Monthly Archives: February 2016

Meeting Minutes – 2/23/16

Hey there folks,

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night, we had a fun meeting and we’re looking forward to some fun trips and events in these next few weeks.

TRIP REPORTS

High Peaks in the ‘Dax – A small group of PSOCers made their first foray into mountaineering this past weekend in the Adirondacks. Though they didn’t quite reach the summit of Gothics Peak, they endured high winds and poor visibility as they trudged up thousands of feet in elevation. They’re all determined to go back and finish what was started, and excited to execute more technical mountaineering trips through PSOC.

THON – PSOC FTK was proud to see Taylor Bell and Emily Donahue killin’ it on the BJC floor for 46 hours. There were many happy, silly, sleep-deprived good times after a year of extensive fundraising. One day we will dance in celebration, until then we will dance for a cure!

 

UPCOMING TRIPS

Kayaking Pool Sessions – 2/24, 7:30-10:30 pm – This pool session is FULL. If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the safe, comfortable environment of the McCoy Natatorium, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. All cost $5 to attend, email alexvesey@psu.edu to sign up.

Frostbite Climbing Competition – 2/27 – Unfortunately, PSOC has no leader for this indoor bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg, PA. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu if interested in stepping up and taking a group down, and be sure to join the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.

Quehanna Trail – 2/27-28 – Connor McInerney is leading a small crew of hikers to this trail in the remote regions of Elk and Moshannon state forest. Email him at cmm6816@psu.edu if interested, though the roster is full.

Winter Backpacking 101 – 2/27-28 – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him at ajf200@psu.edu to get on the waitlist.

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-person spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at ajf200@psu.edu or Alex Vesey at arv124@psu.edu.  Also, try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions, and join the PSOC Canoe Division facebook page to learn about other opportunities to practice.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gantz’ Gear Shakedown – 2/24, 7-8pm – Dave Gantz, local backpacking guru and recent Guest Speaker, will be doing an informational session at Appalachian Outdoors, our local outfitter. He is about to embark on a 400-mile hike, and will have everything he plans to take with him, laid out for all question, criticize, and learn from. If you’re looking to learn more about packing for a long distance hike, check it out! He’ll be coming back after the hike to do another similar presentation

TEDxPSU Luncheon – 2/28, 1-2:30pm –  TEDxPSU is looking for intriguing professional/student orgs, clubs, and other groups to share their ideas and goals with our attendees during lunch, which runs from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. This is a great event to gain exposure, recruit future members, and be a part of the TEDxPSU community. If you’re interested in representing the outing club email alexvesey@psu.edu, as most of the officer board will be occupied with various outdoor excursions.

“Severe Weather” Talk – 2/29, 6:30-7:30 pm – The RPTM society is hosting a National Weather Service speaker on severe weather, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). If you want to hear from the people who track and chase our nation’s most intense storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, don’t miss this talk!

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online HERE or on Instagram with #psocwinterwonderland.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/11-12, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries.

 

GET INVOLVED

Check out our website, and join the facebook page for the outing club, our canoe division, the climbing division, and the THON group.

All forms are available here, please bring complete forms into a meeting or arrange a rendezvous with an PSOC officer by replying to this email.

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.

Safety Officers – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid, then turn in the Safety Officer Form. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

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

Meeting Minutes – 2/16/16

Thanks to everyone who turned out for a fun meeting last night. If you weren’t there, José Holguín amazed us all by rising to one of PSOC’s most challenging Physical Challenges to date. Displaying incredible balance and flexibility, he stood on the ball of one foot and retrieved a single cigarette (which was standing on end on the floor) with his mouth before returning to a standing position. Declining the cigarette as a prize, he instead ate a jar of salsa as a proud man.

TRIP REPORTS

Breezewood Tunnels – 2/6 – Last Saturday, Nick Bermudez led a group down to explore an abandoned 8.5-mile stretch of the PA turnpike, which contains two tunnels, one that’s a mile long and one that’s a half mile long. The group enjoyed exploring the urban decay, and encountered eerie graffiti, surreal ice sculptures, and glorious echoes.

Rothrocking – 2/13 – With the trip to cherry springs cancelled once again for bad weather, Ricky Waltz is lead his participants on an overnight adventure in our local state forest. He learned that you can always count on PSOCers to be super stoked about the outdoors, even when temps are in the single digits.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS

High Peaks in the Dax – 2/19-21 – A crew of six is planning to summit a series of mountains in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Being more technical than most trips, the trip list is full and gear reservations are made.

Kayaking Pool Sessions – 2/24, 7:30-10:30 pm – If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the safe, comfortable environment of the McCoy Natatorium, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. All cost $5 to attend, email alexvesey@psu.edu to sign up.

Frostbite Climbing Competition – 2/27 – Pat Thornton is leading a group of PSOC climbers to this indoor bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg, PA. They will also be practicing regularly at the local YMCA. Email him at pmt5086@psu.eduif interested in either opportunity, and be sure to join the PSOC Climbing Division facebook page.

Quehanna Trail – 2/26-28 – Connor McInerney is leading a small crew of hikers to this trail in the remote regions of Elk and Moshannon state forest. Email him at cmm6816@psu.edu if interested!

Winter Backpacking 101 – 2/27-28 – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him at ajf200@psu.edu to signup, spots remain!

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-person spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week. Email Nate Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu to get on the waitlist. Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare, restaurant meals, and spending money.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at ajf200@psu.edu or Alex Vesey at arv124@psu.edu.  Also, try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions, and join the PSOC Canoe Division facebook page to learn about other opportunities to practice.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

2016 THON 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!

Gantz’ Gear Shakedown – 2/24, 7-8pm – Dave Gantz, local backpacking guru and recent Guest Speaker, will be doing an informational session at Appalachian Outdoors, our local outfitter. He is about to embark on a 400-mile hike, and will have everything he plans to take with him, laid out for all question, criticize, and learn from. If you’re looking to learn more about packing for a long distance hike, check it out!

TEDxPSU Luncheon – 2/28, 1-2:30pm –  TEDxPSU is looking for intriguing professional/student orgs, clubs, and other groups to share their ideas and goals with our attendees during Lunch, which runs from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. This is a great event to gain exposure, recruit future members, and be a part of the TEDxPSU community. If you’re interested in representing the outing club email alexvesey@psu.edu, as most of the officer board will be occupied with various outdoor excursions.

“Severe Weather” Talk – 2/29, 6:30-7:30 pm – The RPTM society is hosting a National Weather Service speaker on severe weather, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). If you want to hear from the people who track and chase our nation’s most intense storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, don’t miss this talk!

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online HERE or on Instagram with #psocwinterwonderland.

 

Meeting Minutes – 2/9/16

Hey you sexy outdoorswomen and outdoorsmen, if you didn’t make it out to the Outing Club meeting last night then you sure missed a good one. We had a talk from local whitewater kayaker Knox Hammack, who showed us some videos of his recent trip to Mexico where they kayaked over multiple 60+ foot waterfalls and had to extract an injured friend from a canyon 140 feet deep. He’s the only person I’ve ever heard refer to a paddling off a 30 foot waterfall as “chill.”

UPCOMING TRIPS

Sledding at Slab Cabin Park – 2/13 – This Sunday, I’m organizing a group of people to go over to the local sledding hill. Email me at bsv5021@psu.edu, and let me know if you can drive or if you have a sled. There may be hot chocolate involved.

Rothrocking – 2/13 – With the trip to cherry springs cancelled once again for bad weather, Ricky Waltz is leading a day hike in our local state forest. Email him at ricky.waltz@gmail.com if interested.

High Peaks in the Dax – 2/19-21 – A crew of six is planning to summit a series of mountains in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Being more technical than most trips, the trip list is full and gear reservations are made.

Kayaking Pool Sessions – 2/24, 7:30-10:30 pm – If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the safe, comfortable environment of the McCoy Natatorium, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. All cost $5 to attend, email arv124@psu.edu to sign up.

Frostbite Climbing Competition – 2/27 – Pat Thornton is leading a group of PSOC climbers to this indoor bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg. They will also be practicing regularly at the local YMCA. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu if interested in either opportunity, and be sure to join the PSOC Climbing Division facebook page.

Quehanna Trail – 2/26-28 – Connor McInerney is leading a small crew of hikers to this trail in the remote regions of Elk and Moshannon state forest. Email him at cmm6816@psu.edu if interested!

Winter Backpacking 101 – 2/27-28 – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him at ajf200@psu.edu to signup, he is especially in need of a co-leader.

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-person spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week. Email Nate Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu if interested. Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare, restaurant meals, and spending money.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at ajf200@psu.edu or Alex Vesey at arv124@psu.edu and try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions for practice.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Adventure Rec Gear Deal – In an overwhelming majority, our club voted for another year of the gear sharing deal with Adventure Rec for the one-time cost of $1500. With no increase in dues, we will have access to adventure rec’s massive amount of various outdoors gear for both official PSOC trips and your own personal expeditions.

2016 THON 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!

Telemark Ski Lessons @ Tussey Mountain – Maddie Nyblade is interested in learning how to telemark ski downhill. Like a cross-country ski, this style of ski is fixed at the toe but allow free movement of your ankle, and offers a useful means of backcountry transportation both down and up hills. Email her at mln5165@psu.edu, she can provide a ride and has a set of size 8 women’s telemark boots and skis to loan out.

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online HERE or on Instagram with #psocwinterwonderland.

“Severe Weather” Talk – 2/29, 6:30-7:30 pm – The RPTM society is hosting a National Weather Service speaker on severe weather, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). If you want to hear from the people who track and chase our nation’s most intense storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, don’t miss this talk!

Casting for Family Survival on Discovery Channel – Think your family has what it takes to survive in the most remote places on earth? Ready to heroically battle the elements as you find water, forage for food, and build shelter? From the creators of the Emmy Nominated Discovery series “Naked and Afraid” comes a brand new survival show for families. Families will be clothed as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to an international destination. They will work together conquering storms, starvation, predators and prey in their quest to survive. Participating family members must be 18 or older. Families can be compact and nuclear, blended and extended, and may include grandparents, parents, children, partners, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Email katy@metalflowersmedia.com if interested.

GET INVOLVED

Check out our website, and join the facebook page for the outing club, our canoe division, the climbing division, and the THO! N group.

All forms are available here, please bring complete forms into a meeting or arrange a rendezvous with an PSOC officer by replying to this email.

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.

Safety Officers – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid, then turn in the safety officer form. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

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

Gear Sharing Deal and Financials – 2/3/16

For 2015-2016, a gear sharing deal was worked out between PSOC and Penn State Adventure Recreation. The goal of that deal was to get more students outside. So far, it’s been very successful. Here are some of the details of that deal, and some of the numbers so far this year:

  • All active PSOC members get free gear rental from Adv. Rec.
  • Deal was 1 year only (trial period)
  • Cost to PSOC $150 TOTAL (bargain!!!)
  • Responsible for increase in membership and number of trips from 2014-2015
    • Number trips and events has already exceeded 2014-2015 totals
    • Membership is up 40%
  • So far this year, PSOC members have rented over $3200 worth of gear!
    1. This is awesome! Tons more people are getting outside.
    2. That is a lot of gear use. Adv. Rec. has costs themselves (overhead, cleaning, repair/replacement)

For 2016-2017, we have two options:

  1. Forego gear deal with Adventure Rec (and use personal gear/buy club gear)
  2. Negotiate and sign new deal with Adventure Rec

Our officers sat down with Adventure Recreation 2 weeks ago to negotiate a new deal.

Here is the deal that is being proposed for 2016-2017:

  • $1500 flat fee to Adventure Rec, to be paid at beginning of year
    • This comes out to about $7.50 of dues per member
  • Free group gear rental for PSOC trips
  • Free personal gear rental for non-PSOC trips
  • Up for re-negotiation next year, based on membership, etc.

Based on the success of the gear deal this year, the great relationship with Penn State Adventure Rec, and the club’s current financial standing, it is the recommendation of the officers to approve this gear deal for next year.

In order to help your decision, here is a summary of the financials of this year to date, and the previous 3 years. Notice that we currently have approximately $6100 left in the budget for this year (“Net Income”).

psoc_financials_2016

Any questions, feel free to ask the officers at psoc-officers@googlegroups.com.

-Aaron

Meeting Minutes – 2/2/16

Hello All, thanks to everyone who came out to our meeting last night. We were pleased to hear a guest talk from Mike Hermann, local cartographer and founder of Purple Lizard Maps. He talked about the process he goes through in choosing what areas to map, exhaustively searching for any existing maps of the area, researching in the field what trails and roads are accessible, and publishing it as a single, easy-to-use document. It was a fun talk for any outdoor enthusiast or map geek.

We are pleased to announce Knox Hammock, local whitewater kayaker, as a guest speaker at our next meeting on February 2/9 at 8 pm in 254 HHD. This guy can do some truly amazing things in a kayak, including paddling over 60+ feet waterfalls. Check out this highlite reel and get stoked!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Breezewood Tunnels – 2/6 – PSOC is venturing to explore a 13-mile section of abandoned PA Turnpike highway, which includes several tunnels through mountains. Email Nick Bermudez at nib5113@psu.edu to signup, though the trip is mostly full.

Chilly Springs – 2/13-14 – PSOC is officially returning to Cherry Springs, the site of many a cancelled trip. There, the deep rurality offers supreme nighttime sky-viewing. Email Ricky Waltz at  rww5344@psu.edu, this trip will provide a nice introduction to winter camping and is very beginner-friendly.

High Peaks in the ‘Dax – 2/19-21 – PSOC is sending a small crew to the Adirondacks for some advanced backpacking/beginner mountaineering. A group of 6 plans to summit Gothic’s Peak, Armstrong Mountain, and Upper Wolfjaw Mountain. This trip is full, but email Jake Cramer at jlc6274@psu.edu if interested.

Frostbite Climbing Competition – 2/27 – Pat Thornton is leading a group of PSOC climbers to this indoor bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg. They will also be practicing regularly at the local YMCA. Email him at pmt5086@psu.edu if interested in either opportunity, and be sure to join the PSOC Climbing Division facebook page.

Winter Backpacking 101 – 2/27-28 – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him at ajf200@psu.edu to signup, he is especially in need of a co-leader.

Kayaking Pool Sessions – 2/24, 7:30-10:30 pm – If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in safe, comfortable environment of the McCoy Natatorium, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 2/24, 3/23, and 4/13 and cost $5 to attend. Email arv124@psu.edu to sign up.

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-person spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week. Email Nate Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu if interested. Participants are responsible for the cost of airfare, restaurant meals, and spending money.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at ajf200@psu.edu and try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meru screening at Appalachian Outdoors2/5, 7 pm – Apphouse and The North Face present a free screening of this sundance-award winning documentary chronicling the first ascent of the Shark’s fin Route to Meru Peak in the Indian Himalays. If this incredible feat of climbing and mountaineering piques your interest, checkout http://www.merufilm.com/ to view the trailer.

Adventure Rec Gear-Sharing Deal Vote – 2/9 – At our next meeting, all attending members will be voting on whether or not to continue to the gear-sharing deal with adventure rec we have been enjoying this year. The proposal is that for $1500 of this year’s budget, we will be allowed unlimited rentals of group gear and personal gear for any PSOC member in the fall 2016-spring 2017 school year. Come out to the meeting to learn more and cast your vote!

2016 THON 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! We will soon be announcing a date to meet and make dancer mail for them.

Telemark Ski Lessons @ Tussey Mountain – Maddie Nyblade is interested in learning how to telemark ski downhill. Like a cross-country ski, this style of ski is fixed at the toe but allow free movement of your ankle, and offers a useful means of backcountry transportation both down and up hills. Email her at mln5165@psu.edu, she can provide a ride and has a set of size 8 women’s telemark boots and skis to loan out.

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online HERE or on Instagram with #psocwinterwonderland.

“Severe Weather” Talk – 2/29 – The RPTM society is hosting a National Weather Service speaker on severe weather, stay tuned for more details.

Logo Contest – ends 2/9 – This is the last week to vote on your favorite new PSOC logo. Please see the post pinned to the top of our Facebook Page for more info.

Casting for Family Survival on Discovery Channel – Think your family has what it takes to survive in the most remote places on earth? Ready to heroically battle the elements as you find water, forage for food, and build shelter? From the creators of the Emmy Nominated Discovery series “Naked and Afraid” comes a brand new survival show for families. Families will be clothed as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to an international destination. They will work together conquering storms, starvation, predators and prey in their quest to survive. Participating family members must be 18 or older. Families can be compact and nuclear, blended and extended, and may include grandparents, parents, children, partners, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Email katy@metalflowersmedia.com if interested.

Meeting Minutes – 1/26/16

Sorry for the tardiness, this week’s outing club meeting minutes are a little late due to an error on my part. Nonetheless, we had a great meeting last week in which Ed Chiang won the infamous nalgene chug contest by drinking a liter of water in less than a minute. Our next meeting is tomorrow (2/2) at 8pm in 254 HHD, where Mike Hermann, local cartographer and founder of Purple Lizard Maps, will be appearing as our guest speaker. Come on out to hear about his fascinating process, ask him any lingering questions, or blame him for that time you got lost.

HAPPENINGS

Cold MiLK IV – This past MLK weekend, a dozen PSOCers enjoyed 20-odd miles of the scenic Chuck Keiper Trail near Renovo, PA. The group enjoyed the serene solitude of the winter forest, and kept warm around the campfire every night

Fall Foliage Forty-Four Mile Foto Funtest – Congratulations to Kenrick Dacumos, Sam Anawalt, and Tim Hackett who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in this photography competition. Our new winter photo competition is now live online, read more for details

Kayak Pool Session – This past Wednesday, PSOC held its first whitewater kayaking pool session of the semester at the McCoy Natatorium. Several new paddlers practiced kayaking basics and learned to do a barrel roll for the first time. Future sessions will occur this spring, see below!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Breezewood Tunnels – 2/6 – PSOC is venturing to explore a 13-mile section of abandoned PA Turnpike highway, which includes several tunnels through mountains. Email Nick Bermudez atnib5113@psu.edu to signup.

Cherry Springs – 2/13-14 – PSOC is officially returning to the site of man! y a cancelled trip, where the deep rurality offers supreme nighttime sky-viewing. Email Ricky Waltz at  rww5344@psu.edu

Winter Backpacking 101 – “mid February” – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him atajf200@psu.edu to signup, he is especially in need of a co-leader.

Kayaking Pool Sessions – If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in safe, comfortable environment of an indoor pool, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 2/24, 3/23, and 4/13

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-perso! n spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week. Email Nate Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu if interested.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mike Hermann of Purple Lizard Maps – 2/2, 8 pm – PSOC is pleased to announce that we will be bringing this esteemed cartographer to our next meeting in 254 HHD building. Come on out for short talk and some Q&A.

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online on the PSOC website.