Hello All, Tuesday night the outing club met and you should have been there. We heard a guest speaker from the SCA, quite a few trip reports, a wealth of announcements, and even had some members competitively bobbing for apples.
Tuscarora Trail – This leafpeeping overnight began with hangliding ramps, rednecks on motorcycles, and rocks painted rock-color, but by day 2 they found solitude in the wilderness.
Hammersly Wild Area – Under a dusty gray sky, PSOC members enjoyed hoofing it over ridge after ridge in this extremely rural part of Pennsylvania, and jumped into a frigid swimhole at dawn.
Pool Session – Aaron Fleishman himself was jealous as multiple PSOC members hit full 360 rolls, even without a paddle, in whitewater kayaks in the McCoy Natatorium.
Spring Creek – after practicing in the pool, several boats hit the local whitewater hole in Spring Creek near Bellefonte the following morning.
Lil’ Juniata – With Wet wetter hitting most of the state, Cherry Springs was again postponed, this time in favor of a scenic day hike in southwest Rothrock SF. PSOCers enjoyed scenic vistas and found a baby snake.
Owls – 11/5 – PSOC members will be visiting N. Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station in King’s Gap State Park, where PA’s smallest owls are captured from the forest at night as part of an ongoing scientific research project.
Cherry Springs – 11/6-7 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. After being postponed several times due to weather, I am confident it will be clear skies this time. This trip is full, but email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
West Rim Trail – 11/6-8 – This meandering 30 mile path is a “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail, and has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon) with a lot less elevation change. Emailjlc6274@psu.edu to sign up, they are especially in need of drivers!
Rothrock Virgins – 11/6-8 – Pat Thornton will be leading a crew of beginner backpackers into Rothrock on some favorite local trails. Anyone looking for a chill weekend of hiking should email him at email@example.com.
Guest Talk at Ferguson Elementary – 11/13, 4-5 pm – Spend an hour on this Friday afternoon teaching little kids about the great outdoors! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Wild Women – 11/13-14 – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip around bear meadows and “the moon rocks” in Rothrock SF. Email her at email@example.com to sign up
Keith Springs – 11/13-15 – This hike will tour through Rothrock SF from shingletown to Keith Springs, passing through well known local vistas, campsites, and ruins. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Climbnasium – 11/14 – In preparation for the bouldering competition, Sam Devries will be leading a day trip to this awesome climbing gym Mechanicsburg. Email her at email@example.com to get on the waitlist, especially if you can drive.
Kayak Pool Sessions – 11/18, 8-10pm – Spots remain for the upcoming pool session! The first 12 people to give Aaron Fleishman $5 will be signed up to receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). Come to practice your rolls or other technical skills. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.
Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email email@example.com to get involved.
Governer Dick Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition at Governor Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
PSOC Thon is busy crafting greeting cards and parachord bracelets, being sold to benefit THON.
THON 5K – 11/7 @ 11/30– Our Thon group will be meeting up with our THON child at the creamery before taking a leisurely 5-kilometer stroll around campus with hundreds of other students and THON families. Be Sure to register onlinefirst, All proceeds directly benefit THON.
Join the FACEBOOK GROUP to stay updated!
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!
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 y! ear, $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!
– Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications a! re only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Associatio! n, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.
– Complete Safety Officer Form
– 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