Spring 2019 Newsletter






COE Spring Newsletter

In this issue: 

Brothers of Climbing visit Lindseth Climbing Center

20th Anniversary of COE's screening of Banff Mountain Centre Film Festival 

Adirondack Winter Mountaineering Training 

Giving Day is 3/14! 





Brothers of Climbing visit Lindseth Climbing Center


On Saturday, February 16th, the founding members of the Brothers of Climbing, Mikhail Martin, David Glace, and Pieter Cooper helped welcome about 100 students, staff, and community members to a morning of climbing to promote a potential new collegiate chapter of the BOC here at Cornell. The Brothers of Climbing are a Brooklyn-based group of climbers committed to increasing diversity in the climbing community. Later that evening, the BOC were onstage at the Banff Mountain Centre Film Festival screening to introduce their film highlighting their group's origins.




20th Anniversary of COE’s screening of the Banff Mountain Centre Film Festival


February 15th marked the 20th anniversary of the Cornell showing of the Banff Mountain Centre Film Festival. Films ran the gamut from the origins of a Tibetan mountain biker to topics such as promoting positive body images (The Mirnavator) and inclusivity in outdoor activities (The Brothers of Climbing).

First hosted in 2000, Todd Miner and Mary Fessden of Cornell Cinema were co-organizers.  The next year Banff became a COE event hosted at Uris. Fast forward to 2019 - Banff has become COE’s largest event.  The two-day show, now hosted at Bailey Hall, brings in over 900 people per night.  The evenings fill us with excitement, energy, and enthusiasm for all things outdoors, and inspire us to get outdoors and have our own adventures.




Adirondack Winter
Mountaineering Training


Over the February break, seven COE Instructors headed north to the Adirondack Mountains to learn about traveling through this beautiful and harsh environment. Led by senior Instructors Bob Chiang and Liana Margolese and Coordinator Rob Cook, they learned the finer points of snowshoe and crampon use in the mountains, and how to keep warm in extreme conditions. The weather did not disappoint, ranging from pleasant springtime conditions to wind chills around -30F. Sustained winds of 80mph with gusts over 110mph were observed at nearby Whiteface Mountain at the same time the group attempted to summit Cascade Mountain. While conditions were challenging they provided valuable experience and lessons. Trips like these give instructors the opportunity to learn advanced skills, build a cohesive team, have new experiences and have some fun together. This trip was no different and the beauty of the Adirondacks combined with a great crew of COE Instructors made for a truly memorable experience.




Giving Day is 3/14!


One day each year, Cornell invites alumni, parents, friends, and supporters all over the world to come together to make a difference for programs across the university. This year, a special matching gift offer from our Advisory Board leadership doubles the impact of your donation! In addition, the Cornell Varsity Club has pledged up to $5,000 to groups that can exceed last year’s number of donors.

This year, as usual, COE's costs will exceed our course fee revenue. We make up for this deficit largely with donations from people who believe that what we are doing is worthwhile. With thousands of COE alumni, even small contributions go a long way! Don't hold back, every $5 counts!

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