Western Connecticut or Eastern Europe?

By Gregory Naigles Date: 6/27/15 Location: Kent, Connecticut Difficulty: 3.2   It had to be the right day. After suffering through two long weeks of temperatures in the 80s, I finally found a day where the temperature would be only 70 degrees – perfect. My choice of hiking destination wasn’t too difficult – I figured...

I Return… To the Place Where I Almost Fell Off an Ice Cliff

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,...

An Amazing Hike up Windswept Little Jackson Mountain

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...

The COC vs. the Goliath of Burnt Mountain (hint: the COC wins)

Trip Date: March 7, 2015 Trip Location: Burnt Mountain: Carrabassett Valley, Maine Trip Type: Snowshoeing Trip Difficulty: 3.1 There we were, facing the goliath of rock that stood unmoving, unfaltering, unyielding to any force of nature. Burnt Mountain. The beast. The ice monster. The challenge. We were going to climb it and conquer it. Nothing...

A Wonderful Walk in Wintery Woods

Trip Date: February 22, 2015 Trip Location: Old Town, Maine Trip Type: Snowshoeing Trip Difficulty: 1.3 Sunday was a beautiful day for snowshoeing in the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. Last night’s snow sparkled on the undisturbed trail. Our little group was the first to mark the untouched winter landscape. The white drifts were fluffy and deep,...

We Laugh in the Face of Wind

It may be cold and windy, and we may have had to postpone to next Sunday the planned trip to the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town, but some of us still wanted to be outside. So Sunday morning, at 11 AM, Anna, Lydia, and Gregory strapped snowshoes to our feet and headed into the...

Trails, Birds, and Snowshoes, oh my!

Location: Oakland, ME Date: January 25, 2015 Trip Difficulty (1-5): 1.3 Trip Length: Half-day trip   On the bright, sunny morning of January 25, six enterprising Colby students embarked on a casual jaunt along the Messalonskee Stream Trail toward Oakland in search of an amazing brunch. We enjoyed snowshoeing at a leisurely pace through the...

A Trip Up the Mountain of the Great Pond

Location: Great Pond Mountain Date: January 24, 2015 Trip Difficulty (1-5): 2.2 Trip Length: Day trip   This Saturday a group of trippers braved the snowy roads and the icy trails to hike the mountain of the Great Pond near Orland, Maine.  Unfazed by an oncoming storm, the group dominated the hike up the mountain...

Camden Hills Yeti Expedition

Location: Camden Date: January 17, 2015 Trip Difficulty (1-5): 2 Trip Length: Day trip   This Saturday a brave troop of Colby students journeyed to the deepest depths of the Camden Hills in search of the monstrous and mysterious yeti. We are proud to say that not a single explorer was lost along the way...

The first COC trip of 2015!!

Location: Lincolnville, Maine Date: January 10th Trip Difficulty (1-5): 1.5 Trip Length: Day Trip This past Saturday, 11 brave souls attached micro spikes to their boots and ventured into the woods. Fernald’s Neck, just outside of the Camden Hills area, proved to be an excellent hike. As we trudged through the powdery snow, it was decided...