This sorta WILD event was held in late October, at Sand Springs. Sand springs is a nice campsite. It is a great place for a group of any size, you have to get creative with tents and tarps, there a lots of widow makers (aka dead trees) nowadays but you can fit lots of people in the area. The bear bagging trees (there are two viable options in close proximity) are quite high, so give yourself a good hour just to throw the rope. The trail also connects with the MST which is a great option for a day hike, so this is a good place to ‘base camp’. Ii is recommended for overnight trips to park on the access road and not to park at Shingletown Gap. There is an old pair of cross country skis that have been burned in the fire over the last half decade or so, this has nothing to do with the weather but whatever, the weather was ok.
When shopping for the group meal, they didn’t know what to get and were feeling kinda lazy. So they bought two rotisserie chickens, quintuple bagged them, and hiked them into camp. Lets just say that people enjoyed the WEIS quality meat that was offered. However, if you pack in 10 pounds of slow roasted chicken, you’ll get several double takes. Just make sure and bear bag EVERYTHING that the birds made contact with. Believe me, the smell gets EVERYWHERE.
Members in Attendance:
- Dennis Something
- Tom Mrotek
- Samuel Carpenter
- Daniel McIntosh
- Jennifer ??
- Travis ??
- 20 people in all went.
- Kathryn Hegarty
Organized by: Michele Scanze, Kelly McFadden
This single-overnight hiking adventure was a romp through Rothrock State Forest. The trip went out under perfect hiking weather in the early spring. An easter egg hunt was held in the morning of the second day to the joy of all the participants. No one died, and much easter candy was eaten by all.
Members in Attendance:
- Michele Scanze
- Kelly McFadden
- Molly Burbank
- Kate Lalancette
- Helena Kotala
- Rob Justice
- Dan Trew
Organized by: Nick Clabbers, Dan Trew, Ryan Mullins, Rachel Hoh, James Basham
The spring WILD weekend was a great success. Fourteen people total went into the woods to learn the in and outs of organizing, planning, and running awesome PSOC trips.Much fun was had despite the surprisingly chilly weather, however it was all sun. Lots of fun in the sun, and no one died.
Organized by: Dan Trew, Emily Riddle , Rachel Hoh
The Fall WILD event was an amazing time of learning, teaching, and naps lots of naps. Twelve people went out into the woods behind a mountain to practice and gain experience in teaching in the out of doors. All the participants know just about everything there is to know about leading a great trip for the Penn State Outing Club. The weather was just as awesome as the people, with nothing but sunny skies and smiles. Everyone had fun and no one died.
Organized by: Emily Riddle
This competition full of crazy people is another of the few that PSOC actually does. The weather for the ultramarathon was perfect, “a beautiful blue sky amplified the peak fall foliage!” Memories from the trip include:
Witnessing a runner… who will very much be left unnamed.. receive a baton and (in a panicked state) run in the wrong direction.. e.g in the direction from which she just received the baton. It was an absolutely priceless moment… spreading smiles to many faces. =)
- blue sky and peak fall foliage
- rocking out to pump up music in the car between every checkpoint
- very creative checkpoint hand-offs
- running hills of death
- crossing the finish line
- BBQ chicken
So in case you didn’t realize, we ran in the Tussey Ultramarathon… and it was a superb event! Lots of people frolicking through Rothrock forest for 50 miles. We ran two teams so we each person ran with a partner the entire time. Four girls per team… 50 miles split between us.. so essentially a half-marathon a piece. Anyhow, regardless of the distance, it was agreed by all that it was one of the best races any of us had ever ran. A really cool team event. Run this race. Enough said. It is amazing. No one died.
They finished in 7:48:27!
Members in Attendance:
- Catherine Hewlett
- Rachael Hoh
- Jackie Dougherty
- Kate Thompson
- Emily Riddle
Organized by: Dan Trew
The Spring WILD session was a spicy time of happiness wrapped in a burrito of fun and topped with the guacamole of education. The group ventured once again into the wilderness to learn about outdoor leadership. Once there the weather, while chilly, stayed rather nice. All in all everyone had fun and no one died.
A video chronicling the event can be found here: http://www.vimeo.com/21670082
Organized by: Darcy Rose Mckinley Lester
This introduction to backpacking was designed to be a chance for people who never have gone hiking to get an idea of just how awesome it can be. The group left under high spirits and even higher energy, even for 8:30 in the morning. Once they hit the trail it was soon obvious that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary trek. First there was the snow, lots more snow than most had predicted. While it made for awesome pictures it made an even better weapon. A small scale war broke out. The two nations of The Democratic Group That Likes to Throw Snowballs in the Vicinity of Darcy, and The People’s Republic Next to Darcy Who Like Catching Snowballs competed. There are no winners in war. The land is now strewn with unexploded ordinance that only the great hands of time can ever hope to clean. There lies a single unmarked grave where one snowman now resides. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. In time those who fought in this conflict will return to pay their respects to the fallen and mourn their loss. The following are but a few of the pictures recovered. They will forever serve to illustrate to future generations the tale of this trip.
All gave some. These few gave all: