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

In Camping, Club Features, Editorial, Featured, Hiking, News by ZoeGates1 Comment

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 …

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Recipes for a Gourmet 3-Course Camping Meal (via OutThere Colorado)

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By Tasha Heilweil, OutThere Colorado There’s something nostalgic about roasting a hotdog over an open fire with piping hot s’mores for dessert. But you’ll soon find out that the hotdog/s’mores combo is really only good when you’re under the age of 10. You don’t always have to rough it to enjoy a night under the stars. So put down the …

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OutThere Colorado: Leave No Trace this Winter with These Best Practices

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By Meg Atteberry, OutThere Colorado Just because the ground is covered doesn’t mean you can throw Leave No Trace out the window. Mountain ecosystems work overtime to survive in harsh winter weather. Keep your outdoor space pristine this winter with some Leave No Trace know-how. Travel Lightly and Check Your Coordinates Often Winter conditions typically lead to off-trail travel. The …

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Post-Grad Adventures of Indigo Catton on the Pacific Crest Trail

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Have you ever made a crazy, outdoors-related bucket list for yourself? Ever considered actually completing it? The colorful Indigo Catton, University of Pennsylvania grad and Penn Outdoors Club (UPOC) President 2016-2017, is doing just that. Two years ago, I met Indigo on my first Outdoors Club trip. She organized a Sunday morning hike that left campus at 3am to go …

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What to pack for a pre-orientation trip

In Camping, Climbing, Featured, Gear, Hiking, Seasonal by AudreyMorris1 Comment

Pre-orientation trips are so unique because they give everyone access to cool outdoor activities without forcing them to go out and buy every single piece of outdoor group gear ever to come into existence. With the expensive main stuff covered, there are a few personal things that pre-orientation leaders should request all members to bring so everyone is prepared for the …

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The best gear for your pre-orientation trips and rental shop

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Going back to school is always a little bittersweet. It partially means trading in sunny weather and days on the river for sitting in classes listening to lectures while longingly staring out the window at the bluebird sky. But it also means rainless fall weather, winter’s approach (yay skiing!), Halloween, new classes, new friends, the start of another awesome year …