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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 – 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 9/22/15

Hello All, last night the Outing Club convened, and heard this presentation from the officer board about how you can lead a trip. A lot of the information is also available in this google doc. We’re also working on this google map full of rad places to check out in the surrounding area, in walking distance, biking distance, and further. If you’d like to plan a trip, email us at psoc-officers@googlegroups.com to get started Next week we will meet same as always, on Tuesday at 8! pm in 108 Henderson.

TRIP REPORTS

          Spring Creek – PSOC had its second official whitewater kayaking practice session just before the meeting. A small crew practiced rolling, ferrying, surfing, and other basics of kayaking in some chilly waters.
 
          Stadium Cleanup – 41 dedicated PSOCers had an early and long morning, and cleaned one quarter of Beaver Stadium on Sunday after the Rutgers game. Thanks to their hard work, the club will be able to fund some rad trips this year!
 
          Gauley Fest – Some PSOC members went to the largest whitewater festival (in the world?) this past weekend in West Virginia. Some idiot tried to backflip over a bonfire, but everyone else had a ! great time.
 
UPCOMING
         PSOC Potluck – 9/23 – Come one, come all to the annual PSOC cookout, Next Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Sunset Park (an easy walk from campus). We’ll be grillin’ and chillin’, and learning some backcountry skills too!
          Canning for THON – 9/25-27 – If you’re going out to raise money for the world’s largest student-run philanthropy this weekend, you already know who you are. But it’s never too late to get involved, join the PSOC THON facebook group for more info.
 
          Rothrockin’ – 9/26 -! This 9 am to 4 pm day hike will take you on an 8 mile loop through some of central PA’s most pristine wilderness. Email nab5412@psu.edu to signup, seats remain!
 
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
          Mt. Marcy – 10/2-4 – Rick Devery is leading a return expedition to the summit of New York’s highest peak, way up in the Adirondacks. It’s a hard hike, but incredibly gorgeous and rewarding! Email rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you can drive. 
 
  &nbs! p;       Cherry Springs – date T! BD – I will be leading an overnight camping trip to find the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, and doing a cool day hike that Saturday. This will take place on a friday to saturday in october. Email bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up.
 
          Spring Creek Kayaking Practice – email ajf200@psu.edu for more information about the weekly kayaking practice sessions the Outing Club runs, totally beginner-friendly! 
 
          Climbing at the YMCA – All PSOC members can climb at the State College YMCA for only $3, every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-10 pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 pm. Email outing club’s resident climbing enthusiast Sam DeVries if you need a ride down at sjd5225@psu.edu.
          The West Rim Trail – 11/7-9 – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop, at some point th! is fall. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email rww5344@psu.edu for more info.
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 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 att! ractive
– 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 are 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 9/15/15

Hello All, Tuesday night the Outing Club convened, and heard a presentation from US National Kayaker Kurt Smithgall, who introduced us to the sport of wildwater canoeing and shared the history of the PSOC canoe division. Next week we will meet same as always, on Tuesday at 8pm in 108 Henderson. We will have a presentation on how to lead a trip with PSOC, something we hope every club member gets the chance to do!

TRIP REPORTS

          King of the Beach – Last weekend, PSOC sent a group of 15 to Assateague National Seashore. Despite grumpy park rangers, biting flies, and tornadoes, much fun was had!
          Freshman Hike – Monday, a group of PSOC’s most impressionable youths summitted Mt. Nittany to watch the sunset over happy valley.
          Spring Creek – PSOC had its first official whitewater kayaking practice session just before the meeting. A small crew practiced rolling, ferrying, surfing, and other basics of kayaking.
          New River Gorge – Some PSOC members participated in an Adventure Rec white water rafting trip. Several boats flipped on the intensely raging torrent that is the Gauley, but there were smiles all around!
          Coburn – some PSOC members went out to scale sheer cliff faces at this nearby rock climbing hotspot
          Scotia Barrens – some PSOC members went herping at this local state gamelands, and were please to find many spotted and jefferson’s salamanders!
UPCOMING
          Stadium cleanup – 9/20 – This Sunday, we’ll be cleaning up Beaver Stadium after the Rutgers game, PSOC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Email me (bsv5021@psu.edu) with your phone number to sign up.
          PSOC Potluck – 9/23 – Come one, come all to the annual PSOC cookout, Next Wednesday from 5-8 pm at Sunset Park (an easy walk from campus). We’ll be grillin’ and chillin’, and learning some backcountry skills too!
          Canning for THON – 9/25-27 – Wanna get involved in a massive student-run philanthropy? Wanna dance on the sidewalk and beg strangers for donations? Fill out this form to sign up (club membership required). We are especially in need of drivers. Also join the PSOC THON facebook group
          Rothrockin’ – 9/26 – This 9 am to 4 pm day hike will take you on an 8 mile loop through s! ome of central PA’s most pristine wilderness. Email nab5412@psu.edu to signup, especially if you can drive!
          Mt. Marcy – 10/2-4 – Rick Devery is leading a return expedition to the summit of New York’s highest peak, way up in the Adirondacks. It’s a hard hike, but incredibly gorgeous and rewarding! Email rtd5077@psu.edu to sign up, especially if you can drive.
       Cherry Springs – *tentative* 10/2-3 – I will be leading an overnight camping trip to find the darkest skies east of the Mississippi, and doing a cool day hike that saturday. Dates may vary in order to guarantee clear skies. Email bsv5021@psu.edu to sign up.
          Spring Creek Kayaking Practice – email ajf200@psu.edu for more information about the weekly kayaking practice sessions the Outing Club runs, totally beginner-friendly!
          Climbing at the YMCA – All PSOC members can climb at the State College YMCA for only $3, every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-10 pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 pm. Email outing club’s resident climbing enthusiast Sam DeVries if you need a ride down at sjd5225@psu.edu.
          The West Rim Trail – Ricky Waltz will be leading a trip on this meandering 30 mile loop, at some point th! is fall. This “sister trail” to the Black Forest Trail has many gorgeous views of the Pine Creek Gorge (aka the PA Grand Canyon). Email rww5344@psu.edu for more info.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
          Summer Vacation Photo Contest — We are still excepting entries until 9/22, show us with just how awesome your summer was! Submit your photos here.!
          National Public Lands Day — 9/26 — Participate in this national environmental stewardship celebration by volunteering at Black Mo. In return for a hard day’s work, you’ll get free food, free camping, new friends, and a fun weekend. Pre-registration is required, click here for more information.
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 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 are 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

North Carolina 2009

Organized by: Zach Haas, Jake Catt

The third Thanksgiving trip of Fall 2009 was to Mount Mitchell and areas around it. The trip was originally planned to be ridge hiking, however wintery weather made traversing the mount dangerous and it was decided to change plans and go to Linville Gorge. The gorge was grossly underestimated and proved very challenging at points, most notably a long climb at nearly a 200% grade. The area was plagued by thick clouds, fog, drizzle, rain, and utter dampness. Fortunately all the gear was adequate and no emergencies arose. Other than falling off a cliff in the fog, or getting lost at night, or getting lost during the day in the fog, or trying to cross a freezing river in the rain, or… it was tricky. The group rolled with the challenges and turned out a terrific trip despite setbacks.

Members in Attendance:

  • Zach Haas
  • Jake Catt
  • Tony Hemming
  • Tyler Haas
  • Dave Alleman
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Dan Trew

Colorado 2009

Organized by: Adam Scheletsky

The second Thanksgiving break trip to depart our college campus was a trip to Colorado State Forrest State Park [sic]. The trip consisted of snowshoeing form yurt-to-yurt (Montgomery Pass >> Ruby Jewel >> North Fork Yurt). The difficulty being mainly due to snow-depth and elevation. The weather on the trip was cold with 2 ft of snow, it is 10,000 ft after-all, but the yurts were toasty. Many layers of bacon and clothes made this trip awesome. MSR lightning ascent snowshoes are super bomber, Adam is buying a pair when he gets the money. Adam also forgot the back of the report sheet. As such we have no idea if everyone got along or if there are any dangers, but with no pending lawsuits we assume everyone survived and had a good time.

Members in Attendance:

  • Adam Scheletsky
  • Brandon Scherzberg
  • Rosemarie Scherzberg
  • James Basham
  • Toma Zikatanov

Be an Outdoor School Counselor!

IMG_9008-400x266Penn State students can earn 2 credits by participating in Outdoor School (ODS) as cabin counselors. Returning counselors may advance to become Learning Group Leaders and can earn additional credits. Penn State students may also earn volunteer hours to satisfy community service requirements.

To participate in Outdoor School, Penn State students must first submit an application*. (See the sidebar for application dates and links.) Students who are accepted will be registered for SciEd 140 orRPTM 140, Outdoor School Field Experience for academic credit concurrent with ODS. Counselors attend two required training sessions prior to the start of Outdoor School. Course information and registration materials will be available at these trainings.

More info here: http://shaverscreek.org/penn-state-students/outdoor-school/

Welcome to our new website!

With the new year coming, PSOC is getting a fresh look. We are currently developing a new website that will feature up to date information about meetings, trips, and everything else you need to know about our club. Check back with us as we continue to learn the sites.psu.edu platform and develop the content and structure of our website.

Aaron Dennis
Outreach Chair