High Peaks Region, Adirondacks, NY 2007

Organized by: Julie Sutsko

This frigid trip to the Adirondacks took place during the 2007 Thanksgiving break. The Adirondacks were covered with snow during the group’s adventure and while was mostly sunny the temperatures were not above freezing. The first night the group spent in the wild the temperature plummeted to below zero causing various butts to be frozen. Other misadventures included: frozen boots, salami water, eating snow, wild snow leopards loose from the Adirondack zoo, sketchy lake crossings, the Loj, too many Clif Bars, frozen food (all of it), crossing Marcy Dam, one group climbing Mt. Algonquin, and of course the penis cards(?). Despite the seemingly horrible conditions the group had a blast of a trip. If any groups are wanting to revisit the area they should plan to avoid the cold season but if you do go in the cold seasons, be prepared. Gaiters, insulated waterproof boots, and adequate sleeping gear are all MUSTS. Fun was had by all, and no one died.

Members in Attendance:

  • Julie Sutsko
  • Lauren Reed
  • Johnson Martin
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Nick Clabbers
  • Zack Haas
  • Brian Sabri
  • Amanda Morrow
  • Brian Newman
  • Brooke Osborne
  • James Basham

Puerto Rico 2007

This legendary trip to Puerto Rico is one of the most amazing trips PSOC has done in the past ten years. HOLY AMAZING WEATHER BATMAN!!!  The trip had some occaisonal bouts of rain, like 4 people cuddling under a two person tarp kind of nights,  but this is normal for peurto rico.  It was amazing!!  just plan for wet and warm but bring some changes of things. A sample of the things that make this just trip legendary:

 

  • Making reservations at a Hostel for ‘David’ completely in spanish, having never taking a single spanish lesson and actually having the rooms be there when you arrive!!!!!
  • Franz climbing a tree (very safely, obviously) to shake the branches in order to drop oranges to eat.
  • Getting to the top of El Yunce.
  • Meeting the North Carolina basketball team on tour.
  • The boat that almost exploded on its way to the island Culebra.
  • The crazy pseudo expatriates that rented out stolen bicycles.
  • Some of the best snorkeling.
  • Sleeping on one of the worlds top 50 beaches.

 

Even when it is winter in the states it’s very warm in Peurto Rico. So plan to either stash your winter clothes in the states or carry everything with you.  You also have to prepare EVERY leg of transportation before you go as Buses, Faries and cabs don’t always arrive on time, at all, or even work to begin with. Oh! oh! oh! and get the ‘pan de le something’ its bassicaly fried bread with butter, very good! and very good for hiking.

 

(lucky) Members in Attendance:

  • Adam “my stomach is gonna digest itself” Sheletsky
  • Brynn “haha” Biddle
  • Kathryn “safety officer” Hegarty
  • Daniel “speak spanish” McIntosh
  • Franz “yeah right” Lichtner
  • Sam “entiendamendaoamoes” Carpenter

Laurel Highlands Trail May 16-18, 2008

Organized by: Zach Haas

This backpacking adventure took place in the Laurel Highlands in mid-May, a season notorious for mixed weather. The group was fortunate in this regard, only receiving rain once and not for the whole trip. Mid-May is also the time that rhododendrons begin to bloom, as the group can attest. The trail itself proved easy for the group despite the treacherous looking elevation profile. A word to any group that chooses to do this hike in the future: reserve the shelters.

Members in Attendance:

  • Zack Haas
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Weina Ge
  • Prabhasa Ravikirthi
  • Roozbeh Foroozan
  • Mike Szedlmayer

Laurel Highlands Trail November 7-9, 2008

Organized by:

Zack Haas Nick Clabbers

This late season backpacking trip to the Laurel Highlands was overwhelmed by a large group of Boy Scouts. The scouts consumed most of the shelters forcing the group to make due outside with interesting results. The weather for the trip was cool, but overnight showers moved in on the shelterless group making things… interesting. Advice to future trips: make reservations for shelters in advance, watch out for goats, and don’t lose the hummus.

Members in attendance:

  • Zack Haas
  • Nick Clabbers
  • Kaitlin Pope
  • Jesse Hein
  • Tony Hemming
  • Rob Justice
  • Sarah Gettel
  • Noah Johnson
  • Andrew Kinsey
  • Natalie Kovac
  • Pam Lin
  • Joe Moran
  • Zach Orban
  • Diana Zahuranec
  • Anne Sheldrake
  • Amber Slike
  • Sam Roesemann

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