WILD (Sorta) Fall 2006

This sorta WILD event was held in late October, at Sand Springs. Sand springs is a nice campsite. It is a great place for a group of any size, you have to get creative with tents and tarps, there a lots of widow makers (aka dead trees) nowadays but you can fit lots of people in the area. The bear bagging trees (there are two viable options in close proximity) are quite high, so give yourself a good hour just to throw the rope. The trail also connects with the MST which is a great option for a day hike, so this is a good place to ‘base camp’.  Ii is recommended for overnight trips to park on the access road and not to park at Shingletown Gap. There is an old pair of cross country skis that have been burned in the fire over the last half decade or so, this has nothing to do with the weather but whatever, the weather was ok.

When shopping for the group meal, they didn’t know what to get and were feeling kinda lazy.  So they bought two rotisserie chickens, quintuple bagged them, and hiked them into camp. Lets just say that people enjoyed the WEIS quality meat that was offered. However, if you pack in 10 pounds of slow roasted chicken, you’ll get several double takes.  Just make sure and bear bag EVERYTHING that the birds made contact with.   Believe me, the smell gets EVERYWHERE.

Members in Attendance:

  • Dennis Something
  • Tom Mrotek
  • Samuel Carpenter
  • Daniel McIntosh
  • Jennifer ??
  • Travis ??
  • 20 people in all went.
  • Kathryn Hegarty

Horse Pens 40, Bouldering 2007

It was 50-60 during the days, but dropped to 40’s at night.  It was perfect weather for bouldering.  There was one rainy day this week, and it just happened to hit mid trip which is perfect for a rest day. The bathrooms in the theater in Birmingham were the best bathrooms in the world, as agreed upon by the entire group. It was quite an experience. Don’t go here when its warm up north, save for a longer break and a colder period where the weather will be worth the trip down south.  Also, plan for rest days, bouldering takes a toll on your body and plan for 1 rest day ever 4 days at the absolute minimum.

High Peaks Region, Adirondacks, NY 2007

Organized by: Julie Sutsko

This frigid trip to the Adirondacks took place during the 2007 Thanksgiving break. The Adirondacks were covered with snow during the group’s adventure and while was mostly sunny the temperatures were not above freezing. The first night the group spent in the wild the temperature plummeted to below zero causing various butts to be frozen. Other misadventures included: frozen boots, salami water, eating snow, wild snow leopards loose from the Adirondack zoo, sketchy lake crossings, the Loj, too many Clif Bars, frozen food (all of it), crossing Marcy Dam, one group climbing Mt. Algonquin, and of course the penis cards(?). Despite the seemingly horrible conditions the group had a blast of a trip. If any groups are wanting to revisit the area they should plan to avoid the cold season but if you do go in the cold seasons, be prepared. Gaiters, insulated waterproof boots, and adequate sleeping gear are all MUSTS. Fun was had by all, and no one died.

Members in Attendance:

  • Julie Sutsko
  • Lauren Reed
  • Johnson Martin
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Nick Clabbers
  • Zack Haas
  • Brian Sabri
  • Amanda Morrow
  • Brian Newman
  • Brooke Osborne
  • James Basham

Puerto Rico 2007

This legendary trip to Puerto Rico is one of the most amazing trips PSOC has done in the past ten years. HOLY AMAZING WEATHER BATMAN!!!  The trip had some occaisonal bouts of rain, like 4 people cuddling under a two person tarp kind of nights,  but this is normal for peurto rico.  It was amazing!!  just plan for wet and warm but bring some changes of things. A sample of the things that make this just trip legendary:

 

  • Making reservations at a Hostel for ‘David’ completely in spanish, having never taking a single spanish lesson and actually having the rooms be there when you arrive!!!!!
  • Franz climbing a tree (very safely, obviously) to shake the branches in order to drop oranges to eat.
  • Getting to the top of El Yunce.
  • Meeting the North Carolina basketball team on tour.
  • The boat that almost exploded on its way to the island Culebra.
  • The crazy pseudo expatriates that rented out stolen bicycles.
  • Some of the best snorkeling.
  • Sleeping on one of the worlds top 50 beaches.

 

Even when it is winter in the states it’s very warm in Peurto Rico. So plan to either stash your winter clothes in the states or carry everything with you.  You also have to prepare EVERY leg of transportation before you go as Buses, Faries and cabs don’t always arrive on time, at all, or even work to begin with. Oh! oh! oh! and get the ‘pan de le something’ its bassicaly fried bread with butter, very good! and very good for hiking.

 

(lucky) Members in Attendance:

  • Adam “my stomach is gonna digest itself” Sheletsky
  • Brynn “haha” Biddle
  • Kathryn “safety officer” Hegarty
  • Daniel “speak spanish” McIntosh
  • Franz “yeah right” Lichtner
  • Sam “entiendamendaoamoes” Carpenter

Laurel Highlands Trail May 16-18, 2008

Organized by: Zach Haas

This backpacking adventure took place in the Laurel Highlands in mid-May, a season notorious for mixed weather. The group was fortunate in this regard, only receiving rain once and not for the whole trip. Mid-May is also the time that rhododendrons begin to bloom, as the group can attest. The trail itself proved easy for the group despite the treacherous looking elevation profile. A word to any group that chooses to do this hike in the future: reserve the shelters.

Members in Attendance:

  • Zack Haas
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Weina Ge
  • Prabhasa Ravikirthi
  • Roozbeh Foroozan
  • Mike Szedlmayer