Meeting Minutes – 1/26/16

Sorry for the tardiness, this week’s outing club meeting minutes are a little late due to an error on my part. Nonetheless, we had a great meeting last week in which Ed Chiang won the infamous nalgene chug contest by drinking a liter of water in less than a minute. Our next meeting is tomorrow (2/2) at 8pm in 254 HHD, where Mike Hermann, local cartographer and founder of Purple Lizard Maps, will be appearing as our guest speaker. Come on out to hear about his fascinating process, ask him any lingering questions, or blame him for that time you got lost.


Cold MiLK IV – This past MLK weekend, a dozen PSOCers enjoyed 20-odd miles of the scenic Chuck Keiper Trail near Renovo, PA. The group enjoyed the serene solitude of the winter forest, and kept warm around the campfire every night

Fall Foliage Forty-Four Mile Foto Funtest – Congratulations to Kenrick Dacumos, Sam Anawalt, and Tim Hackett who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize in this photography competition. Our new winter photo competition is now live online, read more for details

Kayak Pool Session – This past Wednesday, PSOC held its first whitewater kayaking pool session of the semester at the McCoy Natatorium. Several new paddlers practiced kayaking basics and learned to do a barrel roll for the first time. Future sessions will occur this spring, see below!


Breezewood Tunnels – 2/6 – PSOC is venturing to explore a 13-mile section of abandoned PA Turnpike highway, which includes several tunnels through mountains. Email Nick Bermudez to signup.

Cherry Springs – 2/13-14 – PSOC is officially returning to the site of man! y a cancelled trip, where the deep rurality offers supreme nighttime sky-viewing. Email Ricky Waltz at

Winter Backpacking 101 – “mid February” – Aaron Fleischmann is looking to show some beginner backpackers how to stay warm and happy in the cold local wilderness. Email him to signup, he is especially in need of a co-leader.

Kayaking Pool Sessions – If you’re looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking in safe, comfortable environment of an indoor pool, or are already an experienced paddler looking just to practice and play around, future pool sessions occur 2/24, 3/23, and 4/13

Puerto Rico – 3/6-12 – PSOC is pleased to announce this 10-perso! n 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. Email Nate Moorman at if interested.


Mike Hermann of Purple Lizard Maps – 2/2, 8 pm – PSOC is pleased to announce that we will be bringing this esteemed cartographer to our next meeting in 254 HHD building. Come on out for short talk and some Q&A.

Winter Photo Contest – Now Open for entries! Want to show off some cool photos taken this winter? Enter online on the PSOC website.