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Spring Break

COC Spring Breaks in Fancy Photo Collages

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Black Mountains led by Hannah and Cassandra

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Olympic National Park led by Maddie, Teddy, and Torie

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Big Sur led by Meghan and Emma

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Grand Canyon led by Becky and Eric

Where else did we go?

  • Our friends at the CMC headed down to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky to send a few. The excitement was truly a handful as the climbing, and a finger, were cut off short. Nothing a trip to the emergency room can’t fix!
  • Colby ASB ventured out to the Grand Canyon and general Arizona desert where they installed a solar panel, farmed, and helped out communities.
  • Gregory attempted the Long Trail in Vermont, but had to make a few last minute changes given the snow levels. Returning to Connecticut, he summited Bear Mountain for some ice cliffs and steep ascents.
  • Seth shredded the fresh snow and embraced the warm Colorado sunshine while on his first trip to Vail.
  • Spencer and Jake joined the ultimate team in their impressive showing at the annual party tournament.

 

  • Oh the possibilities: With midterms upon us and spring break on the horizon, we might have a slow go this week. Spencer mentioned a ski trip and Owens brought up a possible Friday morning trip, so stay tuned for details or e-mail them at smmartin and kostrawi, respectively.
  • Spring Break: So close, yet so far. The COC will be sending trips to North Carolina, Arizona, Washington, and California. Other members are off to the Long Trail in Vermont, River Gorge in Kentucky, Vail skiing in Colorado, and some island in Georgia (exact location unknown).
  • BIG TRIP WEEKEND: As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we will be having a massive trip weekend April 25-27 including overnight trips, multi-night trips, and day trips of many varieties (hiking, paddling, etc). If you’re interested in leading one of these trips, please e-mail Torie (vkpalffy).
  • Trip leaders: Don’t forget to have your trippers fill out the post-trip survey! Don’t have one? E-mail Owens at kostrawi@colby.edu

COC Centennial Updates

  • Kick-off party THIS FRIDAY at 7pm in the Apartments lounge/patio (final location TBD). FREE kegs, barbecue, lawn games, and live student music thanks to the ever so talented Funktion! 21+ bring i.d.
  • Massive trip weekend: we’re hoping to send out record numbers of trips for our 100 year trip weekend April 25th-27th. Interested in leading a trip? Please e-mail Torie at vkpalffy@colby.edu

Other Social Crews and Office News

  • Gear inventory event this Friday at 4 pm. Stop by the COC Office to take gear inventory and help us figure out what we need to continue the club’s greatness. Snacks provided.
  • Elections: Are you interested in running for K-Council? Co-president elections will be held at our April 20th meeting. Secretary and Treasury elections will be the following meeting. Please e-mail Torie at vkpalffy with platforms.
  • Last call for babies! Still trying to become an officer, or looking to help out the club? We’re sending out our last call for projects. Please e-mail Eric at eswalton for more info.
  • Shout out to Anna and Will for their amazing work on our Pulver info board! Stop by to take in its awesomeness.

 

Trip Reports

  • Goin’ for Gold: Congratulations to Carina for winning the women’s division of the Maine Hut’s and Trails Ski Marathon! Way to crush that icy 20k.
  • Sugar Sugar: Seth and Owens headed into the Sugar Shack for some boiling- one and a half gallons to date!
  • CMC COC LUV: A couple of our COC climbers and even some first-timers joined the CMC for their weekly Thursday climbing night. Be sure to stop by this week- no experience or gear required!
  • Keepin’ it Local: Given the holiday weekend, we kept most of the action here in Waterville. Cassandra and Gregory both went for snowshoe romps in the arboretum, Spencer went to Sugarloaf (shock), Logan hung out with some fly fishing pros down at the LL Bean fly fishing clinic, and Owens and Brandon set up some Doghead slacklining in the spa.

Upcoming Trips

  • Oh the possibilities: With midterms upon us and spring break on the horizon, we might have a slow go this week. Spencer mentioned a ski trip and Owens brought up a possible Friday morning trip, so stay tuned for details or e-mail them at smmartin and kostrawi, respectively.
  • Spring Break: So close, yet so far. The COC will be sending trips to North Carolina, Arizona, Washington, and California. Other members are off to the Long Trail in Vermont, River Gorge in Kentucky, Vail skiing in Colorado, and some island in Georgia (exact location unknown).
  • BIG TRIP WEEKEND: As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we will be having a massive trip weekend April 25-27 including overnight trips, multi-night trips, and day trips of many varieties (hiking, paddling, etc). If you’re interested in leading one of these trips, please e-mail Torie (vkpalffy).
  • Trip leaders: Don’t forget to have your trippers fill out the post-trip survey! Don’t have one? E-mail Owens at kostrawi@colby.edu

Social Crews and Office News

  • “Chasing Ghosts and Dreams Along the Tibetan Plateau”, Tibetan Adventure Guest Presenter: Join us on April 3rd (tentative time 7pm, location TBD) for a jaw-dropping presentation by Dave Anderson. During the past eight years, Anderson has attempted and completed numerous first ascents in the Genyen Massif and Siguniang Mountains of Western China. Find out more info about him here.
  • Professional development: We’re creating a grant program to encourage certification courses and other skill development experiences. Interested members will choose a certification course, apply for a grant, and the club will vote for selections to receive partial funding/scholarship.
  • Are you in a student band? Please e-mail Teddy (esimpson) if your band is interested in playing for the COCtennial kick-off party!
  • COCtennial plans: Look out for the awesome COCtennial celebrations coming this April and May. Some events include: all campus kick-off party, big trip weekend, and a night under the stars.
  • Will you be on campus or in Maine this June? Please email Torie at vkpalffy if you’re interested in helping out with reunion weekend!
  • Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!

Trip Reports

  • GTL: Teddy and Sara led a crew up Mt. Megunticook to check out Camden’s signature ocean views. Amidst the ascent, the team refocused its mission on a necessary acclimatizing session to ease the transition in Spring. In other words, they stretched out and soaked up some rays.
  • Taking the Plunge: Elizabeth jumped into freezing Maine waters of the Polar Bear Dip this Saturday. Although the water was frigid, the outside air was surprisingly warm for March. Thanks to Elizabeth and all who participated in the Polar Bear Dip for their contributions toward after school meal programs.
  • Keepin’ it Local: As always, Colby had an impressive showing at Sugarloaf this weekend. Snow conditions receive mixed reviews. Brandon and Owens also ventured to Devil’s Chair, but could not climb any routes due to the poor ice quality. Snow frolicking was had and enjoyed by all.

Upcoming Trips

  • Ski Marathon: Carina and friends will be participating in the Maine Huts & Trails 6th annual ski marathon and tour this Sunday, March 16th. Sign-ups are still available through the Maine Huts & Trails website, and Carina has three spots open in her car. E-mail Carina for details (cwallack).
  • CMC climbing night: join the CMC at the wall this Thursday night at 8:30 to practice or learn the basics of climbing. No gear or experience necessary.
  • BIG TRIP WEEKEND: As part of our 100th anniversary celebration, we will be having a massive trip weekend April 25-27 including overnight trips, multi-night trips, and day trips of many varieties (hiking, paddling, etc). If you’re interested in leading one of these trips, please e-mail Torie (vkpalffy).
  • Trip leaders: Don’t forget to have your trippers fill out the post-trip survey! Don’t have one? E-mail Owens at kostrawi@colby.edu

Social Crews and Office News

  • Gear inventory: We will be doing a thorough inventory this week to nail down our semester gear package
  • Professional development: We’re creating a grant program to encourage certification courses and other skill development experiences. Interested members will choose a certification course, apply for a grant, and the club will vote for selections to receive partial funding/scholarship.
  • Are you in a student band? Please e-mail Teddy (esimpson) if your band is interested in playing for the COCtennial kick-off party!
  • COCtennial plans: Look out for the awesome COCtennial celebrations coming this April and May. Some events include: all campus kick-off party, big trip weekend, and a night under the stars.
  • Will you be on campus or in Maine this June? Please email Torie at vkpalffy if you’re interested in helping out with reunion weekend!
  • Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!

Speed Meeting

Trip Reports

  • Hot, hot, hot: Emma M. and Cassandra led a team up Burnt Mountain in what was a reportedly amazing, unreal [insert other awesome adjectives here] trip. The sun was shining, the spirits were high, and they all came back in one piece: success.
  • Dancing with the Devil: Brandon and Grace scaled up Devil’s Chair for some weekend ice climbing. Although the ice was subpar, all had a swell time. There was, however, blood due to crampon bites, tears due to popped contacts, and probably a fair amount of sweat. Owens was also sort of on the adventure, as they FaceTimed her in from her perch in a Georgia airport.
  • The Bean: Logan and Grace trucked down to L.L. Bean for a free fly-tying clinic.  Although the clinics are done for the season, fly fishing is only just getting going for the COC Spring.

Upcoming Trips & Squidgems

  • Camden, a word from the leaders: “This Saturday, join Teddy Simpson and [Sara LoTemplio]. We shall be going to Camden…to hike and frolic and admire the many buffalo (lol jk they are not native to Maine). Depending on conditions, we will most likely be snowshoeing. People of all skill levels are welcome.” Sign-ups go live Tuesday at 8pm.
  • Shayla and Logan have expressed interest in leading a Tumbledown trip on Saturday. Brandon and Owens have also considered leading one this weekend. Stay tuned for mas info.
  • Co-leads: Emma R., Jake, and Teddy have all expressed great desire for co-leads. Please contact them if you’re free this or any upcoming weekend!
  • TRIP LEADERS: Don’t forget to have your trippers fill out the post-trip survey! Don’t have one? E-mail Owens at kostrawi@colby.edu

Social Crews and Office News

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! Congrats to all COC members past and present on our 100th anniversary. Check out the picture of our Bean Boot cake, thanks to Campus Life and Colby Dining. Stay posted for the host of fun events we have planned to celebrate this Spring!
  • Will you be on campus or in Maine this June? Please email Torie at vkpalffy if you’re interested in helping out with reunion weekend!
  • Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!
Das Boot

Das Boot

February Fun Day

Trip Reports

  • Biddies up the Battie: Meghan, Emma M., and their all female crew harnessed the girl power magic as they ascended Mt. Battie this Saturday. With snowshoes and ocean views, good times were a guarantee. Rumors of slight nudity have recently been milling.
  • No Dads, no problems: Hannah brought the bike down to Boston for a womens’ bike tour and a full day of eating potholes in the city. As it was a womens’ event, Hannah’s dad-friend count returned disappointingly low.
  • Koch Fest: This Friday the COC welcomed the Bill Koch Fest, a middle school cross country ski festival over yonder at Quarry Road. Logan, Maggie, and the team of pyromaniacs built a large fire in the rain and provided pre-race s’mores to fuel our future all-stars.
  • Sugar Daddy: Seth and his maple sugarers tapped trees this weekend and already collected a whopping 30 gallons. Boiling will likely start this coming weekend. Nomz.
  • Don’t Drop that Thun Thun: The COC dropped some knees this Saturday at Sugarloaf as Grace led yet another awesome tele clinic. The crew brought their game faces and reportedly picked up the sport at impressive speeds.
  • Local Shenanigans: As always, we had a plethora of local adventuring. Emma went a shootin’ with the Sportsmen Club, Ariella explored the infamous belgrade mountain known cleverly as “The Mountain”, and Torie and Spencer strapped their skis on their backs to check out the unofficial glades over at Quarry Road.

Upcoming Trips & Squidgems

  • Burnt Mountain: This weekend might just be too hot to handle as Cassandra, Meghan, and Emma M. lead a crew up Burnt Mountain for a snowshoe mission. Sign-ups go live Tuesday at 8pm.
  • Bacon Farm: Don’t be a ham, this here is a syrup farm. Join Seth and local syrup master Shirley as she gives a tour of a professional sugaring facility. Email Seth (spbutler) for more info.
  • Co-leads: Emma R., Jake, and Teddy have all expressed great desire for co-leads. Please contact them if you’re free this or any upcoming weekend!

Social Crews and Office News

  • Office Revamp: Thanks to the many people who joined our office revamp session! Not only is the office spotless (relatively), but we have a couple new additions to the art on the wall. Stop by to check it out!
  • Welcome, Ryan: We’re super stoked to welcome Ryan Linehan as the new Director of Outdoor Education! Not only is he a stellar fellow, but he is absolutely awesome for the future of all outdoor loving at Colby.
  • Gear Package: Much of the meeting needed to be directed towards matters of money so we can satisfy future matters of the heart. We fielded suggestions for our upcoming gear package, and we are eager to vote this coming Sunday.
  • Adventure Movies: Furthering our love of democracy, we voted to host two sick adventure movies this semester- one ski production and one Tibetan exploration compilation. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Gear Council: Get geared up to manage, repair, and organize your favorite gear. If you have special interest in tele skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, camping, or any other fields of gear, please holler at Torie via e-mail or carrier pigeon.
  • Budget info: If you didn’t get enough budget talk on Sunday, check our budget summary (taped to the whiteboard) and  see the inside scoop on all of our financial fun.
  • Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!

Trip Reports

  • Rumford Whitecap: Gregory and Carina fled to Rumford Whitecap with a sea of snowshoers to explore the “amazing winter wonderland”. The reported face planting allowed for increased  quality time with both the trail and said wonderful conditions.
  • Camden Snow Bowl: Will and Owens tackled a host of wintry activities in their conquest of the Camden Snow Bowl. After rejecting the advice of locals for bigger and better adventures, the crew tackled a short hike and celebrated with an afternoon of tobogganing and shirtless snow tubing. Note to future tubers: use protection. Shirts advised if looking to avoid unwanted chafing.
  • Maine AMC: Hannah went ‘xploring with the Maine chapter of the AMC on a trip led by 75 year-old Roger. Her survival was partially in question as Roger increasingly took cherry flavored bourbon to the face.
  • Keepin’ it local: We had a plethora of cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and Loafers that took the trails to enjoy the snow slaughter of this past weekend. We’re talking everything from hard core cross country skiing, to innocent first timers, to gang invasions of Sugarloaf’s Brackett Basin.

Upcoming Trips & Squidgems

  • Burnt Mountain: Watch out! Things are getting hot March 1st weekend as Cassandra, Meghan, and Emma take a team up Burnt Mountain for a snowshoe gallivant.
  • Boston Lady Bikers: Looking to a join a womens’ collegiate bike event (or something like that!) e-mail Hannah at hmdhonau.
  • Join Carina in  office hours Tuesday (a.k.a today) to learn all of the ropes about fitting for nordic skis. (7-8 pm)
  • Stay posted! This is a week of spontaneity. Keep your eyes peeled for an e-mail or join our Facebook group to stay on top of any last minute trips that develop.
  • Interested in sugaring? E-mail Seth at spbutler to get on your maple syrup grind.

Social Crews and Office News

  • Office Revamp: THIS FRIDAY! Join us Friday around 4pm to paint, post, and personalize the COC home base.
  • COCtenntial Council: Our band of awesome party planners has formed. If you’re interested in joining the council and organizing our 100 year celebration this Spring, e-mail Torie at vkpalffy.
  • Gear Council: Get geared up to manage, repair, and organize your favorite gear. If you have special interest in tele skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, camping, or any other fields of gear, please holler at Torie via e-mail or carrier pigeon.
  • Feeling Hot Hot Hot: Congrats to all of our new trip leaders! Shayla and Owens took the hot seat on Sunday, and more are to come for this week!
  • Budget info: Check our budget summary (taped to the whiteboard) and  see the inside scoop on all of our financial fun.
  • Are you an officer? We’re updating our officer list! Please add your name here for our new Officer of Officers.
  • Pro Deals: If you’re a trip leader, check out cascadedesigns.com and e-mail Will at wkearney@colby.edu for the pro deal prices.
  • MeANS: Looking to work with local, high school outing clubs? Swell! E-mail Ryan at rkcole@colby.edu
  • Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!

Trip Reports

  • Franconia Notch: After Hannah fell ill from a previously unknown strand of the bubonic plague, it was up to Sara and Bengtson to lead the tribe into the Franconia wilderness. They even made peace with fellow hikers from the Williams Outing Club, whilst sipping on hot tea from the comfort of an AMC hut. Great times were had by all.
  • Mt. Washington Ice Fest: Brandon, Ariella, Grace, Hayden, and a ragtag crew ventured down to Mt. Washington for this year’s Ice Fest. There was a plethora of ice climbing, a couple fun nights out, a host of sweet movie screenings, and one summit of ye ol’ Mt. Washington itself.
  • Bald Rock: Emma and Gregory snowshoed up Bald Rock in Camden Hills last Saturday. We have reports of pristine island and Atlantic views coupled with arguably pristine nudity and tactical butt sliding (not at the same time, unfortunately).
  • Sugarloaf: Grace and Spencer returned to Sugarloaf for some tele-skiing and (much needed) fresh snow. They happened to run into and befriend one of Hannah’s previously discussed biker dad friends (email hmdhonau for further inquiries).
  • Adventure Olympics: Our Adventure Olympics Loudness event was a success! Thanks to all who came out for the kayak sledding, snowshoe obstacle course, hot chocolate, and cookies. Congratulations to our winning obstacle teams: 1) Stephen and Will 2) Becky and Terrence 3) Misha and Kaitlyn

Upcoming Trips

  • Rumford Whitecap: Gregory and Carina are headed out for a Saturday snowshoe hike chockfull of incredible views, nutella, and Olympic spirit. Sign-ups went live at 8pm tonight.
  • SPRING BREAK: Sign-up for the spring break lottery! We will be tabling in Pulver Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday from 11am until 2pm. We have backpacking trips going to the Grand Canyon (AZ), Olympic National Park (WA), the Mountains to Sea Trail (NC), and Zion National Park (UT).
  • Interested in sugaring? E-mail Seth at spbutler to get on your maple syrup grind.

Social Crews and Office News

  • Office Revamp: Keep an eye out for our Office Revamp event sometime next week. It’s time to make our mark on those walls.
  • Are you an officer? We’re updating our officer list! Please add your name here for our new Officer of Officers.
  • Tabling: Help man the Pulver tables for our spring break sign-ups and t-shirt sales. Volunteer here
  • T-shirt sales: COME BUY YOUR NEW FAVORITE SHIRT. Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday from 11am until 2pm in Pulver. Shirts are $10, or $5 if you’re an officer or trip leader.
  • Pro Deals: If you’re a trip leader, check out cascadedesigns.com and e-mail Will at wkearney@colby.edu for the pro deal prices.
  • MeANS: Looking to work with local, high school outing clubs? Swell! E-mail Ryan at rkcole@colby.edu
  • Councils on Councils: After the positive reviews from the Loudness Council, we’ll be incorporating more councils into our structure. Are you interested in planning our COC Centennial Events? Join our COCtennial council! Do you love skis, stoves, snowshoes, or any other COC gear? Sign-up for Gear Council! Email Torie (vkpalffy@colby.edu) to put your name on the lists.
  • Do you like making s’mores, building fires, or watching tiny humans on skis? Join the COC’s volunteer efforts at the Bill Koch Ski Fest this February at Quarry Road. E-mail Hannah (hmdhonau@colby.edu) for more info!
  • Congrats to new officers Teddy and Logan as well as new trip leaders Shayla and Will Q.!
  • New Facebook Group: Join our Facebook group for more efficient communication, planning, and social fun!
  • We hope you enjoyed the visit from Papa J! More pizza in the future? Oh, just maybe.
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