Monthly Archives: January 2016

Meeting Minutes – 1/19/16

Hey Kids, if you weren’t at the outing club meeting last night, you totally missed out! We had two awesome guest speakers and some other cool upcoming events to announce. Read this email to catchup on what you missed.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Dave Gantz – “Gantz” is an extremely experienced backpacker, who has completed the Appalachian Trail multiple times, along with other famous trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail, Vermont Long Trail, and more. He provided us with a detailed description of what kind of logistics and planning go into long-distance hikes, and important information about how to stay safe on the trail and pack lightly without breaking the bank. Some documents he provided are attached, email him at davegantz@gmail.com if you have any questions about trip planning.

Drew Lehnerd – the assistant director of penn state’s AURORA program came to talk about job opportunities available to students. AURORA includes several different new student orientation programs, including ORION (backpacking orientation for incoming freshmen) and URSA (urban community service experience for incoming freshmen). They are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated leaders to participate in this rewarding way to earn at least $400 a week while providing new students with an unforgettable introduction to their new lives at Penn State. For more information, email Drew at dlehnerd@psu.edu or Jen Emigh at Jen.emigh@psu.edu or visit http://www.shaverscreek.org/penn-state-students/aurora/ 

UPCOMING

Kayak Pool Sessions – 1/20, 7:30-10:30pm – Spots remain for this semester’s first pool session tonight! Give Aaron Fleishman $5 to be sign up and receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). All experience levels welcome. Email ajf200@psu.edu for more info. Future sessions will occur on 2/24, 3/23, and 4/13

Frostbite Climbnasium Bouldering Competition – 2/27 – Pat Thornton is organizing a group to go compete at this climbing and bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg, PA. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu, they will be practicing at the state college YMCA every Thursday night. All experience levels are welcome!

THON

2016 Dance Marathon – 2/19-21 – Outing Club Thon has selected Taylor Bell and Emily Donahue to represent our organization in this year’s 46-hour dance marathon. Come on out to the BJC and join us in the stands to cheer them on as they dance for the kids and for a cure!

Parachord bracelets sale – 2/26 – We will be selling woven parachord bracelets for $5 each at the next PSOC meeting, all proceed directly benefit THON and the Four Diamonds Fund. Whether you want to make a stylish statement or just want to have some rope on hand in case of an emergency, be sure to pick up one, or a dozen!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PSOC Logo Contest – ends 1/22 – Now is your last chance to submit your take on the new PSOC logo to be used on t shirts, stickers, and more. Feel free to submit notebook doodles, 30 second sketches, vague ideas, we’re open to anything. Send submissions to psoc-officers@googlegroups.com

Fourty-Four Mile Fall Foliage Foto Funtest – Next meeting we will announce the winners of our fall photography contest, and we’ll be making announcements for our winter photo contest!

All of the linked forms above are also available here: http://sites.psu.edu/clubsports/resources/

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 a! r! e 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 – 1/12/2015

Hello all,

Tuesday night the Outing Club kicked off the semester with our first meeting of 2016. In our physical challenge, Jake Cramer’s strong hands were the only ones capable of opening an extremely stuck jar of sauerkraut.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Preparing for a Wilderness Adventure: Hiker Trash Style” by Dave Gantz1/19, 8pm – The Outing Club is also pleased to present a guess talk for next week. During our meeting on Jan. 19, we’ll be hearing local backpacking guru Dave Gantz speak about how to plan and prepare for long distance backpacking trips. If you’re a weekend backpacker who would like to break into some longer hikes, this talk is perfect for you. And if you’re not really a backpacker but would like to know more about what kind of logistics go into hiking the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, or other long distance trails, come out and hear what he has to say!

TRIP REPORTS

Polar Bear Plunge – Hardly “polar,” some PSOCers started off their finals week right with a dip in the Bald Eagle Creek near Unionville. The air wasn’t too cold, but the water was frigid. Everyone warmed up afterwards with a visit to Waffleshop!

Centralia – A group of PSOCers explored the abandoned remnants of this rural Pennsylvania town, where residents were smoked out by underground coal fires in the 60’s. After exploring the famous graffiti highway, we then drove to an inactive coal quarry of massive proportions known as “the whaleback,” before ending the day with some tasty pizza.

Adirondacks – A few PSOC members signed up for an adventure rec trip to this massive forest preserve in upstate New York. A group of 16, many of whom were new to mountaineering, summited the Algonquin peak. Under beautiful bright blue skies, they endured subzero temperatures and hurricane-force winds. On the way up, some friendly hikers tossed them some Lil’ Debbie Cakes. On the way down, a guide fell and broke her ankle shortly after they reached the treeline. As half the group returned to camp, a small crew stayed behind to drag and carry her for a grueling 6 miles before some forest rangers took over for the final mile. The situation was serious, but the experienced guides provided medical care and decisive leadership. All had an experience they will never forget.

UPCOMING

Sledding at Slab Cabin Park – 1/14, 12-3pm – Grab your sled and hit the slopes! We’re taking a drive to this local sledding hill to tear up some fresh pow-pow. Email bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up.

Cold MiLK IV – 1/15-18 – PSOC is taking a dozen hikers to the west loop of the Chuck Keiper trail near Renovo, PA. We plan to hike 33 miles, keep warm, and eat ice cream.

Climbing @ the Y – 1/14 – PSOC Treasurer Pat Thornton is taking a group down to the local rock wall to practice some indoor climbing. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu if interested.

Kayak Pool Sessions – Date TBD – Soon we will have dates reserved at the McCoy Natatorium, where paddlers of all experience levels can practice kayaking techniques and hopefully learn to hit that roll.

PAPERWORK

All of the linked forms above are also available here: http://sites.psu.edu/clubsports/resources/

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 a! re only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Associatio! n, a! nd 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 – 12/8/2015

Hello All, if you missed the memo about last nights meeting (sorry I forgot to send a reminder!), read this to find out what went on.

We will not meet again until January 12th. On January  19th, we will be bringing in local long-distance hiking guru Dave Gantz to share his extensive experience. If you are a casual backpacker looking to learn about what it takes to plan hikes of a week or more, this is your chance!

TRIP REPORTS

Wildwater Kayaking Competition – two PSOCers competed in this national whitewater kayaking competition, where long, expensive, fiberglass hurtle through class 4 rapids at high speeds. Kurt Smithgall took third in two events, and will be representing the USA in Europe at the Wildwater World Cham-pee-on-ships

Kinzua Bridge – After a long drive made longer by navigational blunders, a small crew of PSOCers went to visit this massive spectacle of industrialization. Once the world’s tallest, this rail road bridge was wrecked by a tornado in 2003 but is still accessible as a state park. They enjoyed the views, sketchy climbing, and many clementines.

Rayestown Hike & Bike – a crew of PSOCers went down to Rayestown Lake this weekend, where part of the group hiked down to the lake and the rest pedaled around the Allegrippis Trail System on rented mountain bikes. As  the fog lingered all day, all enjoyed traversing terrain and witnessing the lake and forest in an eerie but beautiful state.
UPCOMING TRIPS

Climbing @ the YMCA – 12/11, 5-7 pm – PSOC treasurer Pat Thornton is heading down to the local YMCA on Waupelani Drive, where PSOC members can climb for $3. This wall is a great place for beginners to begin and experienced climbers to get practice. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu to coordinate.

Polar Bear Plunge – 12/12 – Rick Devery is planning this year’s annual polar plunge, a great chance for PSOCers to test their limits of cold endurance and skills of treating mild hypothermia. We’ll be leaving at 9, and driving to Unionville to jump into the Bald Eagle Creek. Afterwards, we’ll warm up with some hot chocolate and a diner meal. Spots remain, email rickdevery@gmail.com if interested.

Centralia – 12/13 – This ghost town in the heart of PA’s coal country was abandoned after underground coal mines caught fire. Over 50 years later, many of these fires still burn. If interested in witnessing this eerie spectacle of urban decay, email rickdevery@gmail.com to get on the waitlist.

Cold MiLK Hike IV – 1/15-18 – In the fourth installment of an annual tradition, I will be taking advantage of the long weekend by planning a long hike, and taking advantage of the cold weather by bringing an excess of dairy products. This is a great chance to dive into cold-weather backpacking. Email me at benvizzachero@gmail.com to sign up.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Officer Elections: Canoe Division Chair – Alex Vesey is excited to build our momentum as PSOC’s new Canoe Division Chair! An experienced river guide and competitive paddler, we look forward to the radness he will oversee.

Fall Foliage Foto Contest – The Fall Photo contest is now closed for submissions, look forward to seeing the winners at the first meeting of the next semester.

Logo Design Competition – Though the deadline technically passed, we will be accepting submission for the new PSOC logo/t-shirt design until the start of the spring semester. Email any ideas for the new Outing Club logo to psoc-officers@googlegroups.com.

PSOC THON

THONvelopes – The fundraising season is in full swing, come to the meeting after the meeting to pick up some envelopes, decorate them, and send them out to request charitable donations from friends and loved ones!

Yankee Candle Sale – This online candle sale benefitting THON will be going on until the next semester starts. Check out the facebook event, and be sure to invite an exorbitant number of friends and relatives. Click this link to buy candles benefitting THON: https://www.yank! eecandlefundraising.com/FFentry.htm?publicKey=tdA6Xk2ZfXE2hxXmt9yVoDTWPWH6wA2x&frComp=ycf

 

PAPERWORK

All of the linked forms above are also available here: http://sites.psu.edu/clubsports/resources/

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, a! nd 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