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Bobcat Crossing

True, there’s no longer a ski jump on Mount David, but it’s still part of the Maine spirit to face winter with gusto (and insurance). Which is why a few Bates friends drove to Gilead, Maine, one winter day to create a road-gap jump. Here, H. Lincoln Benedict ’09 of Shaftsbury, Vt., soars over his friends (and their cars) as Sarah Charley ’11 of Portola Valley, Calif., trips Benedict’s camera and battery-operated strobes. Benedict says the idea came from William “Dots” Loopesko ’10 of Denver, Colo., who had created a jump there before. “It took about four hours to make the jump,” Benedict says. “We took about 15 jumps before this one to see if we could clear three cars.”

Photograph by H. Lincoln Benedict ’09



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