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Safety Regulators are Cracking Down on Climbing, and Your Campus Wall May be Effected

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As a historically niche activity, indoor climbing has long flown under the radar when it comes to enforcement of safety regulations. Technically, climbing facility operations like route setting and wall maintenance are held to the same worker safety standards as other industries such as roofing and window washing. But the fact is, governing bodies like the Occupational Safety and Health …

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What is Outdoor Retailer Anyway?

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On my third and final morning at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018, I strolled between booths savoring a maple soft serve cone topped with bacon bits—the outdoor industry version of a nutritious breakfast. I admired a new ultralight daypack and tried not to drip ice cream on it as I scribbled notes with my spare hand. Business as usual. The …

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The Best Group Gear from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018

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Last week’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market exhibited countless gear debuts from thousands of brands. We scoured the show to find the best new and updated gear specifically for collegiate group use and rental fleets. The following items were chosen for their user-friendliness, durability, and straight-up awesomeness. Kelty Late Start Tent The Late Start’s simplified set-up is what sets this new …

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The Best and Worst Free Gear We Got at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

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This week, the College Outside team is taking on the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO. Outdoor Retailer is the largest gathering of the outdoor industry, where thousands of vendors show off their freshest gear to retailers, media, and greedy interns like us. A trade show of this scale means lots of freebies, which we took the liberty of …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: Risk Management

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here. We go outside because it’s fun. But any experienced outdoors-person knows that outdoor adventures can turn from delightful to disastrous in the blink of an eye. As a club leader, you are responsible for acknowledging the risks associated with outdoor recreation, …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: Liability

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here. In April of 2018, The Penn State Outing Club was shut down after university officials deemed the club’s activities as “too risky.” Though PSOC’s safety procedures were effective in preventing incidents and injury, they were not enough to win over administrators …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: A Complete Resource Guide for Student Leaders

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In April of 2018, the Penn State Outing Club was banned from going outside by university administration. In response to the shutdown of one club, College Outside’s goal is to support the growth and development of collegiate organizations nationwide so that every student has the opportunity to go outside. College Outside understands the main issues faced by student leaders, as …

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How to Run an Outdoors Club: The Basics

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How to Run an Outdoors Club is the ultimate guide for student leaders. Check out the full series here.  Conducting a student-run operation to get people outside can be a logistical nightmare. There are leaders and participants to organize, meetings to plan, budgets to manage, not to mention ensuring trips run safely and smoothly (and, you know, going to class). An …

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Penn State Outing Club Shut Down, but the Fight is Far from Over

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On April 10th, the Pennsylvania State Outing Club (PSOC) announced that it would cease to organize student-led trips for the student body in an official disbanding imposed by University administration. The decision, enforced by Campus Recreation, the Office of Student Activities, and the Office of Risk Management, came as a shock to PSOC members and leaders. The story has made …