Club Feature: Maine Outing Club
At the University of Maine, our student body refuses to let ever-changing seasons and hectic school schedules get in the way of enjoying the incredible wilderness of Maine!
The Student-Government recognized Maine Outing Club provides students with the opportunity to get outdoors. The club has been around since 1923, with a history of hosted weekend trips for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing and more.
The Club uniquely boasts owning it’s own property, something the most other student organizations cannot claim! The Club maintains a cabin at Sugarloaf, just minutes away from the mountain. The property functions without electricity, instead utilizing propane lights and a wood stove for heat. The cabin has the ability to house over 30 people at a single time and sees different combinations of visitors every weekend throughout the winter.
The club has meetings every Wednesday at 7pm in Room 218 of the Union. They are currently in the process of creating a set schedule for the current semester, but as of now they are just planning trips out weekly. Their future plans include hiking and skiing Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mount Washington.
The club is always open to new members and ideas. In addition, there is a subgroup of the Outing Club known as the Backcountry Squatters. This is a female-only group that is aimed at getting female students more involved in the outdoors.
It is only $20 to join the club, and an additional $40 to use the cabin, which you can use until the following school year! For more information, you can find the club on Facebook and Instagram.
Mike Townsend – President
Molly Bennett – Backcountry Squatters Rep