Base Camping

 Here are a list of the Base Camping trips we offer. Click the boxes to find out more about the specific trips available and the awesome Batesies who lead them!

Acadia (Level 1)

Acadia I:

How do you feel about bummin’ around the woods of Maine, catching fireflies in your BEAR hands, gettin your toes wet and cold–shore side in the Atlantic, and roasting chestnuts—I mean smores? on an open fire in the outdoorsy but not alienated from civilization heart of Acadia National Park? Well if your not interested in any of that, how do you feel about run on sentences anyways….fragments? Acadia 1, because you like the outdoors but want to do more than just hike the A.T.

Activities include:
Frisbee, hiking, swimming, bookclub, the hungergames—ehhem we mean cookouts, card playing, séances, secret telling, ghost stories, hair braiding, star-gazing, and access to bathrooms!

Come hang out with us on Aesop in Acadia 1 with Molly and Evan. Get acquainted with the Maine outdoors (your new home!) and make friends for lyfe.

Evan Cooper:

Academically: Politics Major, History Minor, Education GEC
Campus activities: rowing, water polo, and extreme procrastination
Favorite Vegetable: snow peas
Something to check off the bucket list: get a job, and finish How I Met Your Mother
Weakness: kiwis
Strength: sandwich masterpieces
Mediocrity: spanglish
Map me: Connecticut, Nepal
Theme: nautical
Favorite Saying: I like turtles
Celebrity look alike: Dave Franco

Molly Pailet:

Academically: History Major
Campus Activities: Bates Author’s Guild, Yoga, Masterpiece Theater Club, more yoga.
Favorite Vegetable: beets! or spaghetti squash….produce in general
Something to check off the bucket list: see the northern lights
Weakness: pancreas
Strength: word games, candying nuts
Mediocrity: telling time
Map me: Colorado, Maine, the cupboard under the stairs
Theme: whimsy
Favorite Saying: birds of a feather flock together.
Celebrity look alike: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Acadia II:

Are you interested in discovering the meaning of life? Do you love Entourage? Then read on and bear with us. Acadia is essentially Entourage (aka LA, CA). From the towering peak of Cadillac Mountain (aka Hollywood sign) to the freezing cold of the Atlantic (aka the Pacific), Acadia is the not developed, not warm, devoid of humans version of LA. Except you have awesome trip leaders like Bando and Devonte (aka Vince and E). Come romp with us in sandals and hiking boots (our version of a Rolls Royce) in the beautiful Acadia National Park! On this trip, we’ll be taking some leisurely strolls through the mountains, chilling by the beach, and being the first people to see the sun rise in America (instead of the last)! Come join Acadia II and experience Maine at it’s finest! So come be a part of our entourage!

Emily Bandoni:

Hello, my name is Emily Bandoni, aka Bando, Bandeezï, Lil B, Lewis (which makes no sense), or E. Born and raised my home stomping ground of Vail, CO (namedrop), I enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies, classical music, and my main man Kanye. I am a politics major, math minor, and rising junior here at Bates College. During my time here, I have mastered the art of squirrel watching, rocking fresh kicks and am an indispensable member of my intramural soccer/hockey/softball team. I’m excited to meet all you first years and look forward to teaching you how to telemark ski (if you don’t know already) and how to consume a mug of Commons soft served ice cream in under two minutes (I’m not proud of it). I can’t wait!!! #AESOP2014

Julian Bardin:

Hello world! My name is Julian Bardin but everyone calls me Dëvonté. I hail from Westchester, NY and I love llamas. My hope is that senior year I will have a llama. No joke, my friend can knit llama hair and make gloves. All seriousness aside, I am a politics and studio art double major, a French minor, and a rising junior. On campus, I am a tour guide for Admissions, an office assistant at the Career Development Center, VP of the Organization Review Board in student government, and founder/president of the Bates Arts Society (CHECK IT OUT!! I enjoy jamming to the Beach Boys, am obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, love my car Fat Bessie, and my hero is Mariska Hargitay (duh).

Acadia III:


The call beckons you to the most beautiful and scenic island utopia. Just like the Mi’kmaq of old, we too must pilgrimage to the great Acadia. Picture the greatest of the escapes you could ever imagine: sprawling, rocky beaches clashing into the deep, blue Atlantic. To your back the shadow of one of the many grand peaks Maine has to offer.

If you’re going to come camp with Ben and Emma (which you most definitely should) it’ll be forest exploring, beach chilling and don’t you worry, there’s always time for a dip in the deep, blue sea. When night comes, get ready for the most beautiful view of Orien’s Belt that you will have ever seen.

Acadia III is repping hard this year.
You guys will be bonding like hydrogen and oxygen in H20.
You guys will be bonding like chocolate and s’mallow in s’mores.
You guys will be bonding like whatever the federal bank does with that bond stuff (neither of us are econ majors).

Emma is a dynamic lacrosse playing/powder slaying/straight A-ing bobcat and trust us, Ben’s the coolest ‘cat you’ll meet at Bates. He’s been known as the Lord of Lewiston.**

We don’t want to beat around the bush, Acadia is a national park. We ain’t messin’ with those other AESOP trips. We’re on the federal level, baby.

You bring the stories, we’ll brings the tunes. We’ll be gelling like Dr. Scholl’s by weeks end.

**in some circles.

 Emma Getsinger:

Hey everyone! I’m Emma and I am so PUMPED to hang out with you all. I am a very energetic person so, naturally I love to keep busy with lots of different activities. I am a member of the women’s varsity lacrosse team and play on an IM soccer team in the fall. For the academia side of me, I am a History and American Cultural Studies double major. When I’m not in the classroom or on the field, you can find me jammin’ to music of any genre, chillin’ on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard or shredding pow just about anywhere I can find a mountain. Southern Connecticut (Darien, to be specific) is home to me and I LOVE to cook and experiment with different combinations of food. So that’s me! Keep doing you, crush the rest of your senior year and welcome to the Bobcat family.

Ben Smiley:

Hello, I am Ben, But who is Ben? Ben is a proud laid-back bobcat, a bobcat that will be, honestly, so excited to meet you future bobcats you will, literally, not believe it. Enough of the third person, I am generally against using it. I am a midwest (north of Chicago) born bobcat who loves nothing more than talking music and hanging out in the beautiful Maine wilderness. I have a Math Major and during those snow months you can find me at the mountain. Sounds good.

Nestled in the coastline of northern Maine, Acadia National Park is one of the most renowned scenic areas in the state. These trips will camp in group camping facilities with bathhouses and easy access to more “creature comforts,” however all participants still sleep in tents and cook on camping stoves, ensuring that you will still receive a true outdoor experince.

Days in Acadia are spent either day hiking, exploring the local town of Bar Harbor, or hanging out at the beach.  While the itineraries vary year to year based on the leaders and group interests, typical hikes might include a walk up Beehive mountain or even a sunrise hike of Cadillac Mountain.  Nights are spent hanging out around the campfire playing games, talking with you new classmates, and cooking s’mores.

Every year we typically send three trips to Acadia national park.  While they do camp in somewhat close proximity to one another, for the most part the trips stay separate in order to maintain the small group dynamic the AESOP prides itself on.

Like all other base camping trips, the Acadia AESOP is designed to be lower-intensity and is ideal for those who are excited about AESOP and being in the outdoors, but who might be less comfortable with a higher-level trip.

*Acadia I, II, III & IV share similar itineraries, but are run as separate trips.

Evan's Notch (Level 2)

Evan’s Notch I:

Reasons to go on Forrest and Michela’s AESOP:

1) the universe is expanding. act now. no fear. no regrets.

2) Evan’s Notch might be your spirit place.

3) diverse activities including but not limited to: sharing secrets, summit selfies, correctly identifying poison ivy, witty banter, bedtime stories, gingerly stepping across stones holding hands as we cross river beds, debating over the use of oxford commas, and cultivating a healthy respect for raccoons.

4) we believe in you.

Michela Moscufo:

Hey hey. My name is Michela; I’m a paradox, no I’m not. I can dig most anything but especially cappuccinos, stargazing, Woody Allen films and white houses with green shutters. I once went 150 miles through on the Extra-Terrestrial highway in the Nevada desert on an empty tank of gas. I’m from Brookline MA but I grew up in Rome. I’m a fan of good art and good conversation. Can’t wait to meet y’all.

Forrest Naylor:

Agent 004est

Driver’s License?: Yes. Issued in Baltimore Country Maryland, Valid in most U.S. territories
Scuba Open Water Certification? Yes.
Ice Resurfacer (like a zamboni) Certification?: Hell Yes.
License to bare arms? Not super into tank-tops or armaments
License to bear arms? Only the hibernating kind.
License to ill? Yes.

Hi, my name is Forrest (insert corny “my name is Forrest and we are going to be in a forest joke” here), and I’m a physics major entering my junior year! I like Bates, Beats, and Battlestar Galactica. Also, I’m a fan of mediocre art and mediocre conversation if you’re worried about Michela’s high standards. Looking forward to having a fantastic Aesop with you guys!

Evan’s Notch II:

New Bobcats: “Who in tarnation is Evan and what the deuce is a Notch (II).”

Us: “How the heck can a bobcat talk? But actually, we don’t know. But we hope we meet Evan on the trails.”

Really though, with Ned and Joce, all questions of life will be solved and all marshmallows will be roasted on open flame and turned into smores. Ever wanted the cool mountain breeze rippling through your hair? How about a cozy fire warm you as you look up at the stars? If so, Evan’s Notch II is the trip for you. Whether we’re hiking mountains, chilling fireside, or belting out jams in the van, this trip is going to be a blast because, as a few wise people once said, “we take it back like Robin Loxley, rockin’ from countrysides to spots where hard rocks be.”

Jocelyn Hoye:

My name is Jocey and I come from a small village called Old Sturbridge Village. In my village, we wear bonnets, warm up by the fire, and churn our own butter weekly. In my spare time I like to think about physics. My spirit animal is a golden retriever and I am always down to toss a frisbee disc #batescollegecoldfront. I enjoy watching how I met your mother and my favorite candy is skittles. I’m obsessed with chipotle and guacamole. I spent last summer traveling around Iceland. I enjoy meeting new people and laughing!

Ned Donaldson:

Whaddup Bobcats! My name is Ned and I come from the wilderness that is JOB (just outside Boston) where I spent my childhood . Recently returned from China, I have no shortage of random stories that I can regale you guys with as we chill at the campsite or go out on one of our day hikes! If that isn’t to your liking, Joce will probably make me sing to you, despite my protests. Lately, I’ve been into reading the Hunger Games so prepare yourselves guys! Can’t wait to meet you! May the odds be ever in your favor! 

This base camping trip is nestled between Maine and New Hampshire within the White Mountain National Forest. Day hikes along the the Baldface and Royce ranges consists of a string of peaks, all well under 4000 feet tall, but still provide spectacular views of Mt. Washington and moderate to difficult days of hiking. You will be sure to take a dip in Emerald Pool before stopping in North Conway, NH for ice cream!

*Evan’s Notch I & II share the same itinerary, but run in opposite directions.

Maine Coast Chillin (Level 1)

Maine Coast Chillin I:

Ever catch yourself day dreaming about sitting on the beach in Vacationland with Maddy and Jackson? Well you’re in luck, after being unanimously selected as best leader pair of the 2013 aesop experience (by people they chose to survey), everybody’s favorite dynamic duo is back. We’re gonna get you ready for your next four years at bates, and what better way to do it than hanging out with the best people on a beach, making sandcastles, playing frisbee, getting in your last tan until short term, taking some day hikes with some cool views, eating lots of s’mores, stargazing, and most importantly, chillin (if you exert yourself too much, we’ll get you back to the beach). The road trip there and back will be filled with jams and good times with Jackson’s infamous driving skills (buckle up!) and Maddy’s beautiful voice. Plus, we’re pretty sure our outdoors experience is on par with Bear Grylls. There’s a reason we’re Maine Coastal 1 so keep day dreamin’ and get ready for lots of chillin’.

Jackson Fleming:

“Hi!” or “Aloha!” as we say in France (don’t quote me on that though, I’m still working on picking up the language) where I’m studying abroad this semester. Welcome to the Maine Coastal Chilling 1 leadership page! I’m Jackson, a West Roxbury Massachusetts native, avid Boston and Liverpool sports fan, three-time intramural champion, and a Classical-Medieval studies major (hottest major around). If you come on our trip I can promise you I’ll try to snag a couple extra boxes of Annie’s Mac and Cheese (best meal on Aesop especially once the Frank’s hot sauce starts getting passed around). Looking forward to meeting you all, and coasting over to Maine’s sunny beaches for the perfect end to summer, and start to an awesome year at Bates.

Maddy Youniss:

Hey guys, I’m Maddy, I’m from Wellesley, Mass, and despite having lived there my whole life, I apparently still struggle spelling Massachusetts. I’m a rising senior, a bio major, and right now I’m studying in Copenhagen, becoming an expert at eating pastries. My favorite color is blue, I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, I’m addicted to gum, my spirit animal is probably a monkey, and the first CD I ever owned was Spiceworld. At Bates, I spend most of my time in Commons, where I have honed the skill of procrastination to perfection. Jackson and I met on Aesop our freshman year and have been training for you guys with nightly campfire sessions ever since (actually though, we learned how to roast starbursts last year).

Maine Coast Chillin II:

This trip is about to be chiller than a freezer inside a bigger freezer set atop Mount David during a Polar Vortex. No, but seriously, I checked with the Chem department and they were baffled by the fact that this trip is 0 degrees Kelvin and still manages to chilltastically exist in our universe. Prospective candidates may look forward to activities including but not limited to: chillin’, grillin’, day hikin’, poetry slammin’, ice breakin’, and colloquial word abbreviatin’. But in some seriousness this trip will involve base camping on the pristine coast of Maine and some occasional, leisurely day hikes around the Morse Mountain conservation area and Popham Beach State Park. But guys, seriously, colder than that Kanye West single “Theraflu” before its name was changed to “Way too Cold.” Boom.

Beau Sperry:

Boom Boom Boom! I’m Beau Sperry and I’m an English major and professional wildcard from Salt Lake City, Utah. I’ve been abroad for a year AND a short term, (Rwanda, Morocco, France) and have decided to return from my Bruce Wayne-esque disappearance in the most glamorous and heroic fashion possible: leading an AESOP Chillin’ Trip. I couldn’t possibly be more stoked on reentering the Bates community and getting back to the natural treasure that is Maine. At Bates, I can be found spinning notoriously eclectic jams in the WRBC Studio, polishing my (very unpolished) Fus’ha at Arabic Club meetings, or spending way, way too long in Commons. AESOP was an unforgettable experience for me as a Batesie, and I can’t wait to take part in the introduction of some new Bobkittens to their natural, wild habitats. Finally, I’m about to be a senior. Last time I was a senior, this happened: ‘SOP is going to be much, much scrappier than this. (in answer to your inevitable question, no, BruBeau Mars is not slated to make an appearance. Yet.).

Alison Kimball:

Hilo there! I’m Alison Kimball and I’m a religious studies and mathematics major from—you guessed it—just outside of Boston. This past semester, I studied abroad in Prague where I almost won a goulash eating contest but fell short due to a judging scandal that sparked international controversy. Back at Bates, I am a regular in the math workshop and enjoy taking long (but mostly short) walks through the quad after a geriatric 4:30 dinner. I am so unbelievably excited to be leading Maine Coast Chillin’ II (my first year AESOP!), and can’t wait to show you the little slice of heaven that is Hermit Island—Kelp Shed “concert venue” included. 

The (aptly named) Maine Coastal Chillin’ trip explores the sites of Maine’s coast (and beaches!) just south of the Brunswick/Bath area. On this trip, you’ll take excursions to the Morse Mountain conservation area, as well as to nearby Popham Beach State Park. You’ll have the opportunity to go on some very accessible day hikes in the surrounding area, as well as plenty of chances to hang around and explore the local beaches.

Situated just a short drive from the Bates Campus itself, the Hermit Island area is a popular destination for Batesies throughout the rest of the school year. We love it so much in fact, that we hold our bi-annual Clam Bake (a student favorite) right there at Popham Beach.

Like all other base camping trips, the Maine Coastal Chillin’ AESOP is designed to be lower-intensity and is ideal for those who are excited about AESOP and being in the outdoors, but who might be less comfortable with a higher-level trip.

*Maine Coastal Chillin’ I & II share similar itineraries, but are run as separate trips.

Camden Hills (Level 2)

Camden Hills I:

Ready for action, adventure, excitement, and danger?!?! Yeah, hard pass on all that. Come with us to the coastal paradise of Camden, Maine. Brace yourself for action packed chill sessions on the beach, adventurous day hikes, exciting journeys up streams, and a dangerous amount of smores. Come coastal chill and basecamp with Aaron, a five time California State champion beach chiller, and Becky, from Connecticut. In addition, you should pick us, because we’re tough, and we have tattoos.You won’t regret it!

Aaron Rubin:

Hi, my name is Aaron, I’m a Leo, and if I had to describe myself as a hunter or a gatherer, I would probably say hunter. I grew up 3,236 miles away in Napa, California. I know what you want to ask, and the answer is yes, that was where “The Parent Trap” was filmed. I study Politics und ich kann Deutsch. I have used a shoelace as a belt since freshman year. I love music from the 60′s and 70′s and try to play the guitar like Jimmy Page. My hobbies include woodwork and college football.

Rebecca Moore:

My name is Becky and I hail from the coastal town of Stonington, CT. If you can’t find me I’m probably on the Scogg rowing boats or on my skis at Sunday River. I grew up in the woods with my sister and as a Biology major I am extra qualified to inform you that my spirit animal is a sea otter. I have been traveling my whole life and love tree hugging, climbing mountains and eating ice cream. Get ready for sing-alongs!

Camden Hills II:

Imagine yourself being transformed to a completely remote world next to a beautiful body of water. You are surrounded by your new large family…having the most fun you have ever had while getting into all sorts of Shenanigans. You can make this place a reality by spending your first week as a Batesie on the beautiful coast of Maine! We will go on day hikes, kayak the coast and explore the surrounding islands of Penobscot Bay. You will do all of this and more under the leadership of the two most Bear Grylls-like, best looking students Bates has ever seen…but only if you sign up for CAMDEN HILLS II. Bruce Springsteen, the Zac Brown Band and Paris Hilton will all make a guest appearance on the bus drive. It is necessary for everyone to thoroughly enjoy and be able to dance to the Top 20 hits. So….let’s start this semester off right with an epic quest together. With Reed’s excellent camping SWAG and Abi’s connections to the Maine mafia…you will not be disappointed.

Reed Lewallen:

Hellllooooo…my name is Reed and I will be a senior by the time AESOP 2014 begins! I hale from the other Portland but wouldn’t make the cut for or consider myself similar to any character on the show Portlandia. I aspire to be Jim Carrey but am often confused with Phil Dunphy. I enjoy a solid peanut butter and jelly sandwich and long walks on the beach. My fears include the Chupacabra and poor dental hygiene. Watching people brush their teeth also really bothers me… seriously…please don’t make fun. I can impersonate Kermit the frog and love a good Rom Com. I know how to operate a George Foreman grill and can pitch a mean tent. I have successfully survived after rafting down the Hood River in Oregon on a Walmart air mattress with nothing but my manhood to hold onto. So….if you wanna know s’more about me or have a ton of fun and hear a lot more bad puns, then sign up for Camden Hills 2!

Abigail Campbell:

Heyyo! My name is Abi and I am an incoming senior here at Bates College. I like live folk music, goats, navigating by constellation and overalls. I was a vegan for 12 years until I realized that a life without ice cream isn’t really a life worth living. I am an Anthropology French double major and currently studying midwifery in Dakar, Senegal. But when I’m not catching babies in West Africa you can find me around campus worshiping Beyonce, sleeping in the library or helping Reed study bird calls. I grew up on a small island off the coast of Maine just a short swim from the Camden Hills, so if you want to spend a week with the raddest local around and learn how to pronounce ‘Mainer’ like a true ‘Mainah’ sign up for our AESOP! 

The Camden Hills base camping trips offer another opportunity to experience a more relaxed AESOP in the Camden area of coastal Maine. These trips will camp out of a vehicle-accessible campsite and spend each day day-hiking (popular hikes include Bald Rock Mtn and the “Nature Trail”), chilling out at the beach, exploring local streams and rivers, and hanging out in downdown Camden.

Camden Hills I&II, like other base camping trips, are designed to require minimal outdoor experience, and are best suited for those who are excited about AESOP but would prefer a less intense outdoor experience. While the participants all sleep in tents, the campsites feature running water and shower facilities.

*Camden Hills I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.

Mt. Blue (Level 1)

Mt. Blue I:

Do you want to SWEAT? do you want to EXERT YOURSELF PHYSICALLY? do you want to be TIRED and SORE???
yeah, niether do we.. BUT, if you’re looking to chill out, hike a lil, swim a lil, acquaint yourself with your fellow bobkittens and theee NATURE(no wifi at the campsite…sry!), plus hang out with the #1 and #2 coolest leaders in all of AESOP, then you have found your trip. But seriously, we will be camping on the shores of pristine Webb lake and hiking the surrounding mountains. (bonus point: Tumbledown Mountain is a classic Bates hike, so you can brag to all of your new friends later in the year that you’ve already summited) (bonus point 2: theres a lake at the top of Tumbledown, so you can brag to all of your new friends that you swam in its icy waters). Join Henry and Linnea as we ride horses on the beach at sunset**, roast marshmallies fireside, and fall asleep to the sound of loons. **we wont actually be riding horses on this trip.

Linnea Brotz:

Ciao i miei bambini! My name is Linnea and I am writing to you from the land of my three loves: pasta, espresso, and art (i.e. Italy). But don’t worry, I’ll be back in time to lead you on the adventure of a lifetime (ie sitting on the beach and walking a little bit). My time in Italy has taught me how to cook pasta perfectly al dente, so you’ll be eating the best mac and cheese of all of AESOP on our trip! (actually I have done no cooking in Italy, but I’m pretty sure that my host mom’s otherworldy cooking skills are magically being imparted to me) Va bene. When I’m not in Italy (ie. when I’m at Bates), you will find me in commons by the Bella Maria (just wait til you try a taste of dat stuff, you won’t know what hit you….), sewing things for the thee-A-ter in the Costume Shop, or sending my scratchy voice out into the world on the WRBC airwaves. Sometimes I study art history. A Presto meine kleine Bobkittens.

Henry Schwab:

Hello! My name is Henry and I am a blazing redhead who emigrated from the depths of Brooklyn, NY. At Bates I spend my time people watching in commons, thrashing around in Tarbell pool (behind the rest of the swim team,) and jamming out in WRBC for all my loyal weekly listeners. I also spend some time studying math in the fluorescent dungeon that is Hathorn hall, (which, I regret to inform you, is much prettier on the outside.) On Fridays and Saturdays I like to dress incredibly well and drink milk all night. I am spending this spring semester and most of the summer in Buenos Aires learning to hablar muy bien el español. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your summers reading the weird stuff people post on the Bates 2018 group and I look forward to meeting all of you in August!

Mt. Blue II:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far, far away (but not really) there lived an eager beaver named Howie. One day, Howie was paddling Webb Lake when who was he to meet but the fearless and intrepid sojourners of Bates College on their way to Mt. Blue.

Howie was intrigued. He stealthily tracked this pack all day, following them to the top of Mt. Blue, a trek which ended in a surprisingly well-coordinated victory dance for creatures with such long, awkward limbs and no tails. Back at the campground, he watched them engage in a most curious ritual, walking high above the ground on woven cables, and then creating lovely sounds by plucking the strings on what appeared to be a hollow log. When the evening grew darker, Howie crept out of his hiding place to better hear the Roosevelt-esque fireside chats and old Maine yarns.

Listening to the outrageous stories they shared of their journey, Howie couldn’t remain silent any longer, and with a Beaver bark (for of course that is what the beaver says) he entered the circle. Howie and the AESOPers proved fast friends and that is the day that Howie knew that he would have absolutely hated Colby. In his heart he understood that somehow Bates was the right place for him, and to this day, accompanies the AESOPers to Mt. Blue every fall.

… and that’s the story of Howie as told by Ali and Chris (it’s an AESOP fable)

Ali Rabideau:

Helloooo my future AESOPers! Take a few seconds and applaud yourself for making it into Bates – an accomplishment that has, without a doubt, guaranteed you the most awe-striking, mind-blowing, Bobcat-ridden next four years!! Now, give yourself an enthusiastic high five [with your choice of exclamatory phrase] for deciding to start your first year off the AESOP way! And finally, go to your fridge/icebox/neighbor’s kitchen/the dairy farm next to your grandparents’ house and dish yourself out a whopping serving of that classic Moose Tracks ice cream, as a well-deserved celebration for finding the best AESOP trip out there and realizing that there is no better way to spend the end of your summer than with Chris and I on Mt. Blue!! Phew. Now that you’ve been appropriately congratulated, I can introduce myself. I’m a rising sophomore, Multifaith fellow, Girl Scout troop leader in Lewiston, social justice nerd, lover of night skies and long runs and wild blueberries (even better when they’re all at the same time), slacklining club advocate, dabbler in guitar and ultimate frisbee, and likely a Women and Gender Studies major. I’ll be a counselor at an overnight camp this summer, and as much as I love the little guys, you can only take so much chasing 6-year-olds around, trying to convince them of the reasons it’s not okay to rub poison ivy all over their faces. So basically, I’m REALLY looking forward to ending my summer with you all!

Chris Crum:

(Read in the voice of the Priest from The Princess Bride)
Dearest Future Bobcats,
It is with great anticipation that I write to you, for you are in an auspicious position as you enter the beginning, of the beginning, of your time, at Bates. First and foremost, I would like to remind you of the momentous gravity of the situation you currently find yourselves in, you have chosen your school wisely; now you must again embark upon the right path: the path of Mt. Blue.
(You may drop the Mawage accent now) To that end, I posit several questions designed to subtly coerce you to follow the right path. Primarily, what do you want in an Aesop leader? Clearly someone who is in the Outing Club, and also on the Debate Team (BQDC faux-evah), practiced in the art of slacklining, skiing, syllogisms, and schematics, involved in the Law and Politics Society, the Shred Club, and seriously considering being an undecided major who will eventually decide to be a History major with a French minor.
So to summarize silly sayings surrounding several satisfactory suggestions, don’t ask what AESOP can do for you ask what you can do for AESOP – and what you can do for AESOP is succumb to the subtle subliminal and salubrious seductions of beautiful Mt. Blue.

Sincerely (and especially) Yours,
Chris Crum (aka DJ Crumble from 6 to 8 on Sundays) 

Mt. Blue State park in Weld, ME offers camping on the shore of Webb Lake that will provide ample opportunities to remain refreshed in the heat of August. Situated on the other side of the lake is 3,187-foot Mt. Blue, a popular day hike and a great opportunity to test out your hiking boots! You may even get the chance to hike up Tumbledown Mtn. on one of the days and take a dip in the alpine pond near the summit. So definitely bring your suits and boots because this trip will be full of swimming and hiking!

*Mt. Blue I & II follow the same itinerary.

Squam Area Daytripping (Level 2)

Squam Area Daytripping:

Do you think you love nature but you’re just not sure? Does hiking in the White Mountains adjacent to the second largest lake in New Hampshire sound exactly how you want to spend a few days? Then Squam Area Daytripping is the right trip for you! If you’re either an outdoor expert or have no experience in the wilderness at all, come hang out with Josh and Kristen as we trek up some of the tallest peaks in the state. At night we will be staying in the cabins of a waterfront camp, and then hiking during the day, with some swimming mixed in from time to time. This trip mixes a little bit of adventure with a little bit of chill, if that makes any sense. You’ll emerge from the trip being one with nature and carry away memories you never knew you would make. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out.

Kristen Barry:

Hey guys! My name’s Kristen and I am a rising senior from West Hartford, Connecticut. When I’m not in Carnegie (the science building) or the library, you can probably find me at the pool or losing track of time lounging around in Commons (the dining hall) for hours after I have finished my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I enjoy playing wiffleball, and spending time outside, and eating, and swimming, and hanging out with friends, and skiing. One thing you should know about me is that I laugh. A lot. At almost everything. So if you want to laugh and hike and swim and chill and laugh some more, join Josh and me on Squam Area Daytripping!

Josh Rines:

If you’re reading this, it means you have made the unbelievably amazing decision of coming to Bates and are on the cusp of making another one of equal awesomeness by choosing this trip! My name is Josh and I’m a sophomore from Hollis, New Hampshire, which is only about an hour and a half south of where we will be adventuring. When I’m not in the pool or in the ceramics studio, I’m probably doing my homework (nerd…I know). I’m studying physics and math along with a little bit of studio pottery. I like reindeers and Reeces Peanut Butter Cups and magic and have an irrational fear of crossing guards. Also, I love the outdoors. A lot to take in, I know. But if you are looking for a pretty relaxed but fun adventure with some pretty relaxed and fun people, do yourself a favor and sign up for Squam Area Daytripping! Kristen and I. 

This is not Swan Lake, which unfortunately means no ballet. However, Squam Lake, formerly known as “Goose Lake in the Highlands” (ironic, we know), a region known for its natural beauty and tranquility, has much to offer. Squam day tripping will be based out of a summer camp on Squam Lake which means we get to stay in cabins and use the waterfront after each day of hiking. No, we won’t swim to every single one of the 67 islands, but surely daily trips to peaks in the White Mountains such as Lafayette, Morgan and Percival will tickle your fancy. Oh, and did we mention ice cream?

Questions?  Contact us at or at 207-330-0610


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