Meeting Minutes – 10/27/15

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.

TRIP REPORTS

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.

UPCOMING TRIPS

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 bsv5021@psu.edu 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 pmt5086@psu.edu.

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 ajf200@psu.edu 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 avd5431@psu.edu 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 kzm5355@psu.edu 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 sjd5225@psu.edu 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 ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.

            Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email ajf200@psu.edu 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 sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up.

 THON Update

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!

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 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!

 

Safety Officers

– 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

 

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 10/20/15

Hello Friends, last night the outing club met up, like we do every Tuesday at 8pm in 108 Henderson. After the meeting we had our flash sale, clearing out our inventory of old PSOC gear to make room for more! Next meeting, we’ll have a guest speaker from the SCA talking about the various internships they offer, and presumably handing out stickers.

 TRIP REPORTS

ACA Collegiate Downriver Nationals – “This weekend 11 of our members headed down to Roanoke Va. and were able to put PSOC in the record books again. Competing in the ACA Collegiate Race Series National Championship the men took 1st place overall and the women took 2nd overall. While there were many accomplished paddlers in the race, it didn’t stop several members who had never been in a white water boat before this fall from taking places on the podium! If racing, paddling, or being a collegiate athlete sounds like something you’re interested in, make sure to come to the next PSOC meeting to hear more about our race and other Canoe Division trips and practices!”

The Tap – Some PSOCers took the catabus out to Tussey mountain, and hiked about 10 miles. In one afternoon, they saw rain, sleets, snow, and sunshine. Pretty much every season!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Cherry Springs – 10/24-25 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. This trip is full, but email bsv5021@psu.edu to be added to the waitlist. This trip may be postponedagain because the weather does not look good.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 10/21, 8-10pm –  Spots remain for the pool session tonight! 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 ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. Future sessions will occur on 11/18 and 12/9.

            Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Tuscarora Trail – 10/23-24 – With a canning weekend cancelled, Rick Devery is planning a leaf-peeping overnight on this central PA long distance trail. Email him at rtd5077@psu.edu to get on the waitlist.

Hammersly Wild Area – 10/23-25 – This PSOC weekend backpacking trip will explore the same dark skies as Cherry Springs, some of the deepest darkest woods in the northeast. Email pmt5086@psu.edu to sign up.

            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. Email mer5481@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 pmt5086@psu.edu.

            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 sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up, you do not have to be going to the competition to go with her.

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 ajf200@psu.edu 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 sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up.

Wild Women – 11/20-22 (tentative) – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip. It’s still early in the planning stages, but email her at avd5431@psu.edu for more info, especially if you’d like to help plan it!

THON Update

Crafting Potluck – 11/24 – a date will soon be set to rendezvous with food. We will all be very busy gluing our pressed flower cards and tying parachord bracelets, both of which we will sell to benefit THON.

THON 5K – 11/7 – 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!

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 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!

 

Safety Officers

– 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

 

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 10/13/15

Hello Friends, last night a whacky world of woolly weirdos went wild with woodsy wonders. In other words, there was a PSOC meeting.

Better hit up the ATM – next meeting is our one-time only ***FLASH SALE*** Be there 10/20 at 8 pm in 108 Henderson. We’ll be clearing out the warehouse of PSOC gear and making room for new swag. Prices listed are as follows: All stickers – $1, Vintage patches – $2, Vintage beverage koozies – $3, All shirts – $8

TRIP REPORTS

Pool Session – PSOC’s first-of-the-year whitewater kayaking practice session at the McCoy natatorium went swimmingly, with several new boaters successfully learning to roll a kayak.

Spring Creek Kayaking – PSOC’s canoe division had an early morning practice session at our favorite whitewater hole. Despite cold temps, everybody got in some good practice.

Corn Maze – Some PSOCers got lost in a corn maze in New Jersey. Spooky!

Donation Rock – Some PSOCers scaled the cliffs safely and in style at this well-known climbing spot in Rothrock SF

Keith’s Springs – Some PSOCers ran into some horny honeymooners, who refused to share this spacious and amenable local campsite. This did not keep them from having a fun camping trip!

Tubing – Down near Coburn, a small crew walked through an eerie abandoned railroad tunnel and then floated around an oxbow in Penn’s Creek. Lacking tubes, a blow-up mattress and an inflatable orca made seaworthy substitutes.

Shingletown Gap – With only 2 hours between classes, some PSOCers fit in a quick loop from Shingletown Gap to Roman Tower and back.

Hunter’s Rock – some PSOCers donned the PSOC crash pads and went to practice bouldering at this local climbing spot.

Bellefonte Slalom – some of PSOC’s whitewater crew attended this local kayak race, founded by PSOC exactly 50 years ago. Aaron Fleishman won first in his division!!!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Cherry Springs – 10/16-17 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. This trip is full, but email bsv5021@psu.edu to be added to the waitlist. This trip may be postponed until 10/24-25 so that we can get some good stargazing weather.

Kayaking Competion – 10/16-18 – Spots remain to compete for the glory in this National Collegiate Championship in Roanoke, Virginia. It’s a straight-ahead downriver race, so anyone who can stay upright should take this chance! All gear is provided by PSOC. Email ajf200@psu.edu if you’re even a little interested.

The Tap – 10/17 or 24 – This day hike in Rothrock will take advantage of the CATAbus to Tussey Mountain. We will be looking for a spot on the Tussey Mountain Trail where someone nailed a keg tap into a tree stump, a true symbol of the Outing Club spirit. Email kmc5949@psu.edu if you plan to come, but anyone is welcome to just show up at the bus station too – we will be catching the B bus to Boalsburg at 10:20 am. Date depends on ifthe Cherry Springs trip is postponed.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 10/21, 8-10pm – 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 ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. Future sessions will occur on 11/18 and 12/9.

Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Tuscarora Trail – 10/23-24 – With a canning weekend cancelled, Rick Devery is planning a leaf-peeping overnight on this central PA long distance trail. Email him at rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up!

Hammersly Wild Area – 10/23-25 – This PSOC weekend backpacking trip will explore the same dark skies as Cherry Springs, some of the deepest darkest woods in the northeast. Email pmt5086@psu.edu to sign up.

Climbnasium – 10/24 – In preparation for the bouldering competition, Sam Devries will be leading a day trip to this awesome climbing gym Mechanicsburg. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up, you do not have to be going to the competition to go with her.

West Rim Trail – 11/6-8 – This meandering 30 mile loop is a “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon with a lot less elevation change. Email mer5481@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 pmt5086@psu.edu.

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 ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Mt. Gretna 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 sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up.

Wild Women – date TBD – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip. It’s still early in the planning stages, but email her at avd5431@psu.edu for more info, especially if you’d like to help plan it!

 THON Update

THON 5K – 11/7 – 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.

Crafting Potluck – a date will soon be set to rendezvous with food. We will all be very busy gluing our pressed flower cards and tying parachord bracelets, both of which we will sell to benefit THON.

Join the FACEBOOK GROUP to stay updated!

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!

 

Meeting Minutes – 10/6/15

Last night a good-sized group of PSOC-ers came out. We heard from some guest speakers, trip reports, and trip announcements. We also has a physical challenge, in which the entire attendance competed to select on true winner of the game “Bear, salmon, mosquito”.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Take Back the Tap – This club was formed this year at Penn State as part of a national initiative to reduce bottled water consumption and associated costs, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions through education, behavior change, and policy change. Check out the website or email Danielle Ruff at dar5507@psu.edu for more information. They are working on a petition to ban bottled water on Penn State Campus.

Adventure Recreation – In 2007, Adventure Recreation was created to provide students with a low-cost, safe, and structured outdoor recreation program. As PSOC’s sister organization, they can offer a broader variety of trips we cannot run for risk management reasons, such as caving, mountain biking, climbing, and more. They also offer student employment, and gear rentals (which are free to all PSOC members). Checkout the website or stop by “the ARC” (133A White Building) for more information.

TRIP REPORTS

RADirondacks – Some PSOC members summited New York’s highest peak, Mount Marcy. Unlike last year, they saw beautiful weather and amazing views. Despite cold temperatures, they encountered barred owls and French Canadians and a PSOC alum and her puppy.

National Public Lands Day – Some PSOC members put in a hard day’s work at Black Moshannon State Park, building boardwalks, planting trees, cleaning signs, and having fun.

Cherry Springs and Big Falls – Some PSOC members went camping in Cherry Springs State Park, and then swam at a swimming hole in another state park nearby.

Spring Creek Whitewater Kayaking Sessions – with only one participant in attendance, he enjoyed intensive kayak mentoring at this week’s installment of our ongoing practice sessions.

UPCOMING TRIPS AND EVENTS

Kayak Pool Sessions – Today, 8-10pm – For $5, you can receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Come to practice your rolls or other technical skills. Email ajf200@psu.edu to sign up, spaces are still open! Future sessions will occur on 10/21, 11/18, and 12/9.

Cherry Springs – 10/16-17 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. This trip is full, but email bsv5021@psu.edu to be added to the end of a long waitlist.

 Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Mt. Gretna Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition in Governer Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Sam will also be leading a training trip to Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg. Email her at sjd522@psu.edu to sign up for either.

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), and a lot less elevation change. Email rww5344@psu.edu to sign up, they are especially in ne! ed of drivers!

Tuscarora Trail – 10/23-24 – With a canning weekend cancelled, Rick Devery is planning a leaf-peeping overnight on this central PA long distance trail. Email him at rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up!

Wild Women – date TBD – Annabel Drayton will be leading an beginners, all girls backpacking trip. It’s still early in the planning stages, but email her at avd5431@psu.edu for more info.

PSOC THON

With canning suspended, our THON group will be turning to other fundraising measures in upcoming weeks. They will be selling pressed flower greeting cards and parachord bracelets, and preparing for the upcoming THON 5K. Stay for the “meeting after the meeting” every week to get involved!

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 gea! r 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

OFFICERS

President: Nate Moorman – ndm5147@psu.edu

Vice President: Kelly Culliney – kmc5949@psu.edu

Treasurer: Pat Thornton – pmt5068@psu.edu

Secretary: Ben Vizzachero – bsv5021@psu.edu

THON Chair : Taylor Bell – txb5167@psu.edu

Social Outreach Chair: Aaron Fleishman – ajf200@psu.edu

Fresh Historian: Zack Webb – zjw5042@psu.edu

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