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The NOLS BOSTON Alumni Chapter: They’re Coming Around Again!
By Lindsay Nohl, NOLS Alumni Intern

If you’re a NOLS alumni who still loves the outdoors and lives in the Boston area, you’re in luck! The NOLS Boston Alumni Chapter is one of the most active NOLS chapters in the country.

Now, with lots of help and insight from Chris Robbins (SSR-3 2/13/91) and Betsey Dalbeck (WSA 7/10/95; BRH-1 7/24/95), a new organizing committee took over the reigns in January, 2002. This group includes Brian Kruegel (WAD 7/4/01), Janet Bertucci (WSW-1 7/12/98), CeCe Carter (SSR-7 2/14/96), Brian Collins (SSR-3 2/13/91), Jen Jones (WSA 7/1/01), Rick Frank (SSR-7 3/1/99), Betsy Reynolds (WSA 7/8/01), Cari Romano (AOE 7/4/02), Kathy Barry (AOE 7/25/98) and Sarah Woodard (SAF-2 6/6/91).

One of the committee’s primary objectives is to get the annual Boston Reunion back on the calendar. This past fall they successfully held the annual reunion at the Summer Shack in Cambridge, Mass. There was quite a crowd on hand to hear local dentist/climber Christian Dame describe his various peak ascents around the globe.

The committee’s other major focus has been trying to recreate the sense of a NOLS community in the greater Boston area. Organizing committee member Brian Kruegel says that they are hoping more alumni will start coming to Chapter events as well as use the Boston e-mail listserve to organize outdoor activities of their own. So far, they have had no problem attracting interest in the listserve, as over 400 NOLS alumni and friends are signed up for the Boston Announce List.

NOLS Boston has had a busy spring. They held a weekly rock climbing night at the Boston Rock Gym in Woburn and a monthly pub night at various locations around the city. In May, Duxbury beach was the location for two one-day NOLS Alumni Sea Kayak Seminars. Recently, the NOLS Boston adopted the Skyline Trail in the Blue Hills Reservation and plans to start various trail maintenance projects in the future.

With momentum building from the spring, NOLS Boston has planned a full schedule for the summer months. The chapter began its Summer Hike Series on June 8 with a hike up Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire. Also, back on the docket from last summer is the Walden Pond Swim and Paddle Series. Other possible happenings include various service projects and an extended boating trip in Maine.

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