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Mike Woodruff '87, Outing Club Director

Mike Woodruff '87, Outing Club Director

mwoodruf@bowdoin.edu (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.

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Anna Bastidas, Outing Club Assistant Director

Anna Bastidas, Outing Club Assistant Director

abastida@bowdoin.edu (207) 725-3325

After growing up in the great state of California, Anna bounced between coasts before finding herself loving life here in Maine. She graduated from Hamilton College in 2013 with a degree in environmental studies, concentrating in biology. While at Hamilton, Anna was an Outing Club officer for three years, paddled on the marathon canoe racing team, studied abroad in Costa Rica, worked as the gear fairy in the outing club equipment room, and led orientation trips in the Adirondacks. After college, Anna traveled around her home state working as a naturalist for an outdoor education company, interned at the NOLS Rocky Mountain Branch, and led backpacking and canoeing trips during the summers in Maine. Most recently, Anna worked at Coastal Studies for Girls, a semester school in Freeport, ME that focuses on marine science and leadership, and completed a NOLS instructor course this past summer. Anna enjoys many different activities, including but not limited to canoeing, backpacking, sea kayaking, adventure picnicking, winter camping, Nordic skiing, backcountry baking (reflector ovens are her favorite), singing by campfires, playing cribbage, and identifying wildflowers. She’s a big promoter of giving new things a whirl and is super jazzed to learn more about whitewater everything and skiing. Anna loves introducing folks to all of the wonderful-ness of the great outdoors and the fantastic state of Maine, so stop on by the BOC to say hello!

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Adam Berliner '13, Outing Club Assistant Director

Adam Berliner '13, Outing Club Assistant Director

aberline@bowdoin.edu (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 over 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.

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BOC Officers

Co-president Eileen Bates '17 | ebates@bowdoin.edu
Co-president Hannah Baggs '17 | hbaggs@bowdoin.edu
Treasurer Connor Phillips ’17  cdphilli@bowdoin.edu
Secretary Heather Witzel-Lakin ’17| hwitzell@bowdoin.edu

(207) 798-4268

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