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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.

Meeting Minutes – 3/15/16

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s meeting, we heard some awesome trip reports and got some cool announcements along with listening to Tor Nordmark’s presentation about building shelters in the snow. As PSOC’s fledgling mountaineering division continues to grow, we realized there is a lot we still need to learn about surviving in alpine environments!

TRIP REPORTS

Puerto Rico Spring Break – Why read about it, when you can watch this awesome video trip report!  TL;DR we camped on the beach, climbed waterfalls, explored the rainforest, bouldered in the surf, and had an awesome time.

Allegheny Front Trail Solo Hike – Tim Hackett spent some time this spring break hiking alone on this local 42 mile loop. He learned that hiking alone is lonely, but also allows you to move at breakneck speeds, enjoy some “pretty food” vistas, and see a lot of trees. A lot of trees.

Chloe&Liz’s Not-So-Bueno Hike – These two PSOCers made a bumbling attempt at the laurel highlands trail. After a respectable 20-mile day (caused by some extra miles added when the trail passed through Seven Springs Ski Resort), they decided not to fall asleep with mice crawling on their sleeping bags.

AT Adventure – Fitting the theme of ill-preparedness, two PSOCers planned an ambitious 42 mile weekend and then realized pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to happen. They also forgot to buy food, but this problem was solved at a gas station near the trailhead.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS

Prycl’s Kayak Clinic – 3/19 – PSOC, in preparation for the Red Mo Downriver Race, will be attending this free whitewater kayaking clinic in Latrobe, PA. Email Aaron at ajf200@psu.edu if interested.

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, 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.

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

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 by the next PSOC meeting (3/22) to be entered into a random drawing for a highly sought-after spot on this trip.

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

 

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.

 

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 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 3/1/16

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the meeting on Tuesday! After a short meeting, we hung around and watched And Then We Swam, a short hand-made documentary about the first unsupported row boat to paddle across the Indian Ocean. What a crazy tale of stubborn idealism, persistence, and good humor in the face of awful circumstances.

TRIP REPORTS

Pool Session #2 – Our most recent pool session went swimmingly! In addition to practicing rolls and other cool tricks, some gates were set up to practice maneuvering a boat through a slalom-style course. If you missed out on the fun, future sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. Email alexvesey@psu.edu to sign up.

Winter Backpacking 101 – Aaron Fleishmann lead a crew of beginner and experienced backpackers on a fun overnight in Rothrock. They visited local favorite spots such as Little Flat Fire Tower, and weren’t phased by the difficulties encountered starting a campfire.

Quehanna Trail – Another crew of backpackers went to the woods near Clearfield and spent a weekend hiking through Moshannon and Elk State Forest. They didn’t have a map (bad idea, especially since they’re a free one here) and may have struggled to follow the trail, but they enjoyed learning a half dozen different ways to cook ramen, spotting the signs of elk in the area, and some satanic rituals around the satanic campfire.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is totally stoked to leave the continental 48 and spend a long week in the Caribbean! There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US.

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.

Tube ‘n’ Chill – 4/2 – Nick Bermudez is looking to do some leisurely floating down the Bald Eagle Creek. Email him at nib5113@psu.edu if interested, and let him know if you have a tube, an air mattress, an inflatable orca, or any other creek worthy craft.

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.

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.

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 t! he 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 – 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.

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.

 

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