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Here you will find a full list and description of the different Backpacking trips we offer. Click on the drop-down boxes to learn more about the awesome Batesies who will lead them! 

Carter Ridge (Level 3)

Carter Ridge I Leaders: Caitlin Keady and Matt Bodwell 

Welcome! My name is Caitlin, I hail from Darien, Connecticut and I am a senior math and environmental studies major. I am a food enthusiast who enjoys the occasional adventure in the great New England wilderness. Fun fact: I am a vegetarian yet I have eaten musk ox… oops. I am also an avid skier and cyclist and I am known to wear my Birkenstocks well into winter. Another fun fact: Carter I is one of my favorite hikes, complete with great views and lots of trees. So that’s me in a nutshell, happy trails, peace, love, AESOP -Caitlin

Wilkommen! My name is Matt, and I am a senior from Concord, New Hampshire studying Politics and German. While known for being a connoisseur of all things music, I love the outdoors and have ventured through the New England wilderness all my life. My spirit animal is an otter, and I dig a nice flannel. Some cool facts: I’ve been trying to meditate every day this past semester, and I have never eaten lobster before (don’t tell any Mainers!). Caitlin and I are amped for this trip through the beautiful Carter Notch, and you will be too! Much love, -Matt

Carter Ridge II Leaders: Peter Griffin and Maggie O’Shea

Hi. Peet-Ya Francis Griffin is my name, and your (possible) AESOP leader I am. My dearest pal yung Margaret Elizabeth and I are p stoked to lead your way through the treacherous forests of New Hampshire. Though I am not a native to the state, I do hail from New England, (Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA, Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy). I have thrived in all seasons that the planet has to offer, from shredding during the shadowy and ice-ridden days of winter, to strutting through the mountains in the sweat-drenched months of the summer (get excited dweebs), I have seen it all. Important quick facts about me: my spirit animal is indeed a trout, I have a blue toothbrush, I am a Hufflepuff (Go Badgers), and my favorite german word is pampelmüse. If you are feeling good, “vibing” (if you will), with such information hit Mag and I up for the sweetest peak bagging of the millenia. This message is brought to you by Marge, approved by Peter Dingus Griffin.

Heyo! Maggie here! If you’re lookin’ for the goofiest of goobers to lead you into the wilderness & into the great wide open with, then much like Harry Truman, the buck stops here. I’m a thoroughbred small town new england gal from MA,CT,NH&ME meaning if secretariat was a small town thoroughbred mare I’d be secretariat. gigglin’ , wandering but not getting lost, getting all As n’ affluent in birkenstocks and subsequently grooviness each have heart, as does my hope that you will join me and the lovely Peter Griffin(!) on a journey to welcome you to Bates! I have the ability fix everything including broken hearts, well technically I’m not a doctor. My dog’s name is george, I own multiple pairs of matching onesies, I “know many g-eazy songs”, house hufflepuff member (go badgers), matching crocs with Pete haver & all around fun haver! See ya in the fall! ‘Till then <3! -xoxo pete

The Carter Ridge is located on the border of the Wild River Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest. The ridge is know for its incredible 360 degree views of the White Mountains. For the majority of the trip, groups will follow the Appalachian trail as it goes over several mountains including Carter Dome, Mount Moriah, and Mount Height. Uphill hiking for the first day will put groups near the ridge. The second day will be spend hiking along the ridge and enjoying the beauty. After the ridge, it’s all downhill. Carter 1 and 2 share the same itinerary but head in opposite directions on the trail. A trip of moderate difficulty with views that are well worth it!

Mileage:  18.3 miles 

Grafton (Level 3)

Grafton I Leaders: Emilio Valadez and Woods Fairchild 

Emilio here. I’m a Mexican from Texas. My eyebrows twitch when they furrow. I break and I dance and I make music. Mushrooms go great with eggs and I once ate an omelette with both after a long day of hitchhiking in North Carolina. In school I never learned any sports. I was young and impatient and passive. At Bates I learned how to love, empathize, think, and connect to a wide variety of folk. I can speak of my dreams without fear, but I am not overindulged either. If you hang with me I’ll be there to listen or will find someone to who can listen. I’m a long haired motherly disorganized Mexican B-Boy hypeman Musician Philosopher Economist hitchhiker loudmouth introverted bourgeois libertarian liberal 2.0 with a bleeding heart an open mind and a Marxist twist. Come dance with us!

And hey. Here are a few words from a friend of your other co-leader, Woods Fairchild. “Woods is the only good thing to come out of “the center of Boston.” As the queen of layers, you can catch woods sporting a down jacket, three flannels, and two t-shirts all at once. Woods is a Quaker who will tell stories about her travels to the Arctic, and will show up for anything and anyone. She is also the only person to fall off the side of Mt. David and to live to tell the tale. She is known to be the only person in Bates history to live in the Frisbee house without ever picking up a frisbee. Woods also has an affinity to pair unlikely foods together. Woods prefers to compliment her pancakes with a side of meatballs, and…anything goes with Woods. Except for olives. Additionally, Woods is an inventive soul that will make up her own words. If you hear her say something like “otay” or “es-cu-me,” don’t worry, she isn’t having a stroke. If you are lucky enough to be on her AESOP, expect to be referred to as “boys,” even if she is referring to a singular person, she means it out of fun spirit, that no one quite understands still, but ’tis part of the strange beauty of her ways. In her spare time, Woods runs a quasi-art studio out of her room where you can see the horrible art her friends made on her wall. She is the kind of person that would still hang it up, even if the portrait you drew of her looks more like a gremlin than a human, because she is the kindest soul and you’d be the luckiest of freshman to have a mentor and friend in her.”

Grafton II Leaders:  Emma Westwater and Nick Coker

Hello Future AESOPers! My name is Emma, or Sprout to those on the Frisbee team, and I’m an incoming junior from Carlisle MA. Things I like: friends! Running at a reasonable pace in all types of weather! Swimming in ponds, or any body of water that isn’t a pool! Mountains! Slacklining! Trampolines! Dogs! Crocs, with or without socks! Alpaca sweaters! All things cozy! My roommate, whom I met on AESOP as a young first year! And the ultimate Frisbee team here at good ‘ol Bates College! I’m a Politics major with minors in Spanish and Education and I think school is super fun. Catch me doing stuff in the Lewiston Public Schools and living in the eco-justice house and frequenting Dairy Joy, ice cream right down the street from Bates. Do this AESOP! Nick and I are the most fun, we met on AESOP freshmen year, we love Bates College, we want you to hike with us! Grafton 2, sign up!

What’s good, Bobkittens!? My name is Nick Coker and I’ll be co-leading the greatest AESOP trip known to mankind with the fantastic Emma Westwater: GRAFTON NOTCH 2!! I was raised by the deep wilderness of southern West Virginia, where I spent my time traversing the rugged geography and appreciating the great outdoors. I am a Neuroscience major, Physics minor, who can be frequently found either tossing a disc on Alumni or cranking out equations on Ladd 3. I enjoy college football/basketball, hammocking, pumping iron, skiing, and Bernie Sanders! You can find me volunteering in downtown Lewiston with Bates Builds or playing a few friendly games of Smash. I have an unabashed love for bracketology, reciting miscellaneous geography trivia, and most importantly, BATES COLLEGE!!! Emma and I met on our AESOP as first-years, which unequivocally (can’t forget those SAT vocab, amirite??) means you will also meet your best friends on this trip. Emma and I know how to have a great time, so come do some stellar backpacking on The Notch with us!

What better way is there to explore your new home than to see Maine’s expansive wilderness from the top of a mountain? On the western half of the Grafton Loop Trail, you will summit Stowe Mountain, Sunday River Whitecap, and the 4170-foot Old Speck Mountain and experience the beautiful landscape that Maine has to offer. This trip that takes you up a steady incline for three out of the four days also offers some challenging sections of trail that will be well rewarded once you are standing at the top of Old Speck looking at the beautiful views. Grades are mostly easy to moderate with a few short steep pitches. Sharing the trail with AT thru-hikers and sitting around the campfire at night calls for some new and exciting friendships to be made. On the eastern half of the Grafton Loop Trail, you will summit both West and East Balpate and Puzzle Mountain. Grafton II is slightly longer than Grafton I but are similar in challenge and beauty.

Mileage: 20.1 miles/21.5 miles

Pemigewasset (Level 4)

Pemigewasset I Leaders: Will Green and Grace Warder

Sup nerds, My name’s Will Green and I’m a sophomore at Bates College. Although I may not be the tallest, fittest, most chiseled guy on the block, I certainly am the hairiest. In fact, some have said that last year I was the hairiest first-year at Bates. I love to scuba dive and have gotten the chance to do some awesome diving in my 19 years of life on earth and am also certified up the wazoo in various advanced dive degrees as well as a seasoned lifeguard. Basically, I can hold my breath for a really long time. I like romantic walks on the beach and candle lit dinners as well as good conversation. When I’m not scuba diving or taking long luxurious bubble baths you can find me bringing the pain on the intramural soccer field and in pool playing water polo for Bates. I am also the official TIT (treasuring in training) of the Bates college outing club and I take my job very seriously (#freethenip). I have two walking sticks hanging in my room from past adventures and hope to find more to add to my collection on our super rad AESOP. Get AMPED for some deep heart to hearts (and hopefully a bubble bath or two when we get back from AESOP) as you look for the finest walking sticks in the Pemigewasset wilderness with the hairiest, most scuba certified sophomore at bates college. I can’t wait to meet you guys and share my love for hiking and the outdoors with you and my co-leader. XOXO- Gossip Girl

Sup guys, I’m Grace Warder and like my co-leader I am also a sophomore at Bates. Although I am from New York City, which I admit is way worse than Boston where Will is lucky enough to be from, I still love the outdoors. I have had the privilege of hiking all over the US, which has allowed me to really hone my craft of tree hugging (if you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll teach you out on the trails).When I’m not out hitting the trails I am participating In one of Bates College’s craziest cults, Ultimate Disk. It’s a pretty rad and, a bit radical, group. To calm down after a long day of hiking and tossing disk I chill in the ronj (Bates’ own little coffeehouse). I sit down in a dimly lit room, gently taste my scolding chai tea, and gaze out at the ever luminescent night sky. Each stunning star shimmers so singularly, each so special. I ponder what it means for something to be so beautiful, and all the thought of beauty brings makes me think of the antonyms of the word which, immediately shifts my mind to thoughts of my highly hirsute co-leader. And once I’m I start thinking of Will I can’t stop thinking about how much fun we are all going to have and I get excited and am no longer calm, which was the purpose of me going to the ronj so I leave and go to bed, knowing that it means we will be one day closer to Aesop. Can’t wait to meet you guys in the fall -Love Grace

Pemigewasset II Leaders: Megan Detels and Tagert Mueller

Welcome hooligans from the class of 2021! I’m Megan Detels, a rising sophomore at Bates from the coast of Massachusetts. My coleader and I are super stoked to meet you guys, and hope you all join us on the adventure of a lifetime, bagging peaks and taking names. Get ready for some sweet name games and making friends in the beautiful woods of Maine. Some quick facts about myself, I think that Lucky Charms should be a food group, my goggle tan game is strong, I love long runs by the river, and any music that I can dance to is good music. Join my coleader and I on Pemigewassett 2 for a once in a lifetime experience!

Welcome Bobkittens!!! My name is Tagert Mueller aka Tag Bot and I’m a rising sophomore at Bates college. Prepare to be taken under the wing of none other than myself and my trusty companion for a trip you will never forget. Our trip is sure to include romping around in the beautiful Maine wilderness, making incredible new friends, and basking in the unrivaled glory of being Bates Bobcats! I hale from colorful Colorado and spend my time skiing, kayaking, and lounging around on warm summer days and suffice to say I’m getting pretty good at all three. I can’t wait to get to know all of our new AESOPers!

Pemigewassett explores the largest Wilderness in the White Mountain National Forest, spanning from Franconia Notch all the way to Crawford Notch. The section of trail you will be hiking runs over some of the highest and most scenic mountains in New Hampshire outside the Presidential Range. You can watch the sunset from the summit of Garfield, take a dip in Ethan Pond, and spend some quality time up in the alpine zone. Stopping at AMC’s Galehead and Zealand Huts for lunch, breaks up the challenging trail. The steep climb to the summit of South Twin Mountain is worth the struggle because the views from the top are gorgeous. Next, you will find your way through the maze of boulders to the summit of Mount Guyot, one of the more remote peaks of the White Mountains. Guyot offers a panoramic view of the entire Pemigewassett Wilderness and on a nice day, you can even see as far as the Presidential Range. You wont be disappointed if you choose Pemigewassett as your trip!

Mileage: 22.5 miles

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

Baxter Bushwackers (Level 4)

Baxter Bushwhackers I Leaders: Thorn Merrill and Anna Roy

Heyo, my name is Thorn “T-bone” “T Swift” Merrill. I’m from the green mountain state where I tend to the goats and make soap on my family’s farm. Best part about it? Access to I studied abroad in New Zealand last fall and it rocked. Did someone say rocks? Gotta love em. I like to climb them, sit on them, study them (geology major ayooo), you name it. If there’s a rock, I’m there. When old man winter comes knocking on the door, I like to hit the slopes of Sunday River and Sugarloaf. If you like walks in the woods and making fun of Anna’s jokes, come hang out with me in Baxter.

Hey there Bobcats! My name Anna Roy or my flat ball friends call me Chupacabra and I am also from the great state of VT. I’m super into running, walking, hiking, nordic skiing and my cat Rick Ross. At Bates I major in Latin American Studies and run the Spanish Club. I am currently wondering around Bolivia on study abroad, which is an absolute blast! That being said I can’t wait to get back to Bates to wonder around Baxter State Park (and summit Mt. Katahdin Maine’s largest peak). Sign up for our trip if you want to have good food (probably annies) and lots of laughs in the great outdoors!

Baxter Bushwhackers II Leaders: Anna Franceschetti and Connor Gray

Hia Bobkittens! So excited for all of you to be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime (omg college whahhh). I am honestly a bit jealous that you have four years ahead of you at the most amazing place on earth (aka BATES). My name is Anna and I’m a Vermont native (18 years born and raised in the green mountain state baby) and am senior here at Bates. I am a Sociology major and have concentrations in education and public health. Among other things have a passion for rollerblading, eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and taking power naps. Some of my other favorite pastimes include “hiking” Mt. David, running around the streets of Lewiston and biking to the beach! Some more ~ fun facts~ about me: my favorite Commons food is grapefruit – nothing like a lil citrus to get your day going am i right ;) (speaking of awkward winky faces – I can’t actually wink). Also my name rhymes with banana (how neat is that). In all seriousness AESOP is one of my favorite parts of Bates and I cannot wait to spend time talking, singing, dancing, cooking, eating, peeing and pooping with all of you! Looking forward to some awesome adventuring! XOXO

Hello potential aesoper, my name is Connor Gray and i’m super stoked to be leading a trip with my best friend Anna Fran into the beautiful wilderness of Maine. I’m a rising senior (it goes by way too quickly) and an Environmental Economics major and History minor. Anyways here’s a little bit about myself. I hail from the gorgeous town of Whitefish, Montana, around an hour from the Canadian Border In the northwest corner of the state. I am surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains and lakes which is the primary reason I have grown up loving the outdoors. In the summer, I mountain bike, hike, backpack, paddleboard, kayak, among other various activities. In the winter my time is primarily occupied with competing in nordic skiing, although I love alpine and backcountry skiing when I have free time! At Bates I am on the nordic ski team, and play violin and sing in the American String Band. But anyways, enough small talk, lets play a game called two truths and a lie. 1: I like to ski 2: one time I pooped outside 3: I was born without a head. YOUR CALL. I will be on campus with the answer when you decide to go on our trip…

Baxter State Park has some of the wildest and most spectacular terrain in New England and includes Maine’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin. Following a rigorous schedule and strenuous days of hiking, this trip is open to experienced hikers who want to challenge themselves and accomplish the feat of summiting Katahdin. Traversing the ridge between Pamola Peak and Baxter Peak, this trip takes you up Knife Edge, the most famous trail to the summit. You will be sure to catch a glimpse of everything from this 5267 foot peak and you won’t be let down by the views.

Mileage: 23 miles

Saddleback (Level 4)

Saddleback I Leaders: Ben Wilson and Rachel Blaustein

What’s up party people?! My name is Ben Wilson and I am a rising senior here at Bates College majoring in math and economics. I was born and raised in the great state of Maine, and hail from the small town Kennebunk. I am a member of the men’s ultimate frisbee team, where I spend as much time dancing as I do actually playing frisbee. When I am not tossing the disc on Garcelon or throwing my booty in a circle on the dance floor, you can find me beating Rachel in a light hearted game of Egyptian Ratscrew (just kidding, as you will soon find out there is no such thing as a light hearted game of Egyptian Ratscrew). So if you are ready to be a part of an AESOP like no one has ever seen, than Saddleback I is the place for you!

Hello hello!! My name is Rachel Blaustein and I am a rising senior. I hail from the very unique town of Needham, MA, just outside of Boston (you will not find anyone else from this area at Bates-I am a rarity and should be treated as such). I am a biochemistry major and rhetoric minor, a devoted chocolate & peanut butter lover (and cucumber hater), and can be found most afternoons chasing discs with the rad and wonderful women’s ultimate frisbee team! Fun fact I am known as the only person able to sky Ben on the frisbee field. I am SO pumped to be able to lead Saddleback I and cannot wait to take you on the best trip Bates AESOP has ever seen!!!

Saddleback II Leaders: Amanda Fasciano and Avery Margerum

Hi I’m Amanda! I enjoy s’mores, sunsets and singing hiking songs. If you share these passions, Saddleback 2 is the trip for you! I’m a senior at Bates and I’m an Anthropology major with an Educational Studies minor. I’m from Lincoln, Massachusetts, a small town populated mostly by cows. I have 3 younger brothers so I have plenty of experience chasing kiddos into the woods and leaving them there. (Disclaimer: We only lost one Aesoper last year, but their bones were later donated to the Biology department so did we really lose them?)

And my name is Avery! No one really knows where I’m from, but when people have to guess, they say either a swamp, or Philadelphia. I too am a senior, and I’m a French and European Studies double major. I also play rugby, which means I’m a rough and rowdy boy who is almost always sweaty. On this trip we’re gonna bond, sing, poop, eat, sleep, cry, hike, and maybe learn a thing or two about each other and ourselves. Saddle on up and join us two fearless leaders in venturing into the great unknown! (Disclaimer: I mean great unknown literally, we’re going to make some awesome paper airplanes out of the trail maps and then head for Canada – just don’t tell the coordinators!)

The traverse of Saddleback’s ridges is known to stand out as one of Maine’s premier mountain ranges. Saddleback Mountain, part of the New England 4,000 footer list also includes Saddleback Junior, and the Horn, which provide spectacular views in all directions. Saddleback I starts at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, the third highest peak in the state of Maine, and ascends to the summit, which offers unmatched views of the area and surrounding mountain ranges. Saddleback II begins at Piazza Rock and on the second night, the two trips have the opportunity to share stories around a campfire. This trip offers students to hike nearly twenty-four miles on the Appalachian Trail and experience the beauty of the mountains and valleys of Maine.

Mileage: 23 miles

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

Presidential Range Traverse (Level 4)

Prezies I Leaders: Anna Clements and Justin Hoden

Hello Class of 2021!! My name is Anna Clements and just like about half of Bates college I come from the outskirts of Boston MA, what some call JOB. Despite my undying love for Boston and its sports teams Maine has quickly risen to become one of my favorite places in the world. I am currently working on an extensive project to sample every diner in Maine before leaving Bates and enjoy checking out a few the beautiful beaches, hikes, apple orchards and other Maine-like things that the state has to offer. When not eating omelettes and drinking cider I spend much time going for runs around Lewiston, wandering around commons, and pretending/trying to do homework outside. I am a passionate member of the Bates club hockey team and will without a doubt do my best to recruit you. I have also spent much time at Bates working in local schools and community shelters, which has been an incredible way to get to know Lewiston and be involved off campus. At the moment I am studying abroad in the beautiful country of Bolivia, and though at the moment I never want to leave I am so excited to be back at Bates next fall and to kick things off with a great Aesop trip. I have been hiking in the White Mountains my whole life (I previously aimed to complete all 48 4,000 footers by age 15, but alas, did not quite get there), and they are BEAUTIFUL so I am so pumped to be back there for Aesop next fall!

Incoming freshman! My name is Justin Hoden and I’m from Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania but born in NYC and certainly am a new yorker at heart. At Bates I’m involved with the outing club and am really into hiking and rock climbing. Maine and Lewiston specifically are some of my favorite places on earth and I’m super excited to share with you guys all the amazing stuff they have to offer. Next year I will be the general manager of Bates College Radio (WRBC) which is one of my favorite activities on campus and I would STRONGLY encourage incoming first years to check it out if you’re interested in radio or music. I’m an English major here at Bates and am very into the arts on and off campus. Fun fact about myself is that I can ALMOST touch my eyebrow to my nose which I’m very proud of but still working on it (seriously try it, it’s not easy). I’m currently studying abroad in New Zealand soaking up the sun while Maine gets drowned in snow, but even still can’t wait to get back. My co-leader and I were on the same AESOP trip together freshman year and I would definitely count it as one of my best experiences at Bates so far and am super stoked to be a part of it as a leader alongside Anna!

Prezies II Leaders: Emily Ausman and Miles Lamberson

A west coast baby and farm mama, Emily Ausman was home grown on the finest soil central Oregon has to offer. In the “summer” she’s probably mucking around in a river somewhere herding cattle. I’ve had the blulblonic plague for six years now but it does stop me from chasing my dreams! She’s an ISTP, a Capricorn, a lover of Russian literature and her spine is completely immobile !!! Get ready for Prezies II, Reno baby 2015! Bump this link for some spicy tips.

Connected by their lives of livestock, Miles Lamberson is the proud former owner of dairy goats. Now one of them proudly resides on his dorm wall (you do the math). On campus Miles is active with Bates EMS and enjoys frolicking with the Outing Club, be it on bikes, skis or our newly acquired, full size, clean-coal fired, Mississippi River steamboat. Hailing from the Continent of Vermont, Miles brings a distinct inability to process gluten, but devours mountains any day. Peep this for some hot college tipz.

What better way to start a fresh beginning before college and meeting your classmates by working together to scale New Hampshire’s highest peaks? The Presidential Range includes the highest peaks in the Northeast and by taking this trip you will trek up Tuckerman’s Ravine, and summit Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Clay, Mt. Madison, and maybe even Mt. Adams. This hike calls for experienced hikers who are able to keep up with the strenuous trek over the Presidential Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. This string of summits offer spectacular panoramic views and you will never get bored of the trail, seeing that nearly half of this traverse occurs above tree line. Joining forces with the opposing Presies trip on the second night out strengthens friendships and allows for the opportunity to meet more Batesies. You won’t be disappointed with your decision to embark on this journey!

Mileage: 19.5

*Presidential Range Traverse I & II share the same itinerary, but are run in opposite directions.

Mahoosuc (Level 5)

Mahoosuc I Leaders: James Pardo and Sophia Thayer

Hey there cats, and welcome to AESOP. My name is James and I’ll be half of your guide. Oh what’s that? You want to know about me? Well of course… I’m a senior Classical and Medieval studies major. In class, I’m the teacher’s pet that everyone hates. Outside of class, I’m the animal that no one can resist petting. I’m a no nonsense joker and my greatest goal in life is to make it on the BDD snapchat. What else? I play ultimate frisbee and you bet that a disc will be the first thing I pack in my bag. I drink decaf coffee, I don’t have an instagram, and I love AESOP more than my left elbow (and believe me it’s quite an elbow). This is me and Sophia’s fourth and last AESOP and we plan on making it an awesome victory lap.

Howdy hey there! If you’re reading this, you’ve already started your college career off right 😉 I’m Sophia and I’m the other half of this wild package. James and I started our journey as wee bobkittens on our very own Aesop many moons ago and we loved it so much we decided to come back for more! Some things about myself: I’m writing this from a bus in Saigon where I’m studying abroad this semester. I study gender and sexuality studies, history, and theater. You can catch me on the frisbee field or at various club meetings for the environment or repro justice, or boogying on a makeshift dance floor. I’m the teacher’s pet everyone hates to love, I DO have an insta (duh), I drink real coffee, but my first love is tea. I love Beyoncé, keeping my body and my lips hydrated, and dressing up in weird costumes and pretending it’s normal. Most of all, I’m a sucker for Aesop, so buckle up for the trip of a lifetime!

Mahoosuc II Leaders: Danielle Ward and Gordon Hargraves

Hey how are you? Good My name is Danielle Ward, and I will be your bestest friend and leader for 4 fantastic days of rock scrambling in the Mahoosucs. Some fun things about me are that I know how to play the diggery doo, I wear the same t shirt at least 3 times per week, I am from NJ (yes gross, I know) and I am the co-director of the outing club’s equipment room. In terms of playing school I am an English and Environmental Studies major so get stoked for some killer fireside chats about your favorite piece of 17th century literature (“I do not know” is not an acceptable answer, so you better have something. Anyways if you are ready for a rockin in crocin time you should totally choose this trip with Gordon and I! I am so excited to have you as one of my AESOP bobkittens :))))))

“In the wild, there is no healthcare. Healthcare is “Oh, I broke my leg!” A lion comes and eats you, you’re dead. Well, I’m not dead, I’m the lion, you’re dead” – Dwight Schrute My name is Gordon and I’m from Concord Mass. I grew up splitting my time during the year in Concord and my summers in East Waterford, Maine. Have explored the mountains and lakes all over New England in my time and am excited to lead my favorite part of the AT with some new students! In short, I’m a simple man. I enjoy my coffee black and my eggs scrambled. I think that the movie Hot Rod is extremely underrated and that breakfast is a meal which can be served at any point in the day. I spend most of my time on the varsity crew team and singing in the Man Ops (one of the college’s acapella groups) and I’m a Politics major and Music minor. Danielle and I are super psyched to be able to introduce a few of you to life at Bates and spend a few days in the mountains. If you choose this trip get ready for a hella good time for your first week and welcome to Bates!

This trip is crammed full of interesting highlights moving quickly from one to another including Old Speck Mountain, the precipitous descent of Mahoosuc Arm, Mahoosuc Notch, South Peak vista, and most of the Mahoosuc Range. After conquering one of the most difficult sections of the Appalachian Trail on the second day, known as Mahoosuc Notch, where you will scale a glacier-carved gash, you will feel accomplished for sure! Crossing paths with other Batesies, you will have the opportunity to meet more determined hikers like yourselves and get to know your new classmates. The Mahoosuc Range provides a challenge to experienced hikers who are willing to push themselves and enjoy Maine and New Hampshire’s beautiful peaks.

Mileage: 23 miles

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

Franconia (Level 5)

Franconia I Leaders: Skye Cameron and Sam Pierce

Hello! I’m Skye from Nashville TN and a rising junior. I like to bike, ski, hike, and climb in the New England woods, play the fiddle and mandolin in a string band at Bates, and sail on the sailing club team. I’m stoked to lead y’all through some of the White Mountains and show how dope the wild lands near Bates are!

Hello from Bates College, your wonderful new home for the next few years!!! My name is Sam Pierce and I am a rising junior from New Gloucester, Maine that sometimes likes to study the environment in classrooms, but mostly loves to just be out in the environment with awesome people like all of you!! When I am not off on wild hiking, skiing, running, and bluegrass music-playing adventures, I enjoy a nice thick cup of hot chocolate (“as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars” to quote the best book/movie ever AKA The Polar Express) or, if the weather is uncharacteristically warm for Maine, a nice lounge on the Quad that I am sure you will all come to know and love during your time at Bates. Despite the fact that my co-leader Henry occasionally righteously smelly, he’s actually a pretty darn great person and we are sooooooo Stoked to do some wild adventuring with y’all in the beautiful woods of New Hampshire.

Franconia II Leaders: Hadley Moreau and Paul Phillips

Hadley hails from the distant Falmouth, Maine. She is in all forms, except physical, a golden retriever (yes she barks, no she doesn’t drool). In the fall and spring she likes biking and running in Thorncrag, and in the winter she skis until she passes out (actually). Hads is on the nordic ski team, and would say the greatest accomplishment of her career is “that one time I skied through the drive through at Dunkin Donuts.” Her biggest role model is Lorelai Gilmore- who was once described as “90% water and 10% caffeine” (season 1). Hadley doesn’t quite have those stats yet, but thinks she might be in the 98% to 8% range. She is an Environmental Studies major on the pre-med track, and her favorite study spot on campus is a homemade lean-to on the quad. Things you are most likely to overhear her saying in commons: “I love compost! Wanna go sledding? Or, is it fruit pizza night?” Her preferred mode of transportation is rollerblades. She’s currently trying to figure out a way for us to blade to AESOP rather than drive.

Sup yooooo, the name’s Paul Phillips. I hail from New Gloucester, Maine, a land full of wild coyotes and giraffes. There’s nothing that really touches my soul other than the dusty thoughts of long lost minds (philosophy major here). I spend my time shredding the gnar, whether on the waves (sailing), hang-dogging my way up steep cliffs, or hitting the slopes (skiing). When I’m not doing these great hobbies of mine, I am probably dancing. On my way to class, during class, after class my dance moves ebb and flow like the essence of water (or so George Merrill thinks…). My superpower is that of instant sleep; any time, any place. Come join us in the beautiful wilderness of THE Franconia Ridge if you’re tryna have a killer AESOP! We guarantee you have a killer time or your money back (not really though).

This backpacking trip takes you through the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire summit-ing peaks and dipping into the valley to get a wide range of exposure to the wilderness. Located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass that offers a trip full of adventure and excitement. Merging with a section of the Appalachian Trail calls for some steep inclines and experienced hikers. You will summit Little Haystack, Mt. Lincoln, Lafayette, and Garfield and will walk the ridgeline to witness breathtaking views. Franconia Notch offers a beautiful hiking experience that is sure to be challenging yet rewarding.

Mileage: 32 miles

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

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