“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: www.sowaopenmarket.com
-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 .
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 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 www.bu.edu/sustainabilty for everyday tips to help ensure we can continue to enjoy our beautiful earth! Have an amazing Halloween everyone and get outside!