Tag Archives: Black Moshannon

Allegheny Front Trail December 6-7, 2008

Organized by: Ryan Mullins

This multi-day winter hike was intended for the Allegheny Front Trail, but due to many cancelations the day of the trip was shortened to a single overnight near wolf rocks. The trail was covered with a few inches of snow with deeper sections around a foot. The AFT, as always, was a pleasant hike. A miscommunication resulted in one member not having a sleeping bag for the 5 degree weather. All the extra gear was given to this participant, however the night proved too cold and two members were forced to share a sleeping bag. The AFT still stands as one of the best trails around, even in the dead of winter.

Members in Attendance:

  • Ryan Mullins
  • Dan Trew
  • Ben Hardwick
  • Scott Teal

Allegheny Front Trail October 2-4, 2009

Organized by: Dan Trew

This backpacking trip was to the Black Moshannon State Park along the Allegheny Front Trail. The trip consisted of the Southern-half of the trail, moving a clockwise direction. The trip started in darkness and rain but ended in sunlight and cloudlessness. The fall colors were in full tilt on the Allegheny Plateau resulting in beautiful vistas and a wonderful back-drop for hiking. The trip was greatly downsized prior to its departure due to illness and accidents resulting in a large rented gear surplus (namely 4 tents and 5 backpacks). The beginning portion of the trail should not be attempted in darkness. The many rocks and sudden trail changes make traversal hazardous and requires constant blaze-vigilance. The group did not talk much during the actual hiking, however once at camp the group became quite boisterous. All said, it is a great hiking trail and a great trail.

Members in Attendance:

  • Dan “were-wolf that eats people” Trew
  • Brennan “Brenda” Becker
  • Toma “Gypsy” Zikatanov
  • Joe “Don’t you dare close your eyes” Sumereau
  • Jackie “The Girl” Don
  • Greg “geologist that saw it on a special” Smith

Rustic Cabin Camping 2009

Organized by: Dan Trew

This cabin camping trip was in Black Moshannon State Park. The only difficulty of this trip was getting the wood-stove to heat the cabin consistently. It was cold, and it snowed 2 inches during the first night. The cabin was in excellent condition and well maintained with large quantities of wood nearby. There is no running water in the cabin, a small inconvenience but not much more. Many board-games were played as well as card-games. Fun was had by all, no one died. The cabin is moderately priced and well maintained, however it is not suitable for groups larger than 6-7. The cabin is also only available from April until mid-December making Fall semester the only winter option.

Members in Attendance:

  • Ryan Mullins
  • Joe Sumereau
  • Darcy McKinley Lester
  • Dan Trew

Allegheny Front Trail November 12-14, 2010

Organized by: Dan Trew

The semi-annual trip to the Allegheny Front Trail this year went out under a little fairer conditions than the last year. This time there was nothing but stars when the group set out for the south-half of the AFT. The group managed to not get lost at all and spent most of the day hiking along and enjoying the scenery. Much fun was had by and no one died. Also: there was a stellar presentation given on this trip, if you missed it then you are living an incomplete life.

Members in Attendance:

  • Greg Lilik
  • Daniel Gonzalez
  • John Groh
  • Jasmine Smith
  • Nathan Stevens
  • Dan Trew

Rustic Cabin Camping 2010

Organized by Dan Trew

This cabin camping trip revisited the same cabin as last year in Black Moshannon State Park. The only difficulty of this trip was getting there as the ground was covered with snow and ice. It was not that cold, and it snowed very little during the actual weekend but had snowed the day before the trip. The cabin was in excellent condition and well maintained with large quantities of wood nearby. There is no running water in the cabin, a small inconvenience but not much more. Many board-games were played as well asa fun game of charades. Fun was had by all, no one died. The cabin is moderately priced and well maintained with ample game playing space.

Allegheny Front Trail February 13, 2011

Organized by Dan Trew

This adventurous group of peeps ventured forth into the snowy wilds of the Allegheny Front Trail for some winter backpacking. This crazy troop soon learned that the snow was not just snow but death, layered into snow. A thick layer of ice below the first snow layer covered up yet another layer of death snow waiting to consume a person’s foot. The ice would hold initially, but low, it would break sucking your foot into the crystalline fluff making it a bazillion times harder to walk. The group ditched the original 6 miles for the first day and opted for a shorter 3 miles of snowy back road walking. All in all this group of hardy pioneers had a great time and no one died.