Meeting Minutes – 3/22/16

Hello, thanks to everyone who made it to the PSOC meeting last night. We enjoyed a thrilling Trashketball Tournament, where the winner took home a vintage PSOC Whitewater beverage koozy.


Prycl’s Clinic – This past Saturday, a small crew of PSOCers woke up hella early to spend a day on kayaks in the Loyalhanna Creek near Latrobe, PA. There they participated in a free whitewater kayaking clinic hosted by Jeff Prycl, central PA’s whitewater guru. They enjoyed a mixture of type one and two fun, and all learned a lot despite cold temps.


Pool Session #3 – 3/23, 7:30-10:30 pm –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, email to sign up. A future pool session will occur on 4/13, all cost $5 to attend.

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, it’s not too late to register, but contact Aaron Fleishman at or Alex Vesey at as quickly as posssible. 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.

Tube n’ Chill – 4/2 – Nick Bermudez is taking a crew for a leisurely float in the sun, assuming there is sun. Let him know if you wanna go, drivers are especially in need!

Climbing with Pat and Friends – 4/1-2 – PSOC’s own treasurer is leading a weekend climbing adventure somewhere! I’m really not sure of the details so just ask him at and be sure to join thePSOC Climbing Division Facebook Group

Pine Creek Gorge Paddle&Camp – 4/15-17 – I am pleased to announce PSOC’s first overnight paddling expedition in quite some time. After some friday-night car camping, we’ll float all day saturday, camp riverside that night, and paddle out on sunday. Email me at if interested, the trip roster will be set in stone this Thursday!

The Punishment Hike – Ricky Waltz will be leading an unnecessarily difficult weekend of backpacking in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest. If you’re up for some type 2 fun, send him an email at

Cherry Springs, Again – Aprilish – Nick Bermudez is picking up the Cherry Springs baton, and hopefully this time the weather will cooperate. Email him at if interested, the date will remain flexible as weather forecasts change.


Free U: Paddling the Grand Canyon – 3/23, 7pm – Appalachian Outdoors is hosting a free presentation from Jeff Brugler, who will be talking about his recent three-week expedition paddling the Colorado River.

Merrell Shoes Demo Day – 3/26, 9am-5pm – Come out to Appalachian Outdoors, where a representative from Merrell Shoes will be offering custom fittings and allowing you to take the shoes out of the store and try them out.

Banff Mountain Film Festival – 4/8-9, 7pm – Come out to the State theatre to see the world’s best mountain films! This festival features many incredible outdoor documentaries. PSOC will likely be hosting a table there to get the word out, so email President Moorman at if interested in helping us out with that.

Climbing @ the YMCA – Every Thursday 8-10 pm, Friday 7-9pm, and Sunday 3:30-5:30 – Come on down to the local YMCA and practicing your climbing or learn how to belay. Costs $5, or $3 for PSOC members. If you need a ride, or want to offer a ride to some landlocked underclassmen, Check out the PSOC Climbing Division Facebook Page.

PSOC Officer Elections – 4/12, 8pm – PSOC will be electing new officers for the 2016-2017 academic year. Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Outreach Chair, Fresh Historian, Canoe Division Chair, and a Climbing Division Chair. If interested in running, be sure to talk to the current officer in the position your considering. Next meeting (3/29) each officer will be offering a description of what their duties include.

PSOC THON Officer Elections – 4/12, 9pm – PSOC’s THON Group will also be holding officer elections in the “meeting after the meeting” on that same day. Position include THON Chair, Family Relations Chair, Alternative Fundraising Chair, and two Merchandise/Canning Chairs. Once again, talk to the officers if you’re interested in running.