer ’18

Interests: Day Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Snowshoeing, Canoeing, Kayaking (Flat Water), Sea Kayaking, going to the beach whenever possible
I love day hikes because you can see a bunch of awesome stuff in one trip. I’ve done Precipice, Champlain, Cadillac, Beehive…nearly everything in Acadia National Park. I’ve been to Camden to hike Mt. Battie and to the awesome lookput of the harbor. I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon. I’ve also gone to Tumbledown and hiked the loop and brook trails. I also love backpacking and camping over an extended time in wild places! I’ve gone backpacking in the Presidential Range and in the Pemigewasset Wilderness and camped in the middle of the mountains there. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that you are capable of supporting yourself in the wilderness.

Maddy Wendell ’19

Interests: Day Hiking, Rock Climbing, Alpine Skiing, Canoeing, Whitewater Rafting, Flatwater Kayaking, Base Camping, Backpacking

I’m from Massachusetts, and I’ve always loved being outside! The COC helped equip me to go outside even more and meet people who share my love of the outdoors. My first semester at Colby, I went down to the climbing wall (check out the CMC – it’s awesome!), met some amazing people, became more involved with the COC, and decided to become a trip leader. I’m super excited to go outside with great people, eat some peanut butter while outside (the best way to eat it), and have important conversations with said great people (preferably outside). My main source of food is Foss (the best dining hall by far). On campus, I’m an Envrionmental Policy and English double major and a research assistant in the English department.

Catharine Christie ’19

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Camping, Sleeping Under the Stars

Hi there! My name is Catharine and I’m from Silver Spring, MD. I love a good walk outdoors whether its the hike to foss I take every day or a jog up Katahdin. I’ve been backpacking since I was a wee adolescent and if I could backpack anywhere outdoors right now it would be the Grayson Highlands. I can be spotted around campus by the beautiful locks of my wooly mammoth hair.


Amy Andreini ’19

Interests: Backpacking, day hikes, sea kayaking, rock climbing, exploring outside

I’m from Alameda, California and spent a lot of my time growing up on long road trips through Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks where I first discovered my love for the outdoors. Before coming to Colby I spent a year in Patagonia mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking and sea kayaking. At Colby I study biology and environmental science. I’m excited to keep getting outside at Colby and exploring new places.


Lisa Blackmer-Raynolds ’19

Interests: Backpacking, day hiking, skiing (alpine, tele, and nordic), canoeing, whitewater kayaking and rafting

Lisa was born in Fort Collins, CO to a pair of tele skis and a whitewater kayak. With this unique heritage, it came as no surprise that Lisa took to following in their tracks/wake. By the age of 7, she was an internationally ranked tele skier and won her first national kayaking competition by 9. Having moved to the East Coast, she yearns for returning to the Rockies but will make due with what Maine has to offer. Sugarloaf is more of a home for her than Colby, having dug a snow hotel and hosts West Coast skiers on Friday nights in the winter. Despite her bias towards those from out West, Lisa welcomes all who want to go on adventures to join her on her crazy schemes.


abby leader profileAbby Mulligan ’19

Interests: Backpacking, day hiking, stars, snowboarding, classic cross-country skiiing

“I am not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost” — Winnie the Pooh. And the best place to be lost, whether in thought, dream or footstep, is in the outdoors! I look forward to seeing the sunrise and sunset, having long and important conversations, dancing in the rain or snow, cooking fancy food over a whisperlite, and watching the campfire smoke swirl into the stars with all of you!


Austin Lee ’20

Interests: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking, Snowboarding and Mountain Biking

I am Austin Lee, from Larchmont, New York. My spirit animal is the platypus. If I had to choose a favorite landscape, it would be a desert. Recently I learned that most rocks on earth are made of clam shells, and that blew my mind. That’s a lot of clams. I’m an Art History major and part of the Woodsmen team. I love the phrase “Ooftah,” and use it often, despite the surprising amount of negative reactions. I wish I was a surf bum, but I don’t surf, so I’ll settle for a snowboard bum on a beach.


Ana Petrie ’20

Interests: Camping, Day Hiking, Stars and Space and Stuff

Dogs > plants > bees > hiking > plant memes > memes > me > caroline lunt





SJ Sahagun ’20

Interests: Avocados, fruits, day hiking, kayaking (whitewater), canoeing, surfing, rock climbing, scooters

I’m from Southern California, where rivers run dry and fruits grow sweet. Before Colby, I sailed around the world to find the best tasting fruit. I’m a big fan of eating fruits in nature. My goal in life is to own a food truck where I will have five pugs sitting in front of it and attracting people to buy my food. You can find me every Sunday morning in Dana enjoying an avocado toast.


Keller Leet-Otley ’19

Interests: Backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, playing guitar, and being in nature.

Hey everyone! My name is Keller Leet-Otley and I am an environmental science student from Rochester, MN. I lead COOT trips, including backpacking at Sugarloaf and rock climbing in Acadia! On campus, I’m an SVP peer educator and a member of the classical guitar ensemble! You can probably find me climbing trees or eating copious amounts of summer sausage and cheese. Hope to get outside and make new friends!



Colleen George ’21

Interests: Day hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, running and diving (the kind where you go deep in the ocean with air strapped to your back, not jumping off boards into pools)
Colleen is from Switzerland, though it’s complicated. While her natural habitat is somewhere with warm climates and oceans, she also has a strong passion for the mountains. Though she’s yet to delve into dry suit diving (or develop her personal anti-hypothermia mechanisms), she is eager to dive around the world, so eventually will take the plunge in the Gulf of Maine. That said, she’s happy to take an instantaneous swim anywhere, any time of year, especially if it’s at the end of a hike! As Calvin rightly said: “It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy – let’s go exploring!”.




Emma Goldberg-Courtney ’21

Interests: hiking, backpacking, swimming, eating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, skiing, hammocking (should be found in the Webster dictionary), climbing (rocks and trees)

Emma is from Freeport, Maine where she has spent her life finding new places to go that are generally considered too “out of the way.” She likes being in high up places, trees, on rocks, roofs, and mountains, and has a small, definitely not severe, juice addition (apple, orange, mango, pear, but not grape, never grape). Emma loves to hike, backpack, swim, sail, kayak, ski (both sorts, no discrimination), cook, cuddle, and lounge in her hammock. Emma quite enjoys animals, traveling, and ice cream.