Meeting Minutes – 2/23/16

Hey there folks,

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night, we had a fun meeting and we’re looking forward to some fun trips and events in these next few weeks.


High Peaks in the ‘Dax – A small group of PSOCers made their first foray into mountaineering this past weekend in the Adirondacks. Though they didn’t quite reach the summit of Gothics Peak, they endured high winds and poor visibility as they trudged up thousands of feet in elevation. They’re all determined to go back and finish what was started, and excited to execute more technical mountaineering trips through PSOC.

THON – PSOC FTK was proud to see Taylor Bell and Emily Donahue killin’ it on the BJC floor for 46 hours. There were many happy, silly, sleep-deprived good times after a year of extensive fundraising. One day we will dance in celebration, until then we will dance for a cure!



Kayaking Pool Sessions – 2/24, 7:30-10:30 pm – This pool session is FULL. If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in the safe, comfortable environment of the McCoy Natatorium, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 3/23 and 4/13. All cost $5 to attend, email to sign up.

Frostbite Climbing Competition – 2/27 – Unfortunately, PSOC has no leader for this indoor bouldering competition at the Climbnasium in Mechanicsburg, PA. Email him at if interested in stepping up and taking a group down, and be sure to join the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.

Quehanna Trail – 2/27-28 – Connor McInerney is leading a small crew of hikers to this trail in the remote regions of Elk and Moshannon state forest. Email him at if interested, though the roster is full.

Winter Backpacking 101 – 2/27-28 – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him at to get on the waitlist.

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-person spring break trip. There, we can camp on the beach, traverse rainforests, climb mountains, and immerse into a vibrant culture without leaving the US, all in one week.

Red Moshannon Downriver Race – 3/26 – PSOC is planning to return, at long last, to this race we started way back in 1967. We will be competing for the glory and for the fun, and all experience levels are welcome. If you’d like to compete, send an email to Aaron Fleishman at or Alex Vesey at  Also, try to attend some of the upcoming pool sessions, and join the PSOC Canoe Division facebook page to learn about other opportunities to practice.



Gantz’ Gear Shakedown – 2/24, 7-8pm – Dave Gantz, local backpacking guru and recent Guest Speaker, will be doing an informational session at Appalachian Outdoors, our local outfitter. He is about to embark on a 400-mile hike, and will have everything he plans to take with him, laid out for all question, criticize, and learn from. If you’re looking to learn more about packing for a long distance hike, check it out! He’ll be coming back after the hike to do another similar presentation

TEDxPSU Luncheon – 2/28, 1-2:30pm –  TEDxPSU is looking for intriguing professional/student orgs, clubs, and other groups to share their ideas and goals with our attendees during lunch, which runs from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. This is a great event to gain exposure, recruit future members, and be a part of the TEDxPSU community. If you’re interested in representing the outing club email, as most of the officer board will be occupied with various outdoor excursions.

“Severe Weather” Talk – 2/29, 6:30-7:30 pm – The RPTM society is hosting a National Weather Service speaker on severe weather, in the Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library). If you want to hear from the people who track and chase our nation’s most intense storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, don’t miss this talk!

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online HERE or on Instagram with #psocwinterwonderland.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/11-12, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries.



Check out our website, and join the facebook page for the outing club, our canoe division, the climbing division, and the THON group.

All forms are available here, please bring complete forms into a meeting or arrange a rendezvous with an PSOC officer by replying to this email.

Membership – If you want to become an official member, please come to the next meeting with a completed participation agreement (in pen), and club dues in cash ($30 for year, $20 for one semester). All members must have health insurance, but are no longer required to provide proof.

Safety Officers – Provide scanned copies of your certifications for CPR/AED and First Aid, then turn in the Safety Officer Form. Certifications are only accepted from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Emergency Care and Safety Institute.

Drivers – A) Complete Vehicle Authorization Form, B) Submit and print the Vehicle Authorization Form and have it signed by the vehicle owner (whoever’s name is on the registration) C) Provide scanned copies of your up-to-date Vehicle Registration, Auto Insurance, and Driver’s License.

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