Monthly Archives: April 2016

Meeting Minutes – 3/29/16

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our meeting last night! Here is what we talked about:

TRIP REPORTS

Pool Session #3 – Last Wednesday, some PSOCers enjoyed our penultimate pool session in preparation for the red mo race that went on over the weekend. Read on if interested in attending our final session on April 13.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – A large crew of PSOC paddlers shipped up to Snowshoe this past weekend to enjoy a 7.5 mile downriver race on Saturday and the weekend of festivities that surrounded it. As always, Kurt Smithgall took overall first place with an astonishing time of 45 minutes. Asides from the race, we enjoyed an abundance of canines, delicious slow-cooked meats, armwrestling contests, and campfire singalongs.

Rock Climbing at Boxcar – Jake Cramer led a crew of climbers to his neck of the woods in Lebanon County. While having fun with a variety of long top-roped routes at Boxcar rocks, they dealt with a surly WCO who imposed some severe changes on their camping plans. This did not stop them from having an awesome weekend, nor did it stop them from petting Jakes Iguana ;)

Boys Club at Hunter’s Rocks – A small crew went climbing at this well-known bouldering spot near Huntingdon, and made this riotously funny video trip report to document the manly good times they shared.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Tube n’ Chill – Date TBD – Nick Bermudez is taking a crew for a leisurely float in the sun, but unfortunately the sun won’t be around this weekend. This trip will be postponed until the first Saturday with highs near 70, email nib5113@psu.edu if interested

Climbing at Donation Rocks – 4/3 – PSOC’s own treasurer is leading a climbing trip at this nearby spot, email him at pmt5086@psu.edu if interested.

Pool Session #44/13, 7:30 to 10:30 pm – come on out to the McCoy for the final whitewater kayaking pool session of the year! Email alexvesey@psu.edu to sign up, costs $5 to attend.

Pine Creek Gorge Paddle&Camp – 4/15-17 – I am pleased to announce PSOC’s first overnight paddling expedition in quite some time. After some friday-night car camping, we’ll float all day saturday, camp riverside that night, and paddle out on sunday. Email me at bsv5021@psu.edu to get on the rather long waitlist.

Hammersly Hikin’ – 4/15-17 – Chloe Boughton is starting to plan a weekend of hiking or camping in Hammersly Wild Area, in one of Pennsylvania’s most wild and most rural forests. Email her at cbb5253@psu.edu if interested, especially if you’re willing to help plan.

The Punishment Hike – Ricky Waltz will be leading an unnecessarily difficult weekend of backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. If you’re up for some type 2 fun, send him an email at ricky.waltz@gmail.com

Cherry Springs, Again – Aprilish – Nick Bermudez is picking up the Cherry Springs baton, and hopefully this time the weather will cooperate. Email him at nib5113@psu.edu if interested, the date will remain flexible as weather forecasts change.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/8-9, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries. PSOC will likely be hosting a table there to get the word out, so email President Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu if interested in helping us out with that.

Climbing @ the YMCA – Every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-9pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 – Come on down to the local YMCA and practicing your climbing or learn how to belay. Costs $5, or $3 for PSOC members. If you need a ride, or want to offer a ride to some landlocked underclassmen, Check out the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.

PSOC Officer Elections – 4/12, 8pm – PSOC will be electing new officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Outreach Chair, Fresh Historian, Canoe Division Chair, and a Climbing/Mountaineering Division Chair. If interested in running, be sure to talk to the current officer in the position your considering.

PSOC THON Officer Elections – 4/12, 9pm – PSOC’s THON Group will also be holding officer elections in the “meeting after the meeting” on that same day. Position include THON Chair, Family Relations Chair, Alternative Fundraising Chair, and two Merchandise/Canning Chairs. Once again, talk to the officers if you’re interested in running.

 

GET INVOLVED

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

All the following 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 – 3/22/16

Hello, thanks to everyone who made it to the PSOC meeting last night. We enjoyed a thrilling Trashketball Tournament, where the winner took home a vintage PSOC Whitewater beverage koozy.

TRIP REPORTS

Prycl’s Clinic – This past Saturday, a small crew of PSOCers woke up hella early to spend a day on kayaks in the Loyalhanna Creek near Latrobe, PA. There they participated in a free whitewater kayaking clinic hosted by Jeff Prycl, central PA’s whitewater guru. They enjoyed a mixture of type one and two fun, and all learned a lot despite cold temps.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Pool Session #3 – 3/23, 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, email alexvesey@psu.edu to sign up. A future pool session will occur on 4/13, all cost $5 to attend.

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, it’s not too late to register, but contact Aaron Fleishman at ajf200@psu.edu or Alex Vesey at arv124@psu.edu as quickly as posssible. 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.

Tube n’ Chill – 4/2 – Nick Bermudez is taking a crew for a leisurely float in the sun, assuming there is sun. Let him know if you wanna go, drivers are especially in need! nib5113@psu.edu

Climbing with Pat and Friends – 4/1-2 – PSOC’s own treasurer is leading a weekend climbing adventure somewhere! I’m really not sure of the details so just ask him at pmt5086@psu.edu and be sure to join thePSOC Climbing Division Facebook Group

Pine Creek Gorge Paddle&Camp – 4/15-17 – I am pleased to announce PSOC’s first overnight paddling expedition in quite some time. After some friday-night car camping, we’ll float all day saturday, camp riverside that night, and paddle out on sunday. Email me at bsv5021@psu.edu if interested, the trip roster will be set in stone this Thursday!

The Punishment Hike – Ricky Waltz will be leading an unnecessarily difficult weekend of backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. If you’re up for some type 2 fun, send him an email at ricky.waltz@gmail.com

Cherry Springs, Again – Aprilish – Nick Bermudez is picking up the Cherry Springs baton, and hopefully this time the weather will cooperate. Email him at nib5113@psu.edu if interested, the date will remain flexible as weather forecasts change.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Free U: Paddling the Grand Canyon – 3/23, 7pm – Appalachian Outdoors is hosting a free presentation from Jeff Brugler, who will be talking about his recent three-week expedition paddling the Colorado River.

Merrell Shoes Demo Day – 3/26, 9am-5pm – Come out to Appalachian Outdoors, where a representative from Merrell Shoes will be offering custom fittings and allowing you to take the shoes out of the store and try them out.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/8-9, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries. PSOC will likely be hosting a table there to get the word out, so email President Moorman at ndm5147@psu.edu if interested in helping us out with that.

Climbing @ the YMCA – Every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-9pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 – Come on down to the local YMCA and practicing your climbing or learn how to belay. Costs $5, or $3 for PSOC members. If you need a ride, or want to offer a ride to some landlocked underclassmen, Check out the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.

PSOC Officer Elections – 4/12, 8pm – PSOC will be electing new officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Outreach Chair, Fresh Historian, Canoe Division Chair, and a Climbing Division Chair. If interested in running, be sure to talk to the current officer in the position your considering. Next meeting (3/29) each officer will be offering a description of what their duties include.

PSOC THON Officer Elections – 4/12, 9pm – PSOC’s THON Group will also be holding officer elections in the “meeting after the meeting” on that same day. Position include THON Chair, Family Relations Chair, Alternative Fundraising Chair, and two Merchandise/Canning Chairs. Once again, talk to the officers if you’re interested in running.