Outing Club
at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Beyond the Pines Fellowship

Story posted January 28, 2010

Due to a generous grant from the Benson Family Foundation the Outing Club will be able to fund a Beyond the Pines expedition that 'fosters the spirit of adventure and encourages personal challenges and skill development and, in the end, contributes to the growth of the Bowdoin Outing Club'.

This year, applications for the Beyond the Pines Fellowship are due Sunday January 31st, 2010.

Last year two groups were awarded funds for their proposals:

Biking the Cabot Trail, by Danielle Marias

In August 2009, Allison Chan ('11), Andy Bell ('11) and I embarked on an epic adventure to Nova Scotia. With the generous support of the BOC Beyond the Pines fellowship, we successfully completed a bike touring trip of the Cabot Trail, about a 10 hour drive from Brunswick. The Cabot Trail is a 185-mile loop that encircles the island of Cape Breton and passes through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The trip spanned 7 of Cape Breton's hottest days of the year: 5 days of biking with a travel day on either end. We packed our gear in panniers on our bikes and stayed at campsites in small Scottish-influenced towns situated along the way. Some highlights include the picturesque route through valleys and highlands, beautiful coastal views of the Atlantic, moose sightings, and swimming at one of the most beautiful beaches in Canada. In addition to breathtaking scenery, we encountered some challenging climbs including French Mountain (1492 ft), North Mountain (1460 ft), and the steep hairpin turns up and down Smokey Mountain (1204 ft). Before climbing "Montagne French," we could smell burning rubber from cars braking down the steep terrain. Overall the trip was great and a lot of fun with no crashes or bike problems. In fact, we surprisingly didn't even have to change a tire. Without the fellowship, we never could have gone on this trip. Beyond the Pines is a great opportunity that can't be passed up!

Hiking the Dark Canyon complex, by Paul Landsberg

In January 2009, Ben Roberts-Pierel ('10), Kit Hamley ('10) and I ventured to the Dark Canyon complex in Southeastern Utah near the Colorado river for 6 days of backpacking. Every day consisted of advanced routefinding and often we had to backtrack only to find a route that we could shuttle our packs over or involved a lot of scrambling. The complex opened our eyes to the beauties of Canyon Country as we walked through different rock layers that revealed the geologic history of the area and checked out numerous petroglyph found in the area. I was able to reconnect with an area I love and introduce my friends to the beauty of Red Rock and Canyon Country. We also met with members of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance who gave us a recent history of advocacy and problems in protecting the area, illuminating the issues that were not apparent on the ground.

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