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adidas TERREX: Saving the World One Shoe at a Time

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All this talk about climate change and pollution can be overwhelming. Hearing about shrinking icebergs and the poor polar bears, unpredictable weather threatening skiing (among other slightly less important things like wildfires or floods), contamination of land and water, and the fact that our government doesn’t recognize that it exists, all makes me want to curl up in a ball …

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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 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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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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Outdoor Nation Cancels Campus Challenge

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On April 27th, Outdoor Nation announced in an email to partners and supporters of the organization that it will discontinue the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge beginning in the fall of 2018. The month-long Campus Challenge, which ran every fall from 2014-2017, was popular among outdoor programs across the country. The initiative, described on the Outdoor Nation website as “a Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness …