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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

Old Logger’s Path September 4-7, 2009

Organized by: Joe Moran

The first official trip of the 2009 Fall semester was held in Tiadaghton State Forrest along the Old Logger’s Path Trail. The hike was clockwise starting at night in Masten, an abandoned logging town, and completed the entire trail. The trail was marked by a few very significant elevation changes, but overall was an excellent trail system. Early sections of the trail proved to slightly over-grown and prickly, though this was short-lived. The weather was perfect, highs in the 70′s and lows in mid 50′s. In the prospect of the perfect weather the group elected to not bring any tents and instead sleep on tarps. The food brought was pasta, instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, chicken, eggs, and a large quantity of other foods. There was an excellent amount of food resulting in very little left over at the end of the trip and the portions were very generous. The end of the hike was marked by a stay at the legendary water-hole along the path. The entire group ventured forth into the frigid waters, and many members participated in a an early morning “polar bear swim.” The group was cheerful and cooperated well, old friends and new all around.

Members in attendance:

  • Joe Moran
  • Dan Trew
  • Diana Zahuranec
  • Molly Burbank & Tuffy
  • Roozbeh Foroozan
  • Kelly McFadden
  • Ben Hardwick
  • Rich Schatz
  • Emily Riddle
  • Pamela Lin

Allegheny River 2009

Organized by: Mike Szedlmayer

The first water-born trip of the 2009 Fall semester was held on the Allegheny River from Kinzua Dam to Indian Waters Outfitters. The trip was reportedly very easy and appropriate for all levels of skill. The less-than-favorable weather at the stat caused a small delay, but the trip ended on a sunny note. There was adequate food, however the kayaks were mediocre (Indian Waters Outfitters is not recommended for a return trip). The water in the Allegheny was dirty and packing in water is recommended if possible. The group was a good mix of core members and new people that got along. A final note: Don’t forget a spatula.

Members in Attendance:

  • Mike Szedlmayer
  • James Basham
  • Kelly McFadden
  • Roozbeh Foroozan
  • Eric Schmidt
  • Molly Burbank
  • David Semple
  • Emily Donner
  • Stephanie Vliet

ACA Canoe/Kayak Collegiate Championship 2009

Organized by: Brian Brosius

This was the second annual attendance of the Penn State Outing Club at the ACAC/KCC. PSOC placed 5th, and not out of 5. We received a certificate which is “on file” with The President. The trip was easy and requires no experience. The weather misbehaved and decided to be everywhere from 35-80 degrees with some sun and some rain. Overall the trip was a good time, no one died, everyone got along. Food of note: Apple Cinnamon Bagels with Hamburgers. Next year’s race will be in Western North Carolina.

Members in Attendance:

  • Brian Brosius
  • Rohit Gandrakota
  • Darcy McKinley Lester
  • Stephen Meckler
  • Megan Murphy
  • Rich Schatz
  • Kurt Smithgall

WILD Fall 2009

Organized by: Nick Clabbers, Kelly McFadden, Zach Haas, Danielle Gruen, Dan Trew

WILD (Wilderness Instructional Leadership Development) was reorganized this year, but was held in the same spirit as always. Those in attendance participated in sharing their backcountry knowledge, including both soft and hard skill sets. The weather was dead set to wash-out all of us, heavy flooding turned many trails into streams ankle-deep or more. The group was awesome and after opening up flourished. Many games were played and delayed departure for a few hours. Large groups are unwieldy and it is recommended that they be broken up for easier handling.

Members in attendance:

  • Nick Clabbers
  • Kelly McFadden
  • Zach Haas
  • Dan Trew
  • Zach Orban
  • Rebecca Baker
  • Kerry Brunner
  • Scott Campbell
  • Colin Carey
  • Jake Catt
  • Alex Devaux
  • Chris Grigas
  • Rachel Hoh
  • Noura Jebara
  • Helena Kotala
  • Pamela Lin
  • Nick Loew
  • Chris McCartney
  • Anne Sheldrake
  • Justin Shultz
  • Alie Treciak
  • Julia Vadas

Everglades 2009

Organized by: Kelly McFadden, Joe Moran

The first Thanksgiving Break trip to depart, this trip explored the wonders of the Everglades National Park. The trip had varying degrees of difficulty depending on the current. As would be expected the weather was warm (80 degrees) and sunny, however it being Florida the weather was also unpredictable at times (high winds and downpours). All the perishable food perished within the first 3 days and large dry-bags were required to keep water-sensitive equipment safe and dry. The trip went smoothly. Note: many notes to follow.

  • Long-term weather forecasts are unreliable for Florida
  • it is suggested that perishable food be purchased in Florida to minimize spoilage
  • lots of bugs
  • bare feet = cut feet
  • sun = sun burn
  • Campsites in Everglades National Park must be reserved in person at the visitor center less than 24 hours before arrival at camp

Members in Attendance:

  • Nick Clabbers
  • Adam Cota
  • Brian Kocher
  • Pamela Lin
  • Thaddeus Line
  • Kelly McFadden
  • Joe Moran
  • Ed Wilson-Ewing

Spring Creek Cleanup 2010

Organized by: Nick Clabbers

The annual spring creek cleanup was held on April 10 this year. Although there was no picnic and lime-green shirts this year, the same fun was still had. Every year PSOC flies down spring creek from TMO to Milesburg, picking trash from the banks and making everything cleaner overall. This year was a little chilly, starting temps were low 40s, but the bright sun warmed up the intrepid cleaners with great zeal. Great fun was had by all the participants, even those who went for a swim. One might even say they had the most fun, one might indeed. As per the usual strange things were recovered from the creek. The most notable items being a trike, stereo, several tires, and battery that unfortunately fell out of a canoe and now resides somewhere in the creek. This year’s haul overall was less than last year’s, meaning the creek may be getting cleaner. No one died, watch out for meth labs.

Members in Attendance:

  • Nick Clabbers
  • Dan Trew
  • Frannie Root
  • Steve Meckler
  • Joe Sumereau
  • Christina Ferry
  • Kristin Garrity
  • James Basham
  • Sarah Luchner
  • Greg Lilik
  • Michelle Christensen
  • Rachel Hoh
  • Tyler Haas
  • Mike Collins
  • Kate Lalancette
  • Becca Baker
  • Julia Vadas

Old Logger’s Path October 1-3, 2010

Organized by: Cat Hewlett, Matt Schmidt

This backpacking trip to the far reaches of the Tiadaghton State Forrest went out under great weather and even better attitudes. The trail chosen for this adventurous group was the Old Logger’s Path. Leaving late in the afternoon the group only got lost a few times on the way to the trial head, as the usual road to the trail was closed by a landslide. The group stayed the night at the trail head and departed in the morning for adventures unknown. The weather remained constantly amazing throughout the trip, only sunshine and smiles the whole way. Only two members of this intrepid group braved the cold and near flood levels to go swimming on the final day. As is with many trips that the outing club does, a phrase defines the weekend. This phrase was sensual. Don’t ask. Everyone had fun, and no one died.

Members in Attendance:

  • Cat Hewlett
  • Matt Schmidt
  • Dan Trew
  • John Groh
  • Lisa Hines
  • Sean Meadows
  • Sara Mueller
  • Jack Shepard

Quehanna October 24, 2010

Organized by: Ed Wilson-Ewing

This stunning conclusion to a trip that began over a year ago was an ‘a’ adjective that means really cool. The weather was nearly perfect for the hike. Only a small drizzle was experienced on the second day, and even that was only a few minutes. The moon provided illumination for the night-hiking that the group frequently participated in. The trail itself proved to be a bit of a challenge, with many ups and downs with a few miles thrown in for good measure. The group took this and turned it, making a great time with the perfect weather and lots of physical activity. The consumed meals were amazing, starting with a stop at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub for some pre-trip dinner and ending on home-made chili on tortillas. Much thanks to James, who is a pro. Wildlife sightings were plentiful on the road, mostly elk and a few dear, and rare on the trail, turkeys and a few pheasants. People should be aware that everyone had fun, and no one died.

Members in Attendance:

  • Ed Wilson-Ewing
  • James Basham, Pro
  • Renee Fledderman
  • Joe Moran
  • Emily Riddle
  • Alie Treciak
  • Dan Trew

Neusiok Trail North Carolina– Thanksgiving Break 2010

Organized by: Joe Moran

This relaxed trip to “the beach” took place over the 2010 Thanksgiving Break. The crew left a little later than expected due to a map confusion and a utter mistrust of GPS technology, however the group did eventually leave for the great Atlantic Ocean. Upon arrival the group decided to take a break and sleep for a few hours on the visitor center lawn. After the brief nap they spent the day on the beach, running around in the ocean, and playing with lacquered wood balls. The next few days were spent on the trial, or board walk, or road, or whatever the forest service calls the thing you hike on. Baring the occasional fly-over by Marine Harriers and the never-ending road, the group had an awesome time sleeping on the beach and in shelters. The super-chill nature of the trip provided adequate time for the group to bond, and friends were made all around. For more details ask one of the people who went, as the trip cannot be fully expressed in this trip report. Everyone had an awesome time and no one died, also Joe took great pictures.

Members in Attendance:

  • Joe Moran
  • Dan Trew
  • Dave Himes
  • Sean Meadows
  • Bethany Johns
  • Tom Johnston