All members of the Bates community are automatically members of the Bates Outing Club (BOC)! We are one of the oldest collegiate outing clubs in the country, the first at a private college to include both men and women from inception, and one of the few outing clubs that remains entirely student run. The BOC sponsors trips throughout the year including backpacking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, surfing, mountaineering and even skydiving. Everyone is welcome on trips, and generally no experience is required. Nearly all are free of charge as well. Our trips are a great way to meet people, and also an opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful places in New England.
Trips are announced on the BOC mailing list, usually after Wednesday meetings. Sign up for the mailing list if you want to get outside!
We always want more trip leaders, and the more people and more varied locations and activities getting out the better! In order to be a trip leader, we ask that you, 1) be a Council Member, 2) be WFA or WFR certified, and 3) if you need a van, someone needs to be van certified, but personal vehicles are okay too.
After AESOP, what is there to do? Everything!
It’s the nicest, warmest, sunniest time of the school year while you’re up here. There is unlimited sea kayaking from Popham beach all the way up the coast past Boothbay Harbor to Acadia and Bar Harbor, whitewater kayaking on the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot Rivers, rock climbing in Gorham, NH or at Otter Cliffs in Acadia. There’s mountain biking along the power lines, at Mt. Appetite, or at Sunday River. You can climb some rocks, or go cliff jumpimg and swimming up by Bethel into Sunday River or the in the Saco River, and not to mention play on the zillions of trails around the White Mountains or in Baxter state park. Hell, the Appalachian Trail begins here in Maine.
Maine in the winta’, what could be bettah?. Unlimited possibilities for skiing/snowboarding and ice climbing. Trips go out every weekend to face the cold northeast. One can ski/board at any number of resorts or backcountry powder havens within two hours from campus or try one’s luck at climbing some of New England’s classic ice gullies and amphitheatres. You can even go ice fishing with the fishing club. One can snowshoe up Mt. Washington or attempt his/her luck at Katahdin during the January or February months.
One word: Cabin Fever; well I guess that’s two words. It’s time to get out and run around. Early spring still lends itself to warmer skiing, and hikes upon hikes in the nice sunshine. Crisp bike rides, muddy bike rides, infact the spring dishes out all the mud you could ever ask for and more. Later in the spring offers rock climbing down at the Gunks in New York and white water kayaking over in Vermont. Ever skied Tuckerman’s? Well short term is your best opportunity. What’s better than having only one class for a month while still living in beautiful Maine in April and May. Get Out There!!!!