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