Hello All, Tuesday night the outing club met and you should have been there. We heard a guest speaker from the SCA, quite a few trip reports, a wealth of announcements, and even had some members competitively bobbing for apples.
Tuscarora Trail – This leafpeeping overnight began with hangliding ramps, rednecks on motorcycles, and rocks painted rock-color, but by day 2 they found solitude in the wilderness.
Hammersly Wild Area – Under a dusty gray sky, PSOC members enjoyed hoofing it over ridge after ridge in this extremely rural part of Pennsylvania, and jumped into a frigid swimhole at dawn.
Pool Session – Aaron Fleishman himself was jealous as multiple PSOC members hit full 360 rolls, even without a paddle, in whitewater kayaks in the McCoy Natatorium.
Spring Creek – after practicing in the pool, several boats hit the local whitewater hole in Spring Creek near Bellefonte the following morning.
Lil’ Juniata – With Wet wetter hitting most of the state, Cherry Springs was again postponed, this time in favor of a scenic day hike in southwest Rothrock SF. PSOCers enjoyed scenic vistas and found a baby snake.
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.
Cherry Springs – 11/6-7 – We will be camping where the skies are incredibly dark, doing some stargazing and a little hiking too. After being postponed several times due to weather, I am confident it will be clear skies this time. This trip is full, but email email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
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 sign up, they are especially in need of drivers!
Rothrock Virgins – 11/6-8 – Pat Thornton will be leading a crew of beginner backpackers into Rothrock on some favorite local trails. Anyone looking for a chill weekend of hiking should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to get involved.
Wild Women – 11/13-14 – Annabel Drayton will be leading a beginners, all-girls backpacking trip around bear meadows and “the moon rocks” in Rothrock SF. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to for more info. One final fall session is scheduled for 12/9.
Kayak Practice Sessions at Spring Creek – These will occur weekly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to sign up.
PSOC Thon is busy crafting greeting cards and parachord bracelets, being sold to benefit THON.
THON 5K – 11/7 @ 11/30– Our Thon group will be meeting up with our THON child at the creamery before taking a leisurely 5-kilometer stroll around campus with hundreds of other students and THON families. Be Sure to register onlinefirst, All proceeds directly benefit THON.
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– 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
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– being involved in a community of outdoors-people at Penn State!
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