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.


Max Abramson ’20

Co-President

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.

 

Soren Denlinger ’20

Co-President

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.

Alice Zhang ’21

Treasurer

Interests: Backpacking, day hike, skiing, things related to water, daydreaming, snowshoeing

Hello! I’m Alice (Xiaoge) Zhang. I’m from somewhere in China (not the China in Maine). I like sitting at the top of a mountain and just staring at the view. Go on hikes with me!

 

 

Megan Hartnett ’21 

Secretary 

Interests: hiking, canoeing, stargazing, swimming, campfires, lighthouses, snowball fights, the Arboretum
Hello, I am Megan! I hail from 30 minutes outside of Boston (surprise!). It is my mission to find the perfectly toasted marshmallow. I love to hike, stargaze, swim, and dream of visiting every lighthouse in Maine! Come outside with me! 🙂

Bigelow Buddies

The passionate organizing body.


Jackie Florman ’22

Trips Facilitation Bigelow Buddy

Interests: backpacking, crunchy-peanut butter-eating, mountaintop sunrises, pine trees, helping people get outside every day!

My name is Jackie and I come from Los Angeles, CA, a land devoid of trees and snow but full of 10,000 footers, kale juice, and fuzzy Birkenstocks. I like dirt, big, muddy hikes, and taking people out of doors. You’ll probably catch me ‘mocking at Quarry Road, wearing shorts in 22 degree weather, or stuffing my face with Dana granola. I devote the majority of my time to putting myself atop hunks of granite, frolicking in the woods, and dragging my friends and acquaintances into the wilderness.

Bentley Meyer ’21

Trips Facilitation Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Hiking, Stars & Such, Snowshoeing, Skiing, Swimming, Sledding, Frisbee, and Campfires & the Affiliated Games

Hello, I am from Concord, Massachusetts and I enjoy trees and mountains and hiking and skiing and snowshoes and I think rocks are pretty neat and I can really appreciate a good run-on sentance, especially when it’s being used as filler becasue I can’t actually type and I’m just pretending, and I hope y’all join me on my trips because large groups reduce the risk of goose attacks and this seems like a good space to stop so goodbye.

Zoe Ward ’22

Events and Community Outreach Bigelow Buddy

Interests: jaunts in the woods, napping in hammocks, chasing waterfalls, sleeping under the stars, climbing rocks, bouncing on a slackline, sledding on skiis (or skiing as some say)

Greeting! My name is Zoe and I think the outdoors and nature are pretty neat and I can’t wait to explore it together! I love going on all kinds of adventures and shenanigans, from chasing waterfalls and sunrise jaunts up little mountains to camping trips in the backcountry.

Joseph Savage ’22

Events and Community Outreach Bigelow Buddy

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Molly Gardner ’22

Gear Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Backpacking, Canoeing, Day Hiking, Swimming, Skiing (Nordic and Tele)

Hi everyone! I come from the great state of Minnesota, so I love lakes! I also enjoy hugging trees, eating snow, and hiking in skirts. While here in Maine, I try to go up French Mountain as many times as I can and eat even more pancakes. I hope you come on a hike with me sometime!

Will O’Connor ’22

Gear Bigelow Buddy

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Lacey Wright ’22

Diversity and Inclusion Bigelow Buddy

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Dean Strup ’21

Cabin Bigelow Buddy

Interests: Canoeing, Hiking, the Cabin, Kayaking (but definitely not whitewater), skiing, napping, the Cabin, running, below-average time management skills, napping, and the Cabin

Hello! I’m a sophomore and come from the flatlands of Columbus, Ohio. I’m a Chemistry-Biochemistry and History double major because of my love for unmanageable amounts of work as well as confusing my relatives when they ask what I’m studying. I love being outside and would spend every day either on Katahdin or in Acadia if I could. I love to go to new parts of New England and am always down for a trip planned at the last minute!

Grace Horne ’21

Sugaring Bigelow Buddy

 

 

 

 

Jack Indritz ’21

Sugaring Bigelow Buddy

 

 

 

 


Trip Leaders

The devoted hands and feet.


Grace Andrews ’21

Interests: Day hiking, backpacking, canoeing, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, climbing trees, taking excessive amounts of summit pics

I’m from Farmington, Maine, where I spent most of my childhood either being outside or wishing I was outside. On campus you can probably find me either holed up in Miller or looking up at the sky (possibly both if I can score one of those skylight desks). This year, I can’t wait to lead some trips, do some exploring, and continue to expand my circle of outdoorsy friends!

Macey Broadwater ’21

Interests: Climbing, hiking, spelunking, swimming, surfing (but doesn’t actually know how…), cooking, cuddling with Emma, dancing, gardening, and hiding from large crowds.

Macey grew up all around the country, from Florida to Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas, and now she has somehow found herself up in Maine! She can be found on any number of elevated surfaces (rocks, trees, mountains, countertops, etc) or seducing sailors at sea. Whether or not she is a mermaid remains unconfirmed. She’d happily eat rice and beans for every meal, and she’s super stoked to go on lots of outdoor adventures this year!

Jared Fong ’20

Interests: backpacking, trail work, cycling, whitewater canoeing, dancing, drag queens, sleeping, and potatoes?

Jared is jack of all trades but a master of none. He grew from a small lad into the fabulous human you know today in the small farm town of Berlin, Massachusetts. He enjoys long walks on the beach and fried chicken (jk he’s vegetarian). When it’s nice outside you can find him running with running club, hammocking by Johnson Pond or covered in mud (it makes for a good facial). When it’s not nice outside, i.e. the majority of our school year, he can be found hibernating in Miller. Otherwise, he’s an ES major with a passion for a good old romp around the woods, moving big rocks, and carrying heavy backpacks long distances in the forest.

Lilli Garza ’20

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! 
 

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.

 

James Ishiguro ’21

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Natalie Joyce ’21J

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.

 

Sam Kane ’20

Interests: Paddling (whitewater rafting, kayaking, and solo/tandem canoeing, and flatwater kayaking and solo/tandem canoeing – unless you want to flatwater raft??), day hiking, rock climbing

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, I was able to escape the desert heat every summer by going to camp, where I learned a few nifty tricks to survive, thrive, and jive in nature and also happened to hear about Colby and its dope COC. I love whitewater boating, especially canoeing and kayaking, and am looking to become an avid skier eventually. On campus, I sing with the Colbyettes, give tours, write for the Echo, and try to not slip on ice (though I usually fail).

Sam Kwon ’21

Interests: Hiking, snowboarding, puppies, stargazing, EMS, frisbee, quesadillas, being silly, shortening words, anything related to snow

Hey there! I’m Sam and I’m from New York City.
I’m finally able to combine two of my three favorite things in the world with my comrade position: EMS and the outdoors!
Often I’m put down for shortening words so linking that to this job would be hard. i.e. ‘shmellows (marshmellows), lefties (leftovers), breakie (breakfast). To locate me on campus: look for the guy wearing the red buff, most likely EMT gear, and bean boots/white shoes. If that doesn’t work go to the nearest dog on campus, chances are I know them by name and I’ll be around for their routine petting shortly.

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.

Dominick Leskiw ’21

My name is Dominick and I am from Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, the only town in the country with not one, but TWO hyphens! I am fascinated by the connections people make in and with the outdoors, find trout to be perpetually delightful subjects of art and fly fishing, and absolutely love pancakes.

 

 

Caroline Lunt ’20

Interests: Backpacking, Day hiking, canoeing, skiing (alpine), flatwater kayaking, and excited to try out whatever else comes along!
I’ve loved being outside, particularly hiking and backpacking, since I was little. I’m excited to bring more people outside with me!
 
 

Grace Neumiller ’21

Interests: swimming, NORDIC!!!, biking, hiking, snow-showing, canoeing, camping, splorin’, mocking, beachin, sledding, s’mores, shenanigans

Heyyyyooo! I hail from the good ol’ state of Minnesota— land of 10,000 lakes, you betcha’s, dontcha knows, & frigid frickin’ winters. To survive 6 months of temps below freezing a year growing up, I’ve learned to embrace the rugged and GET OUTSIDE! I’ve long been a fan of XC skiing on MN’s lakes in the winter & swimming in them the rest of the year, but now I’m loving dipping my toes in Maine’s waters, the glorious Atlantic, and our very own Colby pool — home of the AquaMules! Come find me if you ever want to go splorin’ 🙂

Grace Oh-Willeke ’21

Interests: Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Trail Work, Voter Registration (& Voting & Democracy) & Coffee Shops.

Hello! I’m Grace & I’m from Denver, Colorado. I’m a big fan of venturing into nature with buddies & alone. I’m a junior ranger in 3/58 of the U.S. national parks- although I’m missing 55 of the parks, don’t hesitate to call me Junior Ranger Grace. Accessibility to the outdoors (and voting!!!) is incredibly important to me. Having and facilitating outdoor education opportunities makes the world a better place! I’ve learned basically everything I know about the outdoors from nonprofits. I’m pumped to help share nature with the Colby community.

Ana Petrie ’20

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

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

 

 

 

Chris Reardon ’21

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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.

 

Addie Thompson ’21

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Anna Van Dreser ’20

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.

 

Taryn Waite ’21

Interests: walking in the woods, skiing, napping in the woods, fire, bouncy castles, cats

In the fall of her freshman year, Taryn emerged from the woods after having walked to Colby from her hometown approximately 26 minutes outside of Boston. Her ultimate goal is to divert a large chunk of the gear budget to the purchase of a bouncy castle (don’t tell Michael), but in the meantime, she can be found exploring Maine, looking at cats on PetFinder, planning future long walks in the woods, and complaining about Dana food.

Sam Wells ’20

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.