Outing Club
at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Andy Bell
Class of '11

Posted November 24, 2009

Hometown:   Diamond Bar, CA
Major/Minor:  Bio/ES double major
Leadership Training:  Fall 2007
Favorite season to be outside:  Fall

What were some of the highlights of your LT experience?
The highlight was probably expedition.  We stayed on Little Snow Island, and there was an awesome sunset.  It was someone’s birthday, so then we made a three-level cake with peanut butter and Nutella, which was also pretty awesome.

What is the best BOC trip you’ve been on?
The winter summit of Mt. Washington last year was probably my favorite.  I’ve never been that cold in my life.  It was cool though, because all the buildings we saw were completely covered with ice.  

What is your favorite type of trip to lead, and why?
Backpacking trips are probably my favorite type of trip to lead.  I especially like backpacking in the White Mountains and Grafton Notch State Park. I like the sense of independence you get from carrying all of your stuff.  You have a really good connection with the outdoors when you’re backpacking.

What challenges have you overcome as a BOC leader?
Being from Southern California, I didn’t have a lot of experience with snow camping.  I think that’s been one of my accomplishments has been learning how to deal with hypothermia.  

What do you want your legacy in the BOC to be?
Eating with a fork.  As opposed to a spoon.  I think they’re impractical.

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