Monthly Archives: September 2015

Meeting Minutes 9/29/15

Hello Sexy PSOCers,
Last night we met and had fun discussing events and viewing submissions for the photo contest. You should have been there, man!
 

TRIP REPORTS

          Canning – Groups of PSOC members hit the streets fundraising for THON. They raised over 3000 dollars, and experienced lots of lasagna, pets, and a real live power ranger.
          Rothrockin’ – This non-PSOC day hike took pace in the more southerly reaches of our local state forest. 13 peeps enjoyed vistas, rocks, giant spiders, and climbing a sketchy fire tower.

PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

All of the photos are up on the Facebook Page. Link to photo album here.
          1st Place – Ian Van Sant
          2nd Place – Jesse Bolind
3rd Place – Logan DeMarcus
If you’re one of those three people, contact Aaron Fleishman (ajf200@psu.edu) to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone for participating, and thanks to our PSOC Alumni judges for helping out: Christina Spohn, Shaina Melnick, Bryant Foster, and Rachel Hoh. Keep your lenses uncapped. We’ll be doing another photo contest later this semester.
UPCOMING TRIPS
          Mount Marcy – 10/2-4 – If you’re climbing to New York State’s highest point this weekend, you already know who you are. Good luck and watch out for forest fires!
          Cherry Springs – 10/16-17 – This overnight stargazing trip is coming up in two weeks. Email me at bsv5021@psu.edu to get put on the waitlist.
          West Rim Trail – 11/6-8 – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email rww5344@psu.edu to get put on the waitlist, they are especially in need of drivers!
          Canoe Division – Weekly whitewater practices have been going out on Spring Creek and pool sessions have been scheduled. If interested, email Aaron (ajf200@psu.edu).
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
          Extreme Stater – 10/18 – Registration is open until 10/2 for Penn State’s very own adventure race, hosted at Stone Valley Recreation Area. Do it for the fun, or do it for the glory! More info here

          Outreach at Local Elementary School – TBD – We got a request from the organizer of the after-school program at Ferguson Township Elementary School to come in and talk to her students about Outing Club, outdoor activities, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, conservation, etc, and just get them excited about the great outdoors. I’m looking for 3-5 more members who would be interested in helping out with this. It would likely be on an a Friday afternoon in next few weeks from 4pm-5pm. Email Aaron Fleishman if interested (ajf200@psu.edu)

          Fall Expo 2015 – 10/17 10am-6pm – Appalachian Outdoors will be hosting many events — raffles, give-aways, and information stations hosted by local community groups. This year’s Fall Expo coincides with the Downtown State College Fall Festival and Penn State Parents Weekend. Refreshments and food will be provided for your enjoyment. Looking for any Outing Club members who might want to share in manning a PSOC information and demonstration table for the day. Registration is due by October 10, if there is interest.
          Black Mo Monster Hunt – 10/3 – 11:30am-3pm – This seasonal scavenger hunt leads you on a wet and wild race around Black Moshannon State park. As you visit stations and complete challenges, your next checkpoints will be revealed through puzzling clues. Awards will be given to the first place in the 10 K run, 10 K mountain bike, 5 K run, and best costume. Cost: $20 + $2.50 SignUp Fee. Register online by 10/2 at 3pm: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philipsburg/MonsterHuntRace
         Opportunity to Join Appalachian Trail Advisory Board – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the organization that protects the Appalachian Trail, is seeking young leaders to share their experience and make a difference protecting the world’s greatest long distance Trail.  We are looking for young professionals, committed to increasing diversity and inclusive support to the management and use of the Appalachian Trail. In the link below are details about the Counciland an application. The deadline to apply is October 20th! . Please direct questions to Julie Judkins jjudkins@appalachiantrail.org. Apply here: http://pnts.org/new/job/atc-next-generation-advisory-board-member/ 
          
ANNOUNCEMENTS
          Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!
          Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods! http://sptfy.com/psoc
          Check out our facebook group!
 

PAPERWORK

Membership!
If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to ! provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly attractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
          – Complete Safety Officer Form

 

Drivers
          – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
          – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
          – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes 9/22/15

Hello All, last night the Outing Club convened, and heard this presentation from the officer board about how you can lead a trip. A lot of the information is also available in this google doc. We’re also working on this google map full of rad places to check out in the surrounding area, in walking distance, biking distance, and further. If you’d like to plan a trip, email us at psoc-officers@googlegroups.com to get started Next week we will meet same as always, on Tuesday at 8! pm in 108 Henderson.

TRIP REPORTS

          Spring Creek – PSOC had its second official whitewater kayaking practice session just before the meeting. A small crew practiced rolling, ferrying, surfing, and other basics of kayaking in some chilly waters.
 
          Stadium Cleanup – 41 dedicated PSOCers had an early and long morning, and cleaned one quarter of Beaver Stadium on Sunday after the Rutgers game. Thanks to their hard work, the club will be able to fund some rad trips this year!
 
          Gauley Fest – Some PSOC members went to the largest whitewater festival (in the world?) this past weekend in West Virginia. Some idiot tried to backflip over a bonfire, but everyone else had a ! great time.
 
UPCOMING
         PSOC Potluck – 9/23 – Come one, come all to the annual PSOC cookout, Next Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Sunset Park (an easy walk from campus). We’ll be grillin’ and chillin’, and learning some backcountry skills too!
          Canning for THON – 9/25-27 – If you’re going out to raise money for the world’s largest student-run philanthropy this weekend, you already know who you are. But it’s never too late to get involved, join the PSOC THON facebook group for more info.
 
          Rothrockin’ – 9/26 -! This 9 am to 4 pm day hike will take you on an 8 mile loop through some of central PA’s most pristine wilderness. Email nab5412@psu.edu to signup, seats remain!
 
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
          Mt. Marcy – 10/2-4 – Rick Devery is leading a return expedition to the summit of New York’s highest peak, way up in the Adirondacks. It’s a hard hike, but incredibly gorgeous and rewarding! Email rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you can drive. 
 
  &nbs! p;       Cherry Springs – date T! BD – I will be leading an overnight camping trip to find the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, and doing a cool day hike that Saturday. This will take place on a friday to saturday in october. Email bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up.
 
          Spring Creek Kayaking Practice – email ajf200@psu.edu for more information about the weekly kayaking practice sessions the Outing Club runs, totally beginner-friendly! 
 
          Climbing at the YMCA – All PSOC members can climb at the State College YMCA for only $3, every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-10 pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 pm. Email outing club’s resident climbing enthusiast Sam DeVries if you need a ride down at sjd5225@psu.edu.
          The West Rim Trail – 11/7-9 – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop, at some point th! is fall. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email rww5344@psu.edu for more info.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!
          Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!
          Check out our facebook group!
 

PAPERWORK

Membership!
If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to ! provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly att! ractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
          – Complete Safety Officer Form

 

Drivers
          – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
          – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
          – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes 9/15/15

Hello All, Tuesday night the Outing Club convened, and heard a presentation from US National Kayaker Kurt Smithgall, who introduced us to the sport of wildwater canoeing and shared the history of the PSOC canoe division. Next week we will meet same as always, on Tuesday at 8pm in 108 Henderson. We will have a presentation on how to lead a trip with PSOC, something we hope every club member gets the chance to do!

TRIP REPORTS

          King of the Beach – Last weekend, PSOC sent a group of 15 to Assateague National Seashore. Despite grumpy park rangers, biting flies, and tornadoes, much fun was had!
          Freshman Hike – Monday, a group of PSOC’s most impressionable youths summitted Mt. Nittany to watch the sunset over happy valley.
          Spring Creek – PSOC had its first official whitewater kayaking practice session just before the meeting. A small crew practiced rolling, ferrying, surfing, and other basics of kayaking.
          New River Gorge – Some PSOC members participated in an Adventure Rec white water rafting trip. Several boats flipped on the intensely raging torrent that is the Gauley, but there were smiles all around!
          Coburn – some PSOC members went out to scale sheer cliff faces at this nearby rock climbing hotspot
          Scotia Barrens – some PSOC members went herping at this local state gamelands, and were please to find many spotted and jefferson’s salamanders!
UPCOMING
          Stadium cleanup – 9/20 – This Sunday, we’ll be cleaning up Beaver Stadium after the Rutgers game, PSOC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Email me (bsv5021@psu.edu) with your phone number to sign up.
          PSOC Potluck – 9/23 – Come one, come all to the annual PSOC cookout, Next Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Sunset Park (an easy walk from campus). We’ll be grillin’ and chillin’, and learning some backcountry skills too!
          Canning for THON – 9/25-27 – Wanna get involved in a massive student-run philanthropy? Wanna dance on the sidewalk and beg strangers for donations? Fill out this form to sign up (club membership required). We are especially in need of drivers. Also join the PSOC THON facebook group
          Rothrockin’ – 9/26 – This 9 am to 4 pm day hike will take you on an 8 mile loop through s! ome of central PA’s most pristine wilderness. Email nab5412@psu.edu to signup, especially if you can drive!
          Mt. Marcy – 10/2-4 – Rick Devery is leading a return expedition to the summit of New York’s highest peak, way up in the Adirondacks. It’s a hard hike, but incredibly gorgeous and rewarding! Email rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you can drive.
       Cherry Springs – *tentative* 10/2-3 – I will be leading an overnight camping trip to find the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, and doing a cool day hike that saturday. Dates may vary in order to guarantee clear skies. Email bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up.
          Spring Creek Kayaking Practice – email ajf200@psu.edu for more information about the weekly kayaking practice sessions the Outing Club runs, totally beginner-friendly!
          Climbing at the YMCA – All PSOC members can climb at the State College YMCA for only $3, every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-10 pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 pm. Email outing club’s resident climbing enthusiast Sam DeVries if you need a ride down at sjd5225@psu.edu.
          The West Rim Trail – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop, at some point th! is fall. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email rww5344@psu.edu for more info.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
          Summer Vacation Photo Contest — We are still excepting entries until 9/22, show us with just how awesome your summer was! Submit your photos here.!
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!
          Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!
          Check out our facebook group!
 
PAPERWORK
Membership!
If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly attractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
          – Complete Safety Officer Form
Drivers
          – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
          – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
          – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes 9/8/2015

A big thanks to the many who came to the Outing Club meeting last night. We’ll be meeting again next Tuesday at 8pm in 108 Henderson (same place, same time). Next meeting, we’ll have a presentation on how you can lead a trip with the outing club, and guest speaker Kurt Smithgall talking about PSOC’s rich history of whitewater paddling.
TRIP REPORTS:
          Black Forest Trail – On an official PSOC trip, 10 of us enjoyed the long weekend by hiking 42 miles near the Pine Creek Gorge. They enjoyed GORGE-ous vistas, rattlesnake sightings, perfect weather, and some-not-so-well-graded climbs.
          Gatineau River – some people ran class 3 rapids in Quebec on pool toys, and no one died!
          Rothrock – A few people went camping at sand spring and had a leisurely stroll around our local state forest
          Poconos – A couple people went out to the poconos to tear it up in ATVs
          Spring Creek – some whitewater paddlers went to some spots on spring creek to practice surfing and have fun!
UPCOMING EVENTS
          King of the Beach — 9/11-13 — If you’re going on this weekend of chill camping at Assateague National Seashore, you know who you are. Email Kelly Culliney at kmc5949@psu.edu to be added to the waitlist.
          Spring Creek Kayaking — TBD — PSOC officer Aaron Fleishman will be leading an beginner-friendly whitewater kayaking session at Spring Creek. This is an important session to sign up for so that you can be fitted for gear and embark on future PSOC paddling trips with less hassle. Email ajf200@psu.edu to signup.
          Freshman Mt. Nittany hike — 9/14 — You don’t need to be a freshman to climb Mount Nittany with the outing club next monday afternoon. Email Zack Webb at zjw5042@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you can drive. Club membership is not required!
          Stadium Cleanup — 9/20 — Early sunday morning after the rutgers game, the outing club will be cleaning up a section of beaver stadium. This is the club’s biggest fundraiser, and anyone who attends will be put on PSOC’s “VIP” list and granted access to a special reward trip later this fall. Email me at bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up, and please include your phone number!
          PSOC Picnic Potluck — 9/23 (tentative) — We’ll be hosting cookout at Sunset park from 5 to 8 pm. Come hang out, and bring some food to share. We’ll have slack lines, hammocks, frisbees, fire, and more. They’ll be some informational sessions on basic outdoors skills too. Hope to see you there!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
          Summer Vacation Photo Contest — We are still excepting entries until 9/22, show us with just how awesome your summer was! Submit your photos here.
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
Trips & Gear — The officer board wants to remind you all that Outing Club doesn’t just lead trips, we are a resource for all your outdoor needs. If you’re wondering about a place you want to go, or need gear for a trip you are planning, talk to us or post on our facebook group and someone will be able to help you.
          CPR/AED & First Aid Class — Get certified and become an offical PSOC safety officer. Every outing club trip needs at least one safety officer, so having the certification can give you a big advantage when trying to get on a trip. More info here
          Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!
          Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!
PAPERWORK
Membership
If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly attractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
               – Complete Safety Officer Form
Drivers
               – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
               – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
               – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes 9/1/2015

Hello all, here’s what happened at the first outing club meeting of the year! We will be meeting every Tuesday at 8 pm in 108 Henderson for the rest of the semester.

Icebreaker
We found that PSOC members enjoy pet caterpillars, black coffee, and fond childhood memories of meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
Guest Presentations
Outdoors School – Want to spend a week at camp teaching fifth graders about nature this fall? Want to get course credit for it? Apply to ODS by September 9th for an experience that I can personally guarantee is incredible. MORE INFO HERE
AURORA – PSOC’s Faculty adviser Jen Bean is hiring guides for her wilderness orientation program for incoming freshman and transfer students. You could spend your late summer guiding backpacking trips and facilitating group togetherness in scenic places like Rothrock, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and The Olympic National Park. The best part is, you’d even get paid! MORE INFO HERE
Adventure Literature – You could your english credits by being bored to death in a classroom, or you could take Adventure Literature and get your english credits doing fun stuff outside like kayaking, camping, and exploring different areas. Space remain’s for this fall’s “Sailing the Chesapeake Bay” section, which meets once a week on Wednesday night. MORE INFO HERE
Upcoming Events
Black Forest Trail — Sep. 4-7 — A crew of 10 hikers is preparing to hike a 42 mile loop around the PA Grand Canyon this weekend. This trip is full.
King of the Beach — Sep. 11-13 — Officers Kelly and Pat are planning a camping trip to Assateague National Seashore in Maryland. Will involve short hikes, swimming, relaxation, sand, and surf punk. Expect a $20 to $30 trip fee to cover gas and campsite costs.
email Kelly Culliney to sign up at kmc5949@psu.edu
Freshman Mt. Nittany Hike — Sep. 14 — Fresh Historian Zach will be leading a big old group of freshman, new members, and anyone who wants to influence PSOC’s most impressionable youth to the summit of Mt. Nittany. This will only take a couple hours in the late afternoon. email Zach with questions or to sign up at zjw5042@psu.edu
CPR/AED and First Aid Classes — Sep 20, 21, and 23 — If you want to become a safety officer, Penn State Aquatics is offering these classes at a subsidized cost of $80. Sign up quick! MORE INFO HERE
Cookout — On a date to be determined, we’ll be holding a cookout at sunset park. Come hang out, meet some club members, and have fun! We’ll have slack lines, frisbees, hammocks, and maybe even some informational sessions.
Physical challenge
8 volunteers were given 3 minutes to run out and return with the biggest leaf they could find. Alys won a vintage vinyl copy of “A Go Go Discotheque” with her virginia creeper, and our runner up Ed got the record sleeve for the “Get Fit While You Sit” program for a classic elm leaf.
Paperwork
Membership
If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.
Benefits of membership include:
– being able to go on trips
– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation
– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors
– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA
– being irresistibly attractive
– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
Safety Officers
    &nbs! p;          – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
               – Complete Safety Officer Form
Drivers
               – Complete Vehicle Authorization Form
               – Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)
               – Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License
Be sure to join the facebook group: https://www.face! book.com/groups/psoutingclub/