Newsletter 10/26

October 26th, 2011 | Posted by BU Outing Club in Newsletters - (Comments Off on Newsletter 10/26)

“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”- Robert Frost

As many of us emerge from the brunt of our midterms, a good dose of de-stressing seems to be in order. Get a few more rays of vitamin d before the cold sets in! And with that, the Outing Club has lots of exciting new!

First, our eboard has been working tirelessly to improve our gear! Thanks especially to Dylan and Greg for working on keeping all of our trips dryer, warmer, and better fed. Yes, the scarves are pulled out from dusty closets, and the night air triggers a faint memory of warm cozy fires and we have begun our next transition. But fear not; that does not mean a lapse in outing trips. Halloween weekend will be a break weekend for us, but many more overnights and day trips are in the works for the coming weeks and the warmer, improved gear we are acquiring will let us extend the camping season.

Fellow clubs/community announcements

-This coming weekend is the last weekend for many outdoor markets, so squeeze them in! Check out SOWA market Sunday in south Boston for a farmers market, great food trucks, and arts-and-crafts:

-Boston College now has an outing club! And even though BC may very well be a rival, more outing clubs means more trips to go on, and more gear and destination ideas to share.

-Here at BU, Ethan Delano has started an Extreme Sports club, so for those of you who are adrenaline junkies, keep an eye out for his exciting trips .

Trip Recaps

Here are some recaps of just a few of BUOCs recent trips!

Mt Greylock (15th-16th)Last weekend 9 of us hiked Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, standing proudly at 3,491 feet above sea level. We backpacked the strenuous 4-mile Hopper Trail to the summit, while breaking for camp at the Sperry Road campground Saturday night. We were surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and enjoyed the scenic views along the mountain as well as M&M pancakes for breakfast! It was a great time and a much needed break from the bustle of Boston. -Danielle R. 

Mt. Greylock Landscape

Mt. Greylock Landscape

Mt Marcy (1st-2nd)Here’s a perfect example of a trip saved by a perfectly executed plan B. Hiking Mt Marcy was due to happen on Saturday, yet the bad weather prevailed and the gang agreed that none of us wanted to risk hiking 7.4 miles up only to find ourselves sopping and freezing, surrounded by thick clouds of fog with zero visibility. Thanks to our local Lake-Georgian Julian Barthold, we were able to come up with a plan B and decided to hike Tongue Mt, a little peek belonging to the Tongue Mountain Range that lines the shore of Lake George. The hike was only 2.6 miles, after which we were happily greeted by an empty lean to, built on rocky flatland overlooking the lake. The weather was grey and drizzling, but at this point we’d reached a tolerance for rain. We set up a tarp stretching from the lean to roof to two opposite tree trunks, built a nice warm fire and rested a bit. A 2 hr hike along the ridge line followed, ending with a delicious chicken noodle soup served with rice and rye bread. After four hours of story-telling and dipping pretzels into melted chocolate-chip dip, seven hikers fell asleep cozily huddled together. Breakfast entailed eggs and bacon. Great success, what’s next?- Francesca

 Tully Trail (22nd-23rd)We had a great weekend hiking the Tully trail located in Northern Massachusetts this past weekend.  The five of us packed up the car and headed out on Saturday morning, ready for the long hike ahead. After passing through Athol mass and pointing out all the relevant wordplay related jokes (Athol savings bank, Athol high, ect), we arrived at the trailhead of the Tully trail.  The first day we made it out to some pretty cool ledges that overlooked Tully lake and the Tully watershed, then continued on to our lean to located halfway around the Tully Trail loop.  I’ll admit there were some questionable items in the cabin when we arrived, but we tried not to imagine why someone would leave behind a ball of hair, some candles, a torn blanket, and a can of beans.  We made a fire, cooked some dinner, made some camera phone horror movies, and headed to bed.

The Tully trail turned out to be a little different than most of the hikes we go on. It was a little bit of woods, a little bit of walking under power lines, and a little hobo style backcountry road walking.  In fact it was on one of these backcountry roads where we met a man that probably saved us from extending our two day hike into a four day hike. On the second day there came a point were the trail markers began to become more spread out…until they stopped all together.  We continued, unsure, on a road that would have taken us to timbucktoo had there not been a gentlemanly four-wheeler willing to offer us some direction.  Turns out Atholians really aren’t athols.

As always, let the BUOC know if you have a car and would be interested on driving for trips.

In conclusion, check out for everyday tips to help ensure we can continue to enjoy our beautiful earth! Have an amazing Halloween everyone and get outside!

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Flo at Mt. Katahdin

Kate Winslet anyone? Nope, just our fearless leader Flo…


Newsletter 9/29

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by buoutingclub in Newsletters - (Comments Off on Newsletter 9/29)

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth … the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see.

-Edward Abbey (American writer and naturalist)

Can you feel it yet? The air a little crisper, the sunlight a little more honey colored, and leaves starting their auburn blush. Yes boys and girls, it appears that lady fall with her golden elegance is almost upon us, and I for one cannot keep the smile off my face. So lets get down to business… how to get outdoors!

Trip Recaps

Thanks so much to everyone who have come out with us so far! Blue Hills day hike, Mt. Washington, and Fall lake George all received awesome feedback! Check out pics on the facebook page.

Last week, 18 of us went on a daytrip to the Blue Hills Reservation, spanning from Quincy to Dedham Massachusetts. We hiked the 9-mile Skyline Trail that provided beautiful views of Boston and its surrounding area. Because the reservation is only about an hour away from Boston, we were surprised at how challenging some parts of the hike were! We also liked the fact that the trail was dog friendly, especially those of us who are puppy-deprived! Overall, I’d say it was a raging success – Rachel

Upcoming Community Events

BUOC is creating a team for Hike for Hunger. Hike for Hunger is an annual fundraiser for Heifer International and the BU Student Food Rescue program. The hike is 27 miles over two days, October 15-16, from BU to the Heifer International base in Worcester, MA. An overnight stay is arranged after the first day in a YMCA, and at the end of the second day we go on a tour of Heifer International to see how the organization runs and learn more about its mission. Hikers can opt to do both days or just one day. Email if you want to join the BUOC team.

This weekend is the Boston Local foods festival so check it out for tasty, sustainable treats!!!

Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2011 along the Boston Waterfront in Fort Point Channel for a free admission and zero waste festival where you will find farmers, fisherfolk, producers and chefs selling and showcasing local food. More info at

BU Dining Services is hosting a fall sustainability field trip!  We will be taking a bus to visit a cranberry bog in Plymouth county, followed by some good ole’ New England apple picking. Trip is free and tons of fun! Please RSVP by October 7th. Seats are limited so please only sign up if you are able to attend. When:  Saturday, October 22nd from 10am-4pm. Where:  Carver, MA. Leaving from Marsh Plaza, going by bus. How: RSVP by sending an email to Sabrina Pashtan or on Facebook by October 7th

How to Find Us

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What BUOC Needs

  • Have any trip ideas? Know of any little outdoor oases right here in Boston to share with other BUOC members?
  • As always, transportation is our largest limited factor, so if you have a car and are interested in trips let us know!

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Franchesca meditating on Mt. Washington

Just a little reminder of what we go into the wild for……

Newsletter 9/6

September 6th, 2011 | Posted by BU Outing Club in Newsletters - (Comments Off on Newsletter 9/6)

November 4th Newsletter

January 29th, 2011 | Posted by buoutingclub in Newsletters - (Comments Off on November 4th Newsletter)

After a thrilling journey to the Tufts Loj located in N. Woodstock, NH, the BUOC e-board has been set on getting a cabin. Since we’re not exactly sure where to get one of those, we decided that we’d ask the powers that B…U. Hence a meeting, at which President Nora will present our proposal, was set up.

The club is also looking into fundraising for the cabin. In hopes of winning 10K, Yong and company submitted one classy video to Polartec explaining why BUOC needs funding. The gang is also going to get in contact with alumni whose pockets might be deep enough for donations. Let’s hope BUOC has millionaires among its outdoor-loving alumni. Cleaning up Agganis is also a great way raise club funds and hopefully the club can score a slot this semester.

BUOC’s most exciting fundraising event will take place on the weekend of November 20th at Marsh Plaza. We are organizing a festival with plenty of fun games such as: sleeping bag races, tent setting up, backpack packing race, bear bag raising, “Noshavember” contest, etc… The club is really looking to team up with other green groups to make this a killer event and have as many people involved and interested as possible. Comments, suggestions, and new ideas are welcome! Just email us @

Finally, this Saturday the club is hosting a day hike to the World’s End. Sweeping panoramas of the city skyline are visible from multiple spots along the park’s trail, which runs through rolling hills dotted with wild blueberry bushes (how sweet is that?) . The best views are seen from a small island off the park that is connected to the mainland by a thin patch of land.  The trail is a total of 4 miles.