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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

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

Meeting Minutes – 12/1/2015

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. Sam was crowned the official PSOC Try-hard for winning our pushup contest.

To honor the end of the semester, next week’s final meeting will be a Potluck! Bring something home made, something weis-made, something factory-made, something dining-hall-made, we’re not picky. We’ll be electing a new Canoe Division Chair, announcing photo contest winners, and hanging out for a while after the meeting. Don’t miss out!

TRIP REPORTS

Kayak Pool Session – PSOC members of all skill levels enjoyed this indoor kayak practice. While our experienced members enjoyed pioneering the art of vertical kayaking or completing 30 consecutive barrel rolls, others enjoyed simply paddling in circles or attempting to hit their first roll.

Governor Dick Bouldering Competition – After a friday night campfire singalong, PSOC members competed all day saturday at this outdoor rock climbing competition. There were personal victories and gigantic burritos had by all, and many enjoyed watching small chill busting dino moves and effortlessly scaling difficult routes.

Deer Rifle Season Opening Day – On this state wide holiday, several PSOCers attempted to get their deer, but none that I know of succeeded. Be very careful while hiking for the next two weeks, there are a lot of hunters with guns and it is ILLEGAL to be in any state forest or game lands without wearing orange.

 

UPCOMING TRIPS

York College One Tribe Climbing Competition – 12/6 – Feeling left out after you missed Gov. Dick? Fear Not! Sam will be leading a crew of PSOCers to another climbing competition, this time at an indoor rock gym. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu if you’re interested, and pre register using this link.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 12/9, 7:30-10:30pm – Spots remain for this session’s final pool session. 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.

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

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 getting up bright and early, and warming up afterward with hike and some hot chocolate. If interested, email rickdevery@gmail.com

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Logo Design Competition – Email any ideas for the new Outing Club logo to psoc-officers@googlegroups.com by December 8. The competition is slim, so feel free to submit anything – a 30 second notebook doodle, a vague description of an idea, anything, we’re desperate for more submissions.

Officer Elections: Canoe Division Chair – 12/8 – PSOC will be designating a new officer to take charge of the PSOC’s growing canoe division. We are looking for an experienced paddling enthusiast willing to plan the logistics of various paddling events such as pool sessions and spring creek practice, as well as communicate with Adventure Rec who currently houses all PSOC paddling gear. At our December 8th meeting, candidates will give a short speech and then all club members attending will vote. Email us at psoc-officers@googlegroups.com or talk to an officer if you’re interested in running.

Outbound Collective College Explore Grant – Fill out this 1 minute application to be entered for a chance to win $1000+ in outdoors gear. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Check here for more info: https://www.theoutbound.com/contests/collegeexplorers_fall2015

PSOC THON

THON Hoops – 12/5 -Come out to the free basketball game this weekend, and $3 automatically go to THON! Check our facebook group to coordinate with other PSOC Thonners who will be going. MORE INFO HERE

THONvelopes – The fundraising season is in full swing, come to the meeting after the meeting to pic! k 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

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

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

Meeting Minutes – 11/17/15

Hello PSOC members, we met last night and it was great. Everyone remember to wear orange in the woods this fall, as hunting season is in full swing! Also, KT proved herself a qualified elementary school graduate, by drawing a beautiful thanksgiving hand-turkey, and winning a beverage cozy for her efforts as part of this week’s physical challenge.

 

TRIP REPORTS

Cherry Springs – It may not have been a PSOC trip, but someone finally went to cherry springs. On the star gazing field they saw many shooting stars, but quickly retreated from the cold and gorged on Chinese food in the tent. They also hiked the golden eagle trail to the scenic vista known colloquially as Reagan’s Horn.

Ferguson Elementary – Children at this local elementary school and the staff watching them agreed that our PSOC members were the best visitors they’ve ever had. A small crew of PSOC taught the kids simple lessons on packing a backpack, wildlife safety, water filtration, whitewater kayaking, and more. They also entertained many fun questions and many irrelevant stories about dogs. Stay tuned, as more community outreach events are likely to occur this spring!

Milton Rock Gym – Though all agreed that “bouldering takes balls,” that did not stop PSOC’s men and women alike from getting great climbing practice in at the amply furnished rock gym one hour away.

The Twin Towers – Some people who happen to be in PSOC completed an overnight backpacking trip that went all the way from Little Flat Fire Tower to Greenwood Furnace Fire Tower, which includes some of the biggest, steepest climbs in our local Rothrock State Forest.

Bald Eagle Baddies – Though the guy with the map was a no-show, nothing could stop this crew of kids from getting a hike in this past Saturday. They enjoyed a leisurely loop hike in bald eagle state forest, although no one could remember where exactly they were in this massive network of trails. Remember kids, always make sure you have a map before you go!

UPCOMING TRIPS

Kayak Pool Sessions – 11/18, 8-10pm – No spots remain for the upcoming pool session, but there will be a final session this semester on 12/9. The first 12 people to give Aaron Fleishman $5 will be signed up to receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). All experience levels welcome. Email ajf200@psu.edu to for more info.

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

Governer Dick Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition at Governor Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to get on the waitlist.

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 getting up bright and early, likely on finals week or the preceding weekend. The plunge will likely be followed by a hike and some hot chocolate to warm up afterwards. If interested, email rickdevery@gmail.com

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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Officer Elections: Canoe Division Chair – 12/8 – PSOC will be designating a new officer to take charge of the PSOC’s growing canoe division. We are looking for an experienced paddling enthusiast willing to plan the logistics of various paddling events such as pool sessions and spring creek practice, as well as communicate with Adventure Rec who currently houses all PSOC paddling gear. At our December 8th meeting, candidates will give a short speech and then all club members attending will vote. Email us at psoc-officers@googlegroups.com or talk to an officer if you’re interested in running.

Free U on XC Skiing – 11/18, 7-8 pm – Come to Appalachian Outdoors, your local outfitter, to hear Geoff share his cross-country skiing wisdom. He will be talking about where to go, how to stay safe, warm, and comfortable, and what kind of gear to wear, etc. There will be light refreshments, and admission is free.

Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows at the State Theatre – 11/19, 7 pm –  This year’s installment of the iconic winter sports film series celebrates why skiers and snowboarders commit themselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every Spring. And, as always, Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration, and premier cinematography that reignites the excitement for winter sports. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis is the ultimate transportation to freedom.” Tickets can be purchased at Appalachian Outdoors, $10 for Adults and $8 for Students.

Logo Design Competition – A call to all aspiring artists! We’d like to see your ideas for the new PSOC logo, to be printed on the next batch of t-Shirts and live on for decades on torsos of alumni. We will accept any format, even a doodle in your notebook. Email submissions to psoc-officers@googlegroups.com or bring them in to a meeting by December 8th.

Forty-Four Mile Fall Foliage Fun-test – Please show us the beautiful photos you have taken this fall within 41 miles of the sundial on the old main lawn. Winners will receive some fabulous prizes! ENTER HERE

Check us out on Instagram @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!

Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!

Check out our facebook group!

PSOC THON

Fundraising season is in full swing! Benefit PSOC’s efforts to fight pediatric cancer by buying yankee candle’s in this fundraiser. CLICK HERE for more info
Also come to the “meeting after the meeting” next week to send get THONvelopes to request for donations from friends and family.

PAPERWORK

Membership

If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for y! ear, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.

Benefits of membership include:

– being able to go on trips

– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation

– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors

– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA

– being irresistibly attractive

– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!

 

Safety Officers

– Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications a! re only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Associatio! n, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

– Complete Safety Officer Form

 

Drivers

– Complete Vehicle Authorization Form

– Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)

– Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes 11/10/15

Hello PSOC members, we met last night and it was great. Jay proved himself the reigning Chubby Bunny champ by fitting 8 marshmallows in his mouth and reciting the words “chubby bunny”.

TRIP REPORTS

Owls – Some PSOC members spent an unseasonably warm evening at King’s Gap Environmental Center, where we got to see a wild Northern Saw-Whet Owl up close! Many “ooos” and “aahs” and selfies were had with this adorable fluffballs.

West Rim Trail – On this PSOC trip, a crew of 6 die-hards followed this 30-mile trail as it traces the rim of the PA Grand Canyon, at times disconcertingly close to huge drop-offs. They enjoyed gorgeous vistas, fog-filled valleys, open-hearth cooking, and delicious wild apples.

Rothrock Virgins – After getting lost, hiking at night with torches, getting lost again, summitting Broad Mountain and its fire tower, getting lost again, then seeing a plane from above, then getting lost again, then eating some dry mac’n’cheese, this crew of PSOC-ers agreed they are no longer Rothrock Virgins.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Wild Women – 11/13-14 – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip around bear meadows in Rothrock SF. Email her at avd5431@psu.edu to get on the waitlist!

Keith Springs – 11/13-14 – This hike will tour through Rothrock SF from Shingletown to Keith Springs, passing through well known local vistas, campsites, and ruins. Email kzm5355@psu.edu to sign up!

            Milton Rock Gym – 11/14 – In preparation for the bouldering competition, Sam Devries will be leading a day trip to this awesome climbing gym in Milton. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to get on the waitlist, especially if you can drive.

Bald Eagle Baddies – 11/14 – This day hike will explore part of the massive Bald Eagle State Forest. Email rbw5098@psu.edu or nab5412@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you could drive.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 11/18, 8-10pm – Spots remain for the upcoming pool session! The first 12 people to give Aaron Fleishman $5 will be signed up to receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). Come to practice your rolls or other technical skills. Email ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.

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

Governer Dick Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition at  Governor Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to get on the waitlist.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Talk at Ferguson Elementary – 11/13, 4-5 pm – Spend an hour on this Friday afternoon teaching little kids about the great outdoors! Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Free U on XC Skiing – 11/18, 7-8 pm – Come to Appalachian Outdoors, your local outfitter, to hear Geoff share his cross-country skiing wisdom. He will be talking about where to go, how to stay safe, warm and comfortable, and what kind of gear to wear, etc. There will be light refreshments, and admission is free.

Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows at the State Theatre – 11/19, 7 pm –  This year’s installment of the iconic winter sports film series celebrates why skiers and snowboarders commit themselves every winter to a passion that’s guaranteed to melt away every Spring. And, as always, Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration, and premier cinematography that reignites the excitement for winter sports. Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis is the ultimate transportation to freedom.” Tickets can be purchased at Appalachian Outdoors, $10 for Adults and $8 for Students.

Logo Design Competition – A call to all aspiring artists! We’d like to see your ideas for the new PSOC logo, to be printed on the next batch of t-Shirts and live on for decades on torsos of alumni. We will accept any format, even a doodle in your notebook. Email submissions to psoc-officers@googlegroups.com or bring them in to a meeting by December 8th.

Forty-Four Mile Fall Foliage Fun-test – Please show us the beautiful photos you have taken this fall within 41 miles of the sundial on the old main lawn. Winners will receive some fabulous prizes! ENTER HERE

Check us out on Instagram @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!

Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!

Check out our facebook group!

PAPERWORK

Membership!

If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for y! ear, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.

Benefits of membership include:

– being able to go on trips

– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation

– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors

– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA

– being irresistibly attractive

– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!

 

Safety Officers

– Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications a! re only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Associatio! n, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

– Complete Safety Officer Form

 

Drivers

– Complete Vehicle Authorization Form

– Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)

– Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License

Meeting Minutes – 11/3/15

Hello PSOC members, we had a fun meeting last night that involved a wacky limbo competition. Congrats to Cassie, the reigning limbo champ.

TRIP REPORTS

            Slippery Rock Creek – Several PSOC members went Cabin Camping in Moraine State park, paddled the nearby class 2-3 rapids, and went on a haunted hayride at Cheeseman’s farm. There were locks picked, harmonica’s played poorly, water drank from boots, and fun had all around.

            Northern Lights – after the meeting last  night, some PSOC members went on a night hike in the Arboretum at Penn State. Though we did not see aurora borealis, there were many shooting stars.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Owls – 11/5 – PSOC members will be visiting N. Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station in King’s Gap State Park, where PA’s smallest owls are captured from the forest at night as part of an ongoing scientific research project. This trip is full, but email bsv5021@psu.edu to get on the wait list.

West Rim Trail – 11/6-8 – This meandering 30 mile path is a “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail, and has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon) with a lot less elevation change. Emailjlc6274@psu.edu to get on the wait list.

 Rothrock Virgins – 11/6-8 – Pat Thornton will be leading a crew of beginner backpackers into Rothrock on some favorite local trails. Email pmt5086@psu.edu to get on the waitlist.

Wild Women – 11/13-14 – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip around bear meadows in Rothrock SF. Email her at avd5431@psu.edu to sign up!

Keith Springs – 11/13-15 – This hike will tour through Rothrock SF from shingletown to Keith Springs, passing through well known local vistas, campsites, and ruins. Email kzm5355@psu.edu to sign up!

            Climbnasium – 11/14 – In preparation for the bouldering competition, Sam Devries will be leading a day trip to this awesome climbing gym Mechanicsburg. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to get on the waitlist, especially if you can drive.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 11/18, 8-10pm – Spots remain for the upcoming pool session! The first 12 people to give Aaron Fleishman $5 will be signed up to receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). Come to practice your rolls or other technical skills. Email ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.

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

Governer Dick Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition at  Governor Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Talk at Ferguson Elementary – 11/13, 4-5 pm – Spend an hour on this Friday afternoon teaching little kids about the great outdoors! Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Canoe Club of Center County Fall Meeting -11/5 – 6:30-8 – Bring some food and drink to this gathering of the local boaters just outside of campus! More info here

Logo Design Competition – A call to all aspiring artists! We’d like to see your ideas for the new PSOC logo, to be printed on the next batch of t-Shirts and live on for decades on torsos of alumni. We will accept any format, even a doodle in your notebook.

Forty-Four Mile Fall Foliage Fun-test – Please show us the beautiful photos you have taken this fall within 44 miles of the sundial on the old main lawn. Winners will receive some fabulous prizes! Check our website for details soon

Check us out on Instagram @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!

Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!

Check out our facebook group!

 

Meeting Minutes – 10/27/15

Hello All, Tuesday night the outing club met and you should have been there. We heard a guest speaker from the SCA, quite a few trip reports, a wealth of announcements, and even had some members competitively bobbing for apples.

TRIP REPORTS

Tuscarora Trail – This leafpeeping overnight began with hangliding ramps, rednecks on motorcycles, and rocks painted rock-color, but by day 2 they found solitude in the wilderness.

Hammersly Wild Area – Under a dusty gray sky, PSOC members enjoyed hoofing it over ridge after ridge in this extremely rural part of Pennsylvania, and jumped into a frigid swimhole at dawn.

Pool Session – Aaron Fleishman himself was jealous as multiple PSOC members hit full 360 rolls, even without a paddle, in whitewater kayaks in the McCoy Natatorium.

Spring Creek – after practicing in the pool, several boats hit the local whitewater hole in Spring Creek near Bellefonte the following morning.

Lil’ Juniata – With Wet wetter hitting most of the state, Cherry Springs was again postponed, this time in favor of a scenic day hike in southwest Rothrock SF. PSOCers enjoyed scenic vistas and found a baby snake.

UPCOMING TRIPS

Owls – 11/5 – PSOC members will be visiting N. Saw-Whet Owl Banding Station in King’s Gap State Park, where PA’s smallest owls are captured from the forest at night as part of an ongoing scientific research project.

Cherry Springs – 11/6-7 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. After being postponed several times due to weather, I am confident it will be clear skies this time. This trip is full, but email bsv5021@psu.edu to be added to the waitlist.

West Rim Trail – 11/6-8 – This meandering 30 mile path is a “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail, and has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon) with a lot less elevation change. Emailjlc6274@psu.edu to sign up, they are especially in need of drivers!

 Rothrock Virgins – 11/6-8 – Pat Thornton will be leading a crew of beginner backpackers into Rothrock on some favorite local trails. Anyone looking for a chill weekend of hiking should email him at pmt5086@psu.edu.

Guest Talk at Ferguson Elementary – 11/13, 4-5 pm – Spend an hour on this Friday afternoon teaching little kids about the great outdoors! Email ajf200@psu.edu to get involved.

Wild Women – 11/13-14 – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip around bear meadows and “the moon rocks” in Rothrock SF. Email her at avd5431@psu.edu to sign up

Keith Springs – 11/13-15 – This hike will tour through Rothrock SF from shingletown to Keith Springs, passing through well known local vistas, campsites, and ruins. Email kzm5355@psu.edu to sign up!

            Climbnasium – 11/14 – In preparation for the bouldering competition, Sam Devries will be leading a day trip to this awesome climbing gym Mechanicsburg. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to get on the waitlist, especially if you can drive.

Kayak Pool Sessions – 11/18, 8-10pm – Spots remain for the upcoming pool session! The first 12 people to give Aaron Fleishman $5 will be signed up to receive professional whitewater kayaking instruction. Gear is provided, and if you have your own gear feel free to just show up (with $5). Come to practice your rolls or other technical skills. Email ajf200@psu.edu to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.

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

Governer Dick Bouldering Competition – 11/21 – Join PSOC’s veteran climber Sam DeVries and compete in this outdoor climbing competition at  Governor Dick State Park. For $20 registration you get a t-shirt and a burrito. Email her at sjd5225@psu.edu to sign up.

 THON Update

PSOC Thon is busy crafting greeting cards and parachord bracelets, being sold to benefit THON.

THON 5K – 11/7 @ 11/30– Our Thon group will be meeting up with our THON child at the creamery before taking a leisurely 5-kilometer stroll around campus with hundreds of other students and THON families. Be Sure to register onlinefirst, All proceeds directly benefit THON.

Join the FACEBOOK GROUP to stay updated!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Check out the PSOC Instagram account @psuoutingclub. Hashtag photos #psoc to get featured!

Check out the collaborative spotify playlist. Perfect music to get you pumped on a drive out to the woods!

Check out our facebook group!

PAPERWORK

Membership!

If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for y! ear, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.

Benefits of membership include:

– being able to go on trips

– free gear rental from Penn State Adventure Recreation

– 10% discount at Appalachian Outdoors

– discounted Rock Climbing at the State College YMCA

– being irresistibly attractive

– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!

 

Safety Officers

– Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid. Certifications a! re only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Associatio! n, and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

– Complete Safety Officer Form

 

Drivers

– Complete Vehicle Authorization Form

– Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration)

– Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License