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Mike Woodruff '87, Outing Club Director

Mike Woodruff '87, Outing Club Director (207) 725-3346

Upon completing his degree at Bowdoin Mike headed to the Southeastern United States to pursue his lifelong passion of paddling whitewater. During his 5 years in the region Mike kayaked, canoed, and rafted many major rivers, minor tributarys, and flooded creeks in the area. In ’92 Mike returned to the rivers of Maine to work with BOC director emeritus Jim Lentz. Since then Mike has overseen and managed the BOC’s explosion of growth to become the largest student organization on campus. Mike’s passion for whitewater, the outdoors, and student leadership has inspired and empowered countless numbers of Bowdoin students and established the outing club as an iconic fixture of the Bowdoin campus. While not teaching whitewater paddling, telemark skiing, or outdoor leadership Mike is a burgeoning organic farmer and lives on a farm in Brunswick, Maine, with his fantastic (and very patient) wife, Lucretia (former Co-Director of the BOC), and their sons Finnegan, Seamus, and Daire, and daughter Maeve.

Sarah Johnson '13, Outing Club Assistant Director

Sarah Johnson '13, Outing Club Assistant Director (207) 725-3325

Sarah (better known as “SJ”) was born and raised in the delightful city of Gloucester, MA with her three sisters and lovely parents. SJ graduated from Bowdoin in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Government (with little intention of pursuing either anytime soon), including a semester sailing the Atlantic with SEA semester (come talk to me about it, it was so cool!). While at Bowdoin, she played Ultimate Frisbee with the nationally renowned Chaos Theory, led trips for the Outing Club after completing LT her freshman spring, and worked for Sustainable Bowdoin, the Writing Center and for the Climbing Wall! SJ is notoriously hard to track down in the summer, but is likely to be found deep in the woods of Minnesota and Ontario, fashioning guitars out of trees that she chops down with her teeth (just kidding, she leads canoe trips there for Camp Widjiwagan, the greatest place on earth!). SJ dabbles in many activities, including canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, Nordic/Alpine/Tele skiing (and snowboarding, but don’t tell Mike that), winter camping, whitewater kayaking and rafting, and most recently and excitingly, rock climbing!! She is a big promoter of trying things for the first time, so if you have an itching to try something new, come say hi! She also likes to play sports so if you need another person on your IM soccer or hockey team, let her know!

Adam Berliner '13, Outing Club Assistant Director

Adam Berliner '13, Outing Club Assistant Director (207) 725-3125

Adam Berliner was born and raised in the thriving metropolis of New York City. He graduated from Bowdoin in 2013 with a degree in Philosophy. While at Bowdoin, Adam worked at the climbing wall for four years, and led trips for the BOC after completing Leadership Training during the spring of his freshman year. Adam spent many of his weekends participating in and leading BOC trips, including whitewater kayaking, rafting, and canoeing trips, winter mountaineering trips, hiking and backpacking trips. Adam also enjoyed teaching Leadership Training groups and leading them on backpacking trips. During his years at Bowdoin, he enjoyed playing in the internationally renowned fiddle band, Jesus and the Kid. After graduation, Adam pursued his other passion of cooking, and spent time cooking at Maialino restaurant in New York City. He spent the winter living out of his truck and following the snow all over the Rockies, skiing almost 100 days in the process, before returning to the food industry for the summer. Aside from telemark skiing, which Adam picked up his freshman year at Bowdoin, and cooking, which he picked up from his family at an early age, Adam’s other big passion is climbing. During his sophomore year at Bowdoin, Adam became an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, and helped to revive the climbing program at the BOC, which he still oversees. While Adam loves nothing more than a bluebird day in the mountains with absolutely no problems, one of his life mantras is that “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun,” and tries to instill this love of “second class fun” in his students. Adam is also keen on using failure as a teaching tool, and allowing his students to fail in a safe and controlled environment where failures can become teachable moments rather than disastrous events.


BOC Officers

Co-president Lizzie Kenny '16 |
Co-president Dimitria Spathakis '16 |
Treasurer Matt Goroff ’16
Secretary Aeron Westeinde ’16|

(207) 798-4268