Wednesday, January 30, 2013

POC POC POC

Hey there all you Winter Waffles,

POC had another great meeting last night and much fun was had by all.

We talked about a couple things going on in the upcoming week.

First off, Thursday Josh and I are holding a rappelling and ascending workshop at the climbing wall for POC members. This workshop will include prusiking, single rope rappelling, double rope rappelling, using ascenders, and other various skills that are considered standard for climbers.

We had mentioned at the meeting that we would also be doing a navigation workshop this Friday but we have decided that will be a bit much for this week. Preparation for that workshop will involve a bit more preparation on our part if anyone will get anything out of it. Therefore we are thinking of pushing this back until at least next week. Any thoughts are welcome.

On Sunday we will be going to play laser tag at Laser Storm. It is ladies night on Sunday so girls only pay $3.00 per game. Guys will pay $6.00 per game (or a little less if you play a couple rounds). They are open from 7pm - 10pm so we will shoot for this time. POC will not be covering the entry fees or transportation. We will have a couple cars but if more people want to come we will need more drivers (with cars) (with spinner rims) (with I <3 LAZERS bumper stickers).
Link to sign up:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuUKHSA7sYc5dGNOM2JXTXlrZmRxdks4eVVZUFU0Vmc
Link to the Laser Storm website: http://www.laserstorm.org/contacts.htm

Lastly, David Uber is holding some pool sessions soon for anyone interested in learning the ropes of white water kayaking. The pool sessions will be Feb 10, Feb 24, and March 24. These are all Sundays from 9AM to noon.
Sign up here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuUKHSA7sYc5dFZJMWZ2bjFoNXhKVWNwd3JfY2NVQkE

If anyone has any questions, concerns, ideas, harassments, exciting stories, not exciting stories, or anything of that nature let us know via email.

Farewell,
Alex

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

POC: The Weekly Update

Hello all fellow outsidites,

We are officially launching a new semester with the Outdoors Club and it's going to be awesome! This semester we will be going caving, ice climbing, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, white water kayaking, ice skating laser tagging, movie watching, Oakland stomping, hot chocolate drinking, law breaking, van driving, and much much more!

First, if you are new to the club you must sign a waiver and pay dues before you can go on any trips. The waivers can be found online at pittoutdoors.com, at office hours, or at the meetings. The dues for one semester are $10. This will cover transportation, lodging, and no-cost rental gear from the club for almost all of our trips.

More importantly, this weekend is going to allsome! On Friday, the lovely Madelyn Kasula will be leading us on a (slightly) impromptu trip to the Schenley ice skating rink to enjoy the quick, thick, and always slick Mr. Winter "Can't Stand On Me" Ice. We will be meeting at the ice rink at 9:30 for "adult time." The costs to skate will be the responsibility of you and not the club.

More info: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/schenley_skating_rink.htm#sessions

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend we will be heading down to Franklin, West Virginiia for some caving and (possibly) snowshoeing. We will be leaving Saturday morning and coming home Sunday night. If you have any questions about this trip email Jordi Vogt (jav47@pitt.edu). You can sign up using our new system of online signups through this link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuUKHSA7sYc5dElta0g4VVJVYXh6ckdsZS1nd1R3S1E

Anyone who wants to drive a car, we could probably fit an extra 4-5 people in the cabin so that is a possibility. There is a place for this on the signup sheet. If you sign up, more details will be sent out later this week.

Also this week on Thursday at 7PM Joshua Cooomberland (I'll be there too if he's not enough for you) will be holding a top-roping workshop at the climbing wall for POC members. The climbing wall is in Trees hall. This is the first workshop in a series of winter workshops on whatever the hell we want to teach and you guys want to learn.

Anyway, in the spirit of keeping things long and drawn out I'd like to welcome all new members to the club. If you have any questions at all let me know (ajq3@pitt.edu).

Keep it interesting, keep it guessing, and above all keep it outdoors,
Alex Quinn

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