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
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.
For more information on the NOLS Boston
here… Or stay connected through the electronic
listserve set up by NOLS. Anyone can subscribe
or unsubscribe themselves here…