Everything Else

Rock climbing at Rumney (Sarah Crosby photo)

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

Art/Meditation (Level 1)

Art and Hiking Leaders: Eden Rickolt and Nate Reed


Hello, hello! My name is Eden but you can also call me the edester (a fun flirty fresh nickname I gave to myself in middle school)! I am a junior at Bates and am so excited to lead the art and hiking trip with Nate. I both love art and love hiking. what a coincidence?! At Bates I am majoring in studio art and american cultural studies with a minor in deconstructing commons cereal flavors. I also am in Bates’ improv comedy group the strange bedfellows, I play ultimate frisbee sometimes and am starting a literary arts magazine. I love spending time being silly and playing games with friends, I love meeting new people, I love my dog, I love stuff that involves water (such as but not limited to: splashing in a lake, slip n slides, and apple bobbing), I love petting zoos, I love laughing, I love life and most importantly; I love love. Can’t wait to meet you all! :P

Hello, my name is Nate, I’m from Petoskey, Michigan, and I am a Junior at Bates. Eden and I are leading Art and Hiking and I can’t wait! I love the outdoors and I’m a huge art guy. I am majoring in biology and minoring in music, but I spend most of my time doing all sorts of other fun stuff! I played soccer at Bates the past two years (and a bunch of sports in high school), I’m in the Bates Musicians’ Union, and a member of the Bates Steel Pan Orchestra. I also love meeting new people, building things, traveling, Michigan sports teams, camping, and all things music. Because I played soccer freshman year, I never got to go on an AESOP so I’m counting down the days!!! Can’t wait to meet everyone!

Visit art galleries, artist’s studios, Monhegan Island, and picturesque artistic spaces along the Maine Coast. Students will have the opportunity to explore in creative endeavors such as painting, drawing, performance arts, and photography in a variety of settings and landscapes. Monhegan Island is somewhat of a pilgrimage site for high profile artists who are drawn to the island year after year as a source of inspiration. Do as many famous and world renowned artists have done in the past, and experience the Maine mid-coast region through an artistic lens!

Biking in Acadia (Level 3)

Biking in Acadia Leaders: Emma Soler and Tristan van Rooden

I, Emma Rachel Soler, the first of my name, hail from the lovely, semi-forested, semi-suburb (very suburb) region called Bethesda, Maryland. I am a rising junior at Bates College (obviously Bates) and I have an absolutely amazing pupper and best pal named Sussex at home. My dog doesn’t really take to everyone, but he absolutely loves my fellow AESOP leader Tristan. At Bates, if I’m not diligently trapping out the library (is that what the kids say?) or in the Dining Commons making food in some sort of spherical eating apparatus then you can most likely find me running along the love of my life; the Lewiston river path. I currently live in the quiet house here on campus because I believe that the party should stay at the library (where I trap out). This summer I will be lancing my Armstrong and training for a century bike race in preparation for AESOP! Don’t fret about biking experience though, as my co-leader has little to no experience outside of casual neighborhood biking, but by the end of this trip you’ll all have become road-biking pros. Anyways we are super excited to get to know y’all and go adventuring!

Heyo future AESOPers! My name is Tristan van Rooden, and I hail from the most wonderful US non-state that is taxed without being represented: Washington, DC. I’m originally from the Netherlands, otherwise known as the land of blonde-hair, blue-eyed bike-enthusiasts. So, you could pretty much say that I was born to lead this AESOP trip. At Bates, you can catch me whipping around campus on my pink tassel-adorned scooter (wait not anymore it was permanently borrowed… I will find you scooter thief), crunching numbers in Econ class, and presiding over all of Bates as a member of the uber-important Committee Selection Board. This summer, I’m looking forward to taking off my bike training wheels after some parking lot cycling lessons with my co-leader, Emma. If you’re looking for an AESOP trip that involves beautiful views, a sore butt, and some rad bonding, you’re in the right place.

This exciting and relatively new trip will explore Acadia State Park on bikes! (Why didn’t we think of this before?!) Winding through the heart of the park, you will travel over 45 miles on historic carriage roads passing pedestrians and horses alike and learning about the history of the park. Cycling around Eagle Lake and Bubble Pond may call for a dip in the refreshing water and riding back on the park Loop Road calls for some scenic views for sure. You won’t want to miss out on this adventure!

Mountain Biking (Level 3)

Mountain Biking Leaders: Lauren Rasich and Ethan Simon


Lauren (Lo) reigning from the magical outdoor world of Utah, gave up a varsity career in crossing the country (aka running) to spend 4 days in the woods with a few incoming students. Expect many lies coming outta her mouth like “I’m from Utah but I’m really not mormon” and “the west coast really is the best coast.” Ethan never had a career to begin with hence his proficiency on 2 wheels and various other outdoor hobbies. Having watched hours of Seth’s “Bike Hacks with skills with Phil and the Global Mountain Bike Network, we know how to hand out the Supernices (if you don’t know what this is def look it up… good stuff). When asked if he had anything else to say, Ethan wants you to know the following: “I love bikes. I have more bikes than friends…I have 4 bikes. *sprays glasses with pocket lens cleaner*” You should know something else about Ethan, he LOVES the bachelorette and the bachelor, and obviously Chris Harrison. So any conversations surrounding those controversies are warmly welcomed. Lo, also an avid follower of Chris Harrison, wants all the ladies out there to know this trip is absolutely for them and there is nothing that warms her heart more than going out for a ride with her fellow lady rippers.

Come join us on a trip that would make even the ever controversial pinkbike forum boards proud, as long as you don’t try to bring an Ebike you’ll be fine. With leaders hailing from sea to shining sea let Ethan and Lo take you on a magical trip. Ethan’s New York city roots, filled phrases like “I’m biking here” (read in a heavily Italian accent) will add quite the flair. Not to forget Lo’s Salt Lake City background, I hope you like sister wives! We’ll be hitting up the Valhalla of biking, nope, not Utah…but: KINGDOM TRAILS. Just to make it clear, this trip is absolutely open to bikers of all levels!!! It’s gonna be sick and no AESOP sounds more legit and brag-worthy than level 3 mountain biking!

Now in its third year but with an EXCITING NEW LOCATION, this group will head to Kingdom Trails, VT, to bike the beautiful and much-loved trails. This is a premier location for Mountain Biking in New England, with a variety of trails for all levels. The group will nearby in beautiful VT scenery! In addition, the area is full of great hikes that are worth exploring. Bikes will be provided for those who need them!

Nezinscot Farm Trip (Level 1)

Nezinscot Farm Trip Leaders: Max Gardner and Grace Ellrodt


Hey Everyone. My name is Max Gardner, I’m a sophomore from New York City, and I can’t wait to lead you to one of the very best farms in all of Androscoggin County, Nezinscot. The city streets are where I honed my farm skills. I learned to drive a tractor at age five and by my tenth birthday I could milk two cows at the same time. When I hit puberty, I could weave lamb’s wool with my eyes closed. At school, I’m a politics major and a rhetoric minor, so I’ll be able to provide the theories of Aristotle and Socrates as bedtime tales. Also, as a member of Bates EMS, if anything goes awry, I’ll know how to dial 911(jokes, I got skills). I own one pair of Carhartt pants and have been to one professional rodeo, so if you need any bull wrangling you know who to call. Growing up with a feisty younger brother, I got a lot of early practice brawling with him. I was a pretty dominant mostly due to the fact that I was a pretty big baby. This chubbiness is where my nickname “buh-buh” originates from. Anyway, with the combination of my farm skilz and Grace’s animal expertise, it’s safe to say that this is going to be a pretty epic trip. Hit us up on Kik if you’re interested (but actually please sign up through the normal process on good sweet garnet gateway).

Hi friends!! My name is Grace Ellrodt (the last name is a bear. Once, I’ll just share, a letter came that spelled my last name with no vowels whatsoever). My nicknames include, but are not limited to, G-Rod (4-5th grade travel basketball glory days – on steroids) and G-Racer, which, excitingly, evolved into Speed Gracer. I am not, however, a wildly fast-paced person. Growing up in the most lovely summer getaway of Lenox, Massachusetts (near Boston, sure), I love a long run by the farms around my house with a Moth podcast, a paddle board with ample time for distracted floating + visits to others’ water trampolines, and a front-porch-sit with my dad Gray (smart. Savvy. Entirely too tall and often uncomfortable for it), Huck (a pup dedicated to just staring at you lovingly), Phinn (an exceedingly lazy Great Dane with an opthamologist), and Walter (a Boston Terrier who became an old man on day 2 of life). Growing up with a twin brother (known to frequent in Chubbies and JammyPack- don’t draw conclusions- he’s first rate), another brother close behind (eyes are blue with a yellow ring, has lived in Berlin, cooler than cryotherapy), and our friends packed around the kitchen island, I gravitate toward high-energy people and places —-> AESOP. I’ll put it out there that I myself have never once farmed in a real way. That’s where the rugged, gem-of-a-boy Max comes in. Learning is entirely part of the experience. For an AESOP with moments to just float, and moments to revel in the energy of the the land, wholesome food and friends, and your upcoming college joy(!!!!!), come farming!!

Farm Trip Leaders: Miranda Padilla and Topher Castaneda

Hey everyone, I’m Miranda! *whispers* the cooler leader *whispers* and I’m a rising Senior from Midland, Texas. I have 6 dogs, 4 of which are weenie dogs that look just like hot dogs! In my free time I like to RUN, write poetry and prose, shake my booty, and sing Selena songs like Bidi Bidi Bom Bom (look it up if you don’t know it, it’s mandatory ;))! Here at Bates, I am double major in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Politics and I am President of our Women of Color Club on campus. I am so excited to meet you all!

Topher here! I am from Los Angeles and will be a Junior this coming year. You may think this means I’ve met tons of celebrities and surf, but I sadly don’t. In my down time I like to sing with my a capella group, dance along to some cumbia, and model in the nude (it’s a job, I swear!). If Bates allowed us to have pets, I’d OBVIOUSLY have a tortoise named Mojave. On campus I am Environmental Studies major with minors in Dance and Math and I am president of Outfront. I am so excited to meet you all!

One of these trips will be staying at the beautiful Nezinscot Farm in Turner, Maine, the other will be staying in another still TBD equally wonderful local farm. Nezionscot Farm is a favorite of Bates students for its homemade goods and delicious farm breakfasts. AESOPers on these trips will learn about farm life through hands on participation in daily activities such as feeding the animals and working in the vegetable fields. If you’re lucky, Gloria, the owner of Nezinscot, will make you dinner! 

Rock Climbing (Level 2)

Rock Climbing I Leaders: Mitch Willsey and Maddy Smith

Hey, Maddy here. Future AESOPers, know this: Mitch is a highly certified professional fun-haver. He hails from the humble land of Connecticut, and is about to begin his Junior year here at Bates College. On campus you can find him playing ultimate Frisbee, schooling his students at the rock wall where he a Professor Emeritus of climbing, buildering (aka bouldering on buildings! Don’t try this at home, kids!), and doing various other outdoorsy activities. He is beyond stoked for this year’s AESOP! Fun fact: Mitch and Maddy can both juggle (plans for a traveling circus have been cancelled due to budget cuts).

Good afternoon Bobkittens and welcome to Maddy’s bio! I am Maddy’s (second-time) co-leader Mitch and I will be your tour guide for this short adventure. Maddy comes from the wonderful state of Illinois and is a rising junior at Bates College. On campus they are a Lead Organizer for Bates Student Action (get rowdy!) Maddy was raised by carnies in a traveling circus and is fluent in the arts of juggling, unicycling, and getting out of a Chinese finger trap. Fun fact: Maddy and I met on the rock climbing AESOP back in the dizzay. Now Maddy is extra super stoked to lead all newcomers to the wild untamed cliffs of Rumney New Hampshire!

Rock Climbing II Leaders: Kelley Attenborough and Sarah Abbott

What’s crackin soppers?? I’m Kelley from Boston, Lovell, and Big Sky. You could call me the triple threat. I’m a guy with an ambiguous name who loves to climb, hike, ski, surf and browse Newschoolers forums. Get ready for the best 4 days of your life, Rock Climbing!!! I did this trip last year and it was probably the second coolest experience I’ve ever had rock climbing. Second only to free soloing the Dawn Wall. Get @ me Alex Honnold. If you have never rock climbed before don’t worry. I may not know how to tie a figure 8, but the rest of the climbing leaders do. I’m without a doubt the fourth best climber out of the four rock climbing leaders. Rumney is one of the raddest places to climb in New England, along with Salt Pump and the Bates climbing wall. A normal day on campus for me includes eating copious amounts of Lucky Charms and sleeping in my Port-a-ledge hanging off of the commons mezzanine. Abbott is a dope co-leader and I know you all will love her as much as I do. In all seriousness though, this trip is going to be awesome and you’ll have a blast regardless of your climbing level. Plus who wouldn’t want to hangout in the wilderness and climb for four days? Sounds like the best first day of school ever! Can’t wait to send hard and channel our inner Chris Sharma together! Catch you at the crag!

HEYYY friends! I’m Abbott, Sarah Abbott, but ya’ll can call me Abbott! I’M SOOOO hyped to be leading the Rock Climbing II AESOP with my pal Kelley!! I’m from New Jersey (where we have good bagels and bad climbing). I love to rock climb and go on adventures. It’s my philosophy that there is rock climber in everyone and that everyone is a rock climber! In addition to climbing, I run cross country, attend classes and get creative with making meals in Commons. I hope to be an Environmental Studies and Chemistry double major, but who really knows at this point. I am, however, decidedly excited to get some new Batesies on a fantastic rockin’ trip. I love Bates and I hope you will too!

For first time climbers and advanced climbers alike! This trip lets you live on the edge for 4 days as you scale up the face of a cliff, go bouldering, and learn how to belay. Afraid of heights? Our fearless and highly experienced leaders will take good care of you as they guide you along your path and we assure you that it will be the most exhilarating 4 days of your life! What better way to explore Maine and New Hampshire than dangling (safely, tied into a harness!!) off a cliff?

Sea Kayaking (Level 3)

Sea Kayaking Leaders: Parker McDonald and Cata Robert

Wanna get wet, yak’ some dank waves and just plain chill on an island? Brochinos and chicas, come paddle the gnar gnar with us on the strikingly beautiful coast of Maine. Get this: YOU, your amazing new friends, and your kayaking gods, P-dolla’ and Cat-Dawg, thrashing around the atlantic coast of Maine and getting unbearably wet and tan all at the same time! Sick, right? Did we mention we are expert chillers too? After a strenuous day of strait up awesomeness, you get to strip out of that tight life jacket and consume your body weight in s’mores, Nutella, and, our personal favorite, THE MEATSTICK! If you like to have a good time, laugh a lot, and get rocks for biceps this is the AESOP for you. Mahalo brahs!

Hey I am Cata, if you are looking for a good time chilling on the coast of Maine on a yacht this trip is for you!!! The best kinda of yacht is an ocean kayak, am I right?? I am from beautiful exciting Connecticut and am a senior here at Bates. My favorite kind of dive is a bellyflop and I love to hit that late night choco-chip cookie dough. Parker and I are looking forward to ending the summer on a great note with this awesome trip, and we need you! Choose this trip if you are looking for a life changing experience and free food.

Casco Bay will be the backdrop for this adventure of a lifetime; paddling among the lobster buoys and island-hopping among the Calendar Islands are just a few highlights. Day trips will be based out of camp on Jewel Island which houses the remnants of WWII forts and even a pirate’s treasure! Students are accompanied by our wonderful local Sea Kayak guide.

Surfing (Level 1)

Surfing 1 Leaders: Katrina Muñoz and Riley Ewing

Hello class of 2021!! My name is Katrina/Kat/Kitkat, and I am pumped to be leading this year’s surfing 1 trip on the beautiful coast of Hermit Island with my pal, Riley. My favorite activities are dancing (ballet and modern are my fav), baking pumpkin whoopie pies, solving sudokus, and listening to Queen/Beatenberg/Old Dominion. My spirit animal is the white tailed deer and I have an unhealthy obsession with peanut butter. If I had to choose three Parks and Rec characters that I am most similar to it’d be Ann, Donna, and the lovely Leslie Knope. Riley and I are from the Granite state #livefreeordie, and even grew up in the same hometown! Because we know each other so well and are always on the same wavelengthhhhh, our trip is going to be the best! If you want an adventurous and upbeat trip crushin waves and bonding by the campfire… Surfing 1 is the trip for you!!! Can’t wait to meet the next bobcats

Ayo aesopers! Looking to catch some tasty waves? Katrina and I are super chill, and looking forward to relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Maine, occasionally getting saucy on some surfboards Being from the live free or die state, we really embody the go with the flow lifestyle. Some hobbies/interests of mine include: jigsaw puzzles, pokemon, steel pan orchestra, hanging out by a campfire, swimming (on the team ), hiking, skiing, and cliff jumping! If I had to choose three office characters that I am most similar to it’d be Kevin, Darrell, and Erin. My spirit animal is a wolf although most people tell me it’s a golden retriever. My favorite artist is Joey Bada$$, but my favorite song to dance to is hips don’t lie by Shakira (expect some good jams on the trip). Hermit Island is stunning and a great place to be for your first real Bates experience!

Surfing II Leaders: Andrew Berg and Tess Black

Hi, I’m Tess Black, and I’m here to tell YOU, young grasshopper, about my co-leader, Andrew Christopher Berg. I, Andrew, am an avid outdoorsman who likes to spend lots of time outdoors, avidly. Any time I’m not inside, I’m outside! Also, I work as a carpenter in the theatre department, carpenting sets for school productions. If you’re worried about my surfing qualifications, worry no further! I hail from Titusville, Florida, the surfing capital of the world, probably. Whatever the opposite of amateur is, that’s me! I have a surfing poster hanging up in my room at Bates so that I never forget about surfing (not that it ever leaves my mind anyways). Actually though, I surf quite often when I’m at home and am pretty good. I’m really nice too–I’ve been referred to as the Big Friendly Giant by Tess behind my back. I’ve taught my friends how to surf before, so if you’re inexperienced, don’t worry! This is going to be an awesome trip with some awesome leaders and an awesome itinerary, so if you’re awesome too, come shred with us this fall!

Hi I’m Andrew Berg and I’m going to tell you all about my co, Tess Black. My name is Tess Black and I’m a rising sophomore from La La Land in CALIFORNIA, the greatest state on the planet. Like honestly actually literally, though, all the other states suck in comparison. I went to Marymount high school (the Kardashians also went there which is so cool I’m so cool) and spent most of my time in restaurants eating acai bowls. Even though Malibu beach is like 2 mins from my house (I’m so cool!!), I didn’t surf until coming to Bates BUT immediately took to shredding. Look out for some powerful hacks, gnarly floaters, and radical tube riding from yours-truly. Only the best from someone from CALIFORNIA. At Bates, I pretend to do a lot of schoolwork and pose as an outing club member (I’ve been to three meetings). I once ran for class representative but who knows how that turned out!!! Besides that, I like hanging out with my cool friends, making my friends hang out with me, and smiling. Oh, and I’m an environmental studies major. I hug trees, nbd. But really though I am a super positive person and fun and cool and fun to be around and great friends with the real Andrew Berg. I’m stoked for this experience so get stoked with us and come surf!!

Maine has some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast. Georgetown is located in on the southern Maine coast and is one of the premiere surfing spots in Maine. Enjoy 4 days of surfing on the coast of Maine all while camping in Sagadohoc Bay. This trip is meant for all levels of experience; whether you’ve been surfing for years or have never seen the ocean before. Camp by night and surf, relax, and explore Georgetown by day.

Yoga/Hiking (Level 1)

Yoga/Hiking Leaders: Rachel Forcillo and Ben Aicher

Helllooo future bobcats and bobkittens! My name is Rachel and I’m a senior (!) psychology major from the beautiful mitten state of Michigan. I studied in Australia this past semester at a huge university (“uni” as they call it) of 40,000 students where I made friends with a lot of native Aussies, hugged a koala bear, and frequented the beach. It was a blast but I am pumped to be back on the East Coast. At Bates, I run cross country & track, teach yoga, and take just about as many art classes as psych classes. Painting is the best! I also work as a student caller for the Bates Fund (the organization that gives peeps financial aid for Bates), so there’s a good chance I’ll have the pleasure of talking to your parents on the phone sometime this year! I could not be more excited to lead this yoga & hiking (Hoga? Yiking?) AESOP with my sweet friend and experienced Maine outdoorsman Ben. If your heart desires a balance of hiking excursions with some time for quieter self-reflection, this is the trip for you! No yoga experience needed – just a desire to try it out and an open mind. I can’t wait for you to arrive at Bates, my to my favorite place in the world.

Hi all! My name is Ben Aicher and I am a rising senior History major at Bates! I’m just returning home to my native Maine after being in Buenos Aires since the beginning of the year. I am ready and raring to get back onto campus and meet our latest installment of bobkittens! It is so amazing to be leading this trip with the one and only Rachel Forcillo, one of the sweetest and most contagiously happy people in the world. We can’t wait for all of you to arrive and we are certainly excited to be able to join you on the first of your many adventures at Bates!

A new trip this year, Yoga/Hiking will be based out of Evan’s Notch on the Maine/New Hampshire state line and feature gentle trail hiking, swimming holes and magnificent views of the surrounding area.  Yoga will be done throughout the trip in a variety of locations, allowing you to truly get in touch with mind, body, spirit and your new surroundings before starting at Bates!


Questions?  Contact us at aesop@bates.edu