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BOC Presidential Fall Semester Review

Story posted December 11, 2009

BOC Presidents: Sarah Ebel '10 and Ben Roberts-Pierel '10

It has been an active fall season at the Outing Club! At the beginning of school, we sent out our annual whitewater, sea kayaking, and hiking trips around Maine with our zealous leaders and members. As is tradition, whitewater enthusiasts joined the BOC for some exciting Rapid and Dead River trips. The BOC also conducted its first ever century ride in western Maine. Twelve students, the assistant directors and the director rode a 100 mile loop beginning and ending at the classic Aziscohos Valley campground. Weekly road bike rides continued and we started doing mountain bike rides at Bradbury Mountain State Park and on some local trails. The sea kayaking program was more popular this fall than in the past as many younger members joined in on the trips to learn the graceful art of paddling. Many had the opportunity to experience our local Casco Bay and Maine Island Trail through day trips. One sea kayak adventure took students to Acadia National Park, another BOC first. Leaders also joined forces with Teens to Trails at a convention in Acadia to work with Maine high school outing clubs doing trail work and assisting with climbing, biking and hiking trips for students. Hikers spent a lot of time in the White Mountains this Fall and a couple groups attempted to summit Katahdin in September and October. One group experienced Maine’s first snow in Baxter over Fall Break. A stellar group of up-and-coming leaders participated in Fall Leadership Training and will be ready to lead trips after they complete their WFR certifications this January. As the semester winds down, trips have transitioned to relaxing cabin stays in western Maine and a few day hikes and backpacking trips as the weather has stayed sunny and warm longer than usual. The BOC presided over the induction of Bowdoin's very first climbing wall this semester and now staffs and maintains the facility on a regular basis.

The Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center has also hosted a number of speakers and musicians including the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, a survival expert, and the annual Mike and Ruthy concert. Students also organized an Outdoor Job Panel and a travel slideshow which incorporated photos from study abroad and summer work experiences around the world. We are now gearing up for the next season as we head towards the holidays and winter break. Look for all that the BOC has to offer during the upcoming winter season including XC skiing classes, boat building, snowshoeing and winter camping classes as well as special mountaineering guests and musicians!!

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