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Another Amazing Outdoor Odyssey Season

August 10th, 2017 | Fall 2017 | Issue 1

 

In this issue:

Cornell Tree Climbing - A Closer Look

Summer Cycling Course, Six Years Strong

COE Pre-Freshman Summer Program

New Outfitting Hours

AORE 2017 & COE

Joe Stone

Summer Climbing in the Gunks!

 

Cornell Tree Climbing - A Closer Look

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Written by David Katz

Working at height is always a bit of a headache, as any minor mistakes could result in a really nasty situation. Working with Joe Pontecorvo for the PBS Nature episode “Yosemite” often involved hauling cinema cameras into the trees, getting him into position, basically guiding him, and then appearing on camera as the “talent.” Basically, three jobs at the same time - instructor/guide, talent, and camera assistant/operator. The production involved three distinct trips to CA, in June and November of 2015, and June of 2016. The primary reason we had to go three times was to capture a variety of seasons, but also to fill in missing gaps in the story. I probably climbed two miles of tree/rope during the production for the various different camera angles. Joe was a true pleasure to work with, he’s spent months of his life in remote places such as Borneo, Sibera and Alaska, so is a true outdoors person himself. About half way through our collaboration, he received an Emmy award for Cinematography on his last show for PBS Nature called “Snow Monkeys.” In order to safely pull all of this off, we had help from Robert Moore and Jared Claypool, both former COE tree climbing instructors who live in California. Without their ground support, this collaboration would not have been possible.

Read on to learn more of the history of Cornell Tree Climbing: The rest of the story

Summer Cycling Course, Six Years Strong

This summer marks the sixth year and seventh week-long bicycling course offering by a partnership between Cornell Outdoor Education and Cornell Adult University. Students, who are mostly Cornell alumni, come back to Ithaca to spend a week on a bike exploring some of the best the area has to offer. Program Coordinator Rob Cook and Instructor Jill Middendorf share skills like shifting, proper body position and good braking technique to help riders conquer Ithaca's notoriously hilly terrain. Of course waterfalls, coffee shops and ice cream stops make it all worth it. Each day offers new destinations with the week being capped off by a 32 mile ride around Owasco Lake.

Read more here

 

COE Pre-freshman Summer Program

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Photo by Tom Reimers

Each summer COE hosts Cornell's Prefreshmen Summer Program, delivering a full range of outdoor activities to approximately 200 incoming students. Choosing between field games, high and low ropes initiatives, hiking and canoeing, they are exposed to some of the many ways to enjoy the outdoors as well as introduced to more of Cornell's campus. Many go on to earn PE credit at the same time through a program designed by COE.

Learn more about PSP here

 

New Outfitting Hours

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Starting with this Fall Semester, Outfitting will be open Sunday - Friday, 4-7 pm, Saturday 9 am - 2 pm. The new hours will provide better access for the community and students to gear up and get outdoors. Starting this week, Outfitting has all the gear packed up for 300 Odyssey guides and trippers to head out into the woods. Huzzahs to the Wizards for making the magic happen!

 

AORE 2017 & COE

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This past November, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) recognized COE as the David J. Webb Program of Excellence Award for 2016. Just released, their annual report showcased COE and other outdoor education programs. Accepting the award at the national conference, Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Lindseth Director of COE shared that "COE's success is directly due to the tremendous dedication and hard work of our 11 full-time staff and all the amazing instructors who lead our programs throughout the year."

Read more here.

 

Joe Stone at Cornell - Sept 19, 2017

ALPHosted by Cornell Outdoor Education, Joe Stone is coming to speak at Cornell University Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7 pm. Stone is an inspirational outdoor athlete who became a quadriplegic during a paragliding accident. He persevered and continues doing the things he loves to do through hard work, and dedication. Stone believes deeply in spreading a message of inclusion, overcoming challenges, and taking control of the life one lives. COE is proud to host his visit and presentation.

Read more here.

 

Summer Climbing in the Gunks!

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Photo credit: Meghan Hill. Nate Farrington sporting a very clean shirt!

 

 
 
 

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