Here are a list of the Amphibious trips we offer. Click the boxes to find out more about the specific trips we offer and the awesome Batesies who lead them!
Do your interests include: Swimming in crystal clear lakes? Foraging for blueberries? Vistas? Walking softly? Carrying a big stick? Summiting more mountains than you can shake said stick at? Sunrise Canoeing? Tropical Modernism? Moosums? Learning what the correct plural of Moose is? Then join Sam “Scoot” Wells and Katlyn “Icy” Flynn for the adventure of a lifetime! We’ll start by hiking a glorious stretch of the Appalachian Trail, and then take up paddles to explore Maine’s beautiful Rangeley Lakes, giving you a taste of what the next four years in Maine have in store for you. We’re really hoping you’ll join us for what is sure to be the trip that you’ll remember having done!
Sam hails from the suburban wilderness of Arlington, Mass, where his loves of climbing rocks, scooting, and boats were fostered. When not wandering around the woods or captaining the sailing team with Katlyn, Sam spends his time at Bates philosophizing and boldly seeing how many shirts he can wear at one time. While abroad in Northern India this spring, Sam has become a connoisseur of banana cake and running away from monkeys, and he hopes that you are as excited as he is for this weird voyage into the wilderness of Maine!
While I (Sam) am a man(?) of many nicknames, among them Swells, Scoot, Hothands, and Noodlefoot, but these pale in comparison to the depth and breadth of Katlyn’s, none of which are fit to print. She’s an ice queen, born on the frozen tundra that they call Maryland, raised in a sailboat that was inexplicably stuck in the ice, and hardened by a semester in Stockholm. She’s an Economics Major, but her primary interests include dancing, apple-picking, yachting, cat-flensing, and teeth. She went on Rangeley 1 as a freshman, had an amazing time, and is coming back to finish the job this fall.
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In a remote Northern land, morning brings mist and cloud to the surface of the wide lake. A strange ancient mammal lifts its enormous weathered mullet to the sky and in long mournful call, yells ALRIGHT EVERYONE WAKE UP!! This is Hustlebunny (Dylan). A Warrior. A Medicine Man. A Friend. Then, out from the deep woods nearby, a form emerges, excitedly jumping back and forth clutching leaves of all different varieties-oak, elm, beech and even balsam fir! She is followed by a train of small furry animals. This sprite’s name is Fiona. WOOHOO It’s Rangely II! YEAH!!! Hustlebunny and Fiona will be leading you awesome Batesies, hiking on the famous Appalachian Trail and canoeing the gorgeous lakes of Western Maine. Get ready for late night sing alongs, sleeping under the stars, spontaneous dance parties (Beyonce anyone?), lots o’ swimming, sleeping bag battles and some moose wrangling!! We are so excited to meet all of you! We will have an amazing, unforgettable time!!
Hi first years, welcome to Bates!! I’m Fiona! Here’s a little about myself. I’m from New Paltz, NY/recently Whitefield, ME. I’m majoring in Environmental Studies in Ecology and I love the outdoors — I am obsessed with tree and bird identification. My favorite bird is the Hooded Warbler. I like to sing jazz and partake in random acts of crafts. Dylan and I have been friends since our first year here at Bates and are going strong! We are so psyched to become friends with you too.
My name is Dylan!!! I love going on adventures and having conversations. Sometimes when it’s twelve at night (talkin am) I text my friend Eli and I say, “Hey dude! Lets go to the beach!” So we go. Then wake up in the sand and drive back to Bates just in time for our 9:30 class. I am from Berkeley, California and have lots of pride for my city and state. People always ask, “Why/how did you end up at Bates from California”. I usually respond with, “Why not”. But really, I was looking for a change of pace and new perspectives, which I found here. I play on the Ultimate Frisbee team at Bates and always have a frisbee in my hand and want to toss. I study Sociology and found myself taking a lot of Philosophy classes because I love asking questions. I also love music and sometimes you will find me dancing. I am thrilled to be leading this trip and I promise that we will have plenty of fun, explore beautiful Maine, and learn a lot about each other!
Begin by hiking along the Appalachian Trail up Surplus Mountain in the beautiful Grafton Notch State Park and staying at a lean-to the first night. Continue hiking the next day to South Arm Campsite on Lower Richardson Lake and meet up with your opposing trip. Canoe the following day through The Narrows and into Upper Richardson Lake while surrounded by breathtaking mountains and walking trails on shore. It’s just the best of both worlds, ain’t it?!
Mooselookmeguntic (level 2)
1. Enthusiastic / aspiring explorers (Never touched a canoe? Never been in the woods? THAT’S OKAY!)
2. Anyone who is willing to sweat through all of their clothing and go 4 days without showering
3. Anyone who is excited to come to Bates and is looking forward to meeting new people!
4. Anyone who wasn’t too weirded out by Max and Halle’s bio’s
5. Anyone who likes puppies (seriously, who doesn’t like puppies?)
1. Eternal happiness and glory
2. Four days with Max & Halle in the wild
3. A groovy trail name
4. Survival skills for the imminent zombie apocalypse (for real tho)
5. Bonding with the other dudes and dudettes who chose this awesome trip
Hallison currently hales from the heart of the Big Apple, Saratoga Springs, but she fondly remembers her younger years, which she spent inhabiting the fine country of Belgium. She is a rhetoric major, which means she can persuade you to do anything, so watch out…seriously. When she’s not dreaming about working for National Geographic or flaunting her world-renowned champion “would you rather” status (challenge her in August to find out what that means) you can find Hal eating M&M’s in Commons or eating M&M’s at other various Bates College Campus locations. Her other interests include being the leader of a cult that religiously follows the band Third Eye Blind, talking in strange yet entertaining voices (to herself mostly), proposing vendettas against seagulls, speaking Spanish for her Spanish minor, playing on the women’s ice hockey team, and eating Cheez-Its and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with her favorite person ever (Max). So all of that is probably 83% true…with some embellishment. Halle is also one of the best embodiments of Bates College that you will see while at this school. She’s kind of super awesome.
Max Utter – known to his peers (okay mostly just Halle) by a variation of names such as Macs, Maxie, and Max & Cheese – is a New Hampshire native, born and bred in the lovely town of Exeter. Max is a Bio-Chem major and is minoring in French and Philosophy, and keeps himself busy by playing for the Men’s Club Soccer Team, the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, and his Bates Intramural soccer team. In his spare time, Max enjoys eating copious amounts of Cheez-Its and Goldfish to support his cheese addiction, climbing trees, and geeking out about Lord of the Rings. He can also do a killer head stand at any given moment. Max is not only a canoeing enthusiast, but also somewhat of an expert, so you will be in capable hands on our trip! He also wants to be a doctor someday, so you can trust him with all of your ailments. Oh, also, Max hates mustard. Ask him to tell you why (it’s a great trail story).
Lets cut the phony dissembling about a balanced liberal arts education and a small, nurturing college environment; you came to school in Maine to see a moose, right?! Where better to achieve this noble Aristotelian aim than a place that means “moose feeding place” in Abenaki (thanks Wikipedia!)? Your fearless leaders Fire and Ice, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Canoeing and Hiking, are psyched to start your Bates experience with a bang (or preferably, y’know, a moose). We will be sure to fill the time with singing, dancing, stargazing, games, spirit animal hunting and so much s’more. Sam and Mary may actually be more excited than you are for this trip and are giggling in the library as they write this. Come join us for the forest and lake based adventure of your life! Just remember: the only thing harder than pronouncing “Mooselookmeguntic” is not having the best 4 days of your life on this AESOP trip.
Rising junior Mary Krathwohl hails from the idyllic hamlet of Ipswich, Massachusettes, a town International Man of Mystery and AESOP leader Peter Krieg once called “charming”. Mary intends to major in Latin American Studies, y si, ella puede hablar Espanol muy bueno y le encanta BAILAR…vamos a la playa! She spends her free time both triple and long jumping on the track team and is more than qualified to leap over lakes, mountains, streams, or anything else foolish enough to stand in our way during the adventure. When not jumping o haciendo su tarea, Mary is “hucking the disc” on Bates’ Women’s Frisbee team, the Cold Front. She also led the NBA in rebounding between 2004 and 2007 and was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. To summarize: Mary is a baller and will be the perfect sensei to introduce you to Bates.
In west of Philadelphia, born and raised, in the boxing ring Sam spends most of his days. Chillin out maxin relaxin all cool, he enjoys lookin at some rocks outside of school (aka Geo major). With a couple of guys who are always up to no good, you can find him makin trouble in the Frye street ‘hood… The AESOP coordinators sent him to Mooselookmeguntic Lake for the summer because he is the freshest prince at Bates College. Also, rumor has it that he found a moose head at the bottom of a lake once…#truestory. Sam also loves to bike, hit the beat on the drums and say hi to everyone he sees. If you want to kick it in nature with one of nicest guys on campus… pick Sam.
Mooselookmeguntic is a new trip this year that will be a relaxing amphibious trip exploring all corners of Mooselookmeguntic Lake and the Western Foothills of the picturesque Rangeley region. Canoeing days will be spent journeying around the lake and the many small islands in the Stephen Phillips Preserve. Two days hiking in the Lakes Region allows for great views of Saddleback, Rangeley Lake, and the eastern edge of the White Mountains along with plenty of swimming in Smalls Falls!
*Mooselookmeguntic Islands I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
Flagstaff (Level 3)
Are you ready to get your AESOP [ROCKY] on? If so, join Alfie and Kwills for an incredible amphibious trip to Flagstaff Lake. That’s right, folks, we’ll be doing some fine canoeing on the infamous Flagstaff Lake, notorious for its underwater 18th century town. So, yeah, you’re pretty much gonna be canoeing Maine’s own Atlantis. Then, we’ll be hitting up the beautiful Bigelow preserve for some epic hikes and stunning sunrises. So come see why they call Maine Vacationland and choose Flagstaff 1 – you’ll be guaranteed a week of uncontrollable laughter, ridiculous stories, fine Italian cuisine, stargazing, tent cuddling, and more!
Hey there AESOPers Alfie here, I hail from a port known as ye olde Lawn-Guy-Land and enjoy binge drinking caw-fee…although I can hide the accent pretty well. Here at Bates I host a popular radio show which routinely has over 3 listeners and spend afternoons running in senseless loops around an oval with hurdles known as the “track.” I currently reside in the humble abode known as “The Woodshed,” an off campus house here in Maine’s second largest city. Fun Fact: Over the summer I was a US Mailman and got an awesome hat. (Read: I did it for the hat and boyhood dream of driving the truck.)
Hey, hey, heyyy!!! My name’s Katie (but most people call me Kwills) and I’m a rising senior from Bethesda, Maryland…but let’s be real here, I usually just tell people I’m from D.C. I absolutely LOVE history and am obsessed with architecture. In fact, I’m studying in Rome right now, so it’s the best of both worlds!!! Fun facts about Kwills: I have two pet sharks named Xerces and Troy and I’m a registered Civil War re-enactor. When I’m not giving tours or slipping all over the IM soccer field, you can find Alfie and me drifting through snow banks in his Jeep Wrangler, bridge jumping, avoiding getting shot in the woods on the first day of hunting season, and other general debauchery.
Excited about AESOP, but can’t decide what trip to do?
So many great options, how do you choose?
Flip a coin or ask the sorting hat?
Look no further, Flagstaff II is the answer!
We will spend days paddling on the water, nights star gazing on the beach.
Then we will switch, and hit the trails as we climb so ever high;
The mountains of Bigelow, The Horns, and Avery Peak.
No where else will you get to experience, such an incredible feat!
And somewhere in between, on this late summer night,
Flagstaff I will pay us a visit.
It will be a gathering of gatherings as we dance around the fire.
Sure to be a special, so I would advise not to miss it.
With Julia and I, as your fearless leaders, partners in crime,
you are guaranteed to have an amazing time,
Make new friends, share a s’more, fall in love…. (with Bates).
All while seeing, what Maine has to offer!
Ahoy, the Class of 2018! My name is Tim Campbell and I am a rising senior. I am double majoring in Geology and Politics with the hopes of changing the world one rock at a time. I am a New Hampshire native, but I am currently studying abroad in New Zealand where I have been spending my time trekking around the country seeing and doing as much as possible, all while fitting in school work occasionally… I am an avid outdoor enthusiast with a large side of goofiness and fun. I love to hike, ski, and spend time on the water. If you are looking to have some fun, step out of that comfort zone, and see some of the most beautiful places in Maine, Julia and I are the leaders for you.
What’s up guys, it’s Julia…Tim’s coleader and partner in crime!! Although I’m nowhere near as funny or witty as Tim the man, I thought I’d just give you guys a brief idea of who I am and what a trip with us would be like. From running three seasons of the year, to trying to fit some skiing in and that thing called homework and work at the career center, daily life for me at bates is similar to many other batesies…super busy all the time. However, Aesop training and our trip with you guys is my favorite time of the year!!! I promise you that from our silly get to know you games that everyone simultaneously hates and loves, to the wonderful Maine wilderness and the bonding we will experience, our trip is an experience you won’t want to miss!!! So come join Tim and I, two people who have been friends since the beginning of our freshman year, for the best possible start to your freshman year…we might even get to see a moose and an eagle like last time!
Start off this trip hiking up Bigelow Mountain to The Horns and Avery Peak. Sleep well at a campsite right off the ridgeline and descend the next day via the Safford Brook trail until you reach Flagstaff Lake! Put in your canoes, enjoy a nice swim and paddle across this unique and vast lake. Explore the areas on shore and camp on islands you pass along the way.
*Flagstaff/Bigelow I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.
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