Tuesday, September 23, 2014

POC, NRG, SSS, and all the other acronyms you know you love!

Rock Climbing's fun, caving is too. NRG this weekend? Yes that means YOU!!! Can't forget hiking, that would be sad, and Ohiopyle rafting, it's gonna be rad! Most important of all, what you might think? Secret Sandwich Society, with good food and good drink. How do I sign up, where do I go? The link comes up later, so look out below!

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back for another riveting installment of The POC Meeting Minutes (vol. 2, issue 4 "Return of the NRG") Yes that's right folks, this weekend we will be making the long, arduous journey to the mountainous landscape known as West Virginia. Some of you won't survive the trip, but with strength in numbers, I'm expecting at least 9 people to make it through. Here's the activity breakdown for the NEW RIVER GORGE:

Climbing: For those of you who frequently enjoy getting high
Hiking: For those who like to stay on the on the ground (not above it, nor below)
Caving: For all of you who like to go down and get dirty
(It's been rumored bouldering could happen as well for those who like to get a little high)

The link can be found by deciphering the following clues:
1) It's at the bottom
2) Check the bottom
If these are stumping you, try this riddle:
What is a different color than the other text, and is at the bottom

For the people with rocks in their heads, you need to meet with Joey (Tradmaster) DeShane at Trees hall and have a climbing workshop. You must show up to one before the trip. If you have completed one for a prior trip you're all good. jad186@pitt.edu

Get your gear here. Free to members. Who passes up free gear? Or maybe that's beer, but that's beside the point. If you need a lightweight, portable home or a synthetic, human cocoon you should get in touch with slackline extraordinaire Dom(nomnomnomnom)onic and schedule a meeting time to rent these items for the outrageous price of nothing. We will be providing all the other gear you need such as wall walking shoes and the newest fashion of headwear and belts. The only thing we WILL NOT be bringing is food for you, so make sure to pack some or starve (cue dramatic music with the "dun dun DUUUNNNNN" sound) He's also the man with a bouldering plan, so if that sounds like your cup of tea, talk with Dom.

Also occurring this weekend will be the Venture Outdoors Ohiopyle Rafting Trip, or the VOORT for short. Caroline will be heading that project which will leave earlier Saturday morning. The signups for that are also below.

Frisbee people rejoice, a doodle has been created so that we can establish some times to play within the club. Please respond to this doodle if you would be interested in playing. http://doodle.com/y8vs89tgdx6br6hd

News flash: For those of you who are very sad that Connor Martin's Tacopalooza is over, fret not. It will be coming round the mountain again next Tuesday, and the Tuesday after that, and the one after that, and the one after that … so on and so forth until the end of time (aka the end of the semester) So, if you're hungry at 8pm on Tuesdays, we can Tacommodate you.

Finally, our special events chair Sara Geary is asking that anyone who wants to skydive can email her at seg78@pitt.edu to discuss the cost and details.

NRG: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xSE45lrbgj-CgWbjeS6DWDtbBV0Rj6tp6WDP7ZNy2I8/edit?usp=sharing

VO Rafting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ThqPm7pW4goHCGnjwQpGaravZTHNx-qg7y9GMrDgn0o/edit?usp=sharing

I leave you with one of the most inspirational, heart wrenching, and serious quotes I've ever heard in a movie. "I am Groot" --- Groot

That's all for tonight everyone, thanks a bundle.
Nick Penatzer

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Give Me Meeting Minutes or Give Me Death (or Tacos)

IT'S TUESDAY (sorry I got busy, it's now Wednesday)!!! That means:
a) This is the Outdoors Club Meeting Minutes
b) Tacos were sold at discount prices
c) A Mr. Ferland discussed awesome nature stuff at the WPU
d) All of the above

If you chose d, then that means you and the other 2999 people getting this email have one common interest, and that ladies of the lakes and men of the mountains is the Pitt Outdoors Club (and possibly beer).

This past weekend was our day climbing trip to the lost crag as well as our Venture Outdoors bike ride. The Lost Crag kept to its name by disorienting some of our members, and though it was a bit of a moist morning, the afternoon was breezy and beautiful. The bike ride also had some sun and those looking for the feel of two wheels really enjoyed themselves.

CAUTION! Click at your own risk: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Amnw0IX9T8fRhM-gkLZSGQ14H69tqSxV-NN64zOakxc/edit#gid=0

Why you ask? Because once you go climbing, you'll be addicted, and possibly feel the need to put the woods before work on your priorities list. Because we had such a humdinger (it's a word) of a good time this weekend, our resident rock man Joey (mountain man) DeShane has decided to hold another day trip to Breakneck Rocks this weekend. Also, this is a good chance to ask him all of your fungus based questions. We found out last week this guy knows his shrooms.

Back to the future future, in two (count'em two) weeks, we will be taking our second large trip of the semester to THE NEW RIVER GORGE!!!!!!!!!!! We will have hiking, climbing, doing water stuff, tenting, food (if you bring it), merriment, hopefully no rain, West Virginia scenery, an incredibly large bridge, and friends who love nature. While this is all amazing, those who have gone before know there is an extra, hush-hush, and undisclosed reason to go on this trip. I'm discussing the SSS here people. While an SOS is a cry for help, the SSS is a cry for the most delicious sandwiches you may have ever had. One could even say that its practically a society of sorts. We'll keep you posted.

For those interested in climbing, Joey DeShane will be holding more climbing workshops next week so stay tuned for that.

I was asked by our special events chair, Sara Geary, to post this link for information on the free-fall of the fall semester. Sara plans on taking a group skydiving probably sometime in October, so if you are interested, this has some info you might like to see. http://skydivepa.com/

Also for those of you who want to join us for some healthy exercise tossing around a circular piece of plastic, we are trying to get people to play ultimate certain days of the week. We will add a survey to the Facebook soon enough to poll you about what times would be good so keep up to date on that.

Finally, come to Connor Martin's Taco Tuesdays at Q'Doba and enjoy tacos that your stomach and wallet can both probably agree with.

Stay outdoorsy my friends,

Yours Forever (or until I graduate), Nick

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Did Someone Say Meeting Minutes?

Did Someone Say Meeting Minutes?

Hey all you nature lovers from another mother. Yes it's that time of the week where you've been anxiously awaiting the sign-ups for some of our awesome activities. You just need to navigate all the questionable grammar, bad jokes, and amazing updates we are slinging your way.

First up: OHIOPYLE WAS LA BOMBA (that happens to be Spanish for freaking awesome). Many enjoyable memories were made, people really (and I mean really) got to know each other [mostly due to the disproportionate number of tents to people (tents<<<people)] and despite the rain, we partied on and there was even one sketchy game of ultimate frisbee. If you still have gear, BRING IT BACK!!! It may seem illogical but we might actually need to use it again. Contact Gear the Dom-master at dnm32@pitt.edu.

Next up, like meat? How about meat in a giant folded nacho. Well, if the thought appeals to you then step right up for Connor Martin's Taco Tuesday (Extravaganza) every Tuesday night at 8pm, yes 8pm only 1 pm sooner than our 9pm meetings. Remember, tacos always taste better when they're cheaper on Tuesday (unless you want a burrito, but that's just wrong). Meet other Mexican food lovers and chill at Q'doba with the macho (nacho) members of this great club. Have a question? Taco-bout it with the Taco twin at cjm151@pitt.edu

What's that? A bird, a plane, a UFO? NOOOO! It's a Frisbee and a few of us will be playing ultimate (or just catch depending on how many of you show up, seriously come out and play) on the Pete lawn at 2:30 till 4 pm tomorrow (or today, Wednesday, depending on when this email goes out). Come get to know some of us a little better and enjoy a little friendly competition.

Now onto the part you guys were actually waiting for. We know many of you are addicted to the rock already and we have your fix. This Saturday the club will be taking a day trip to Breakneck Rocks (such an inspiring name). To come on this trip our climbing chair Joey (baby kangaroo) DeShane is holding intro to climbing sessions where he or Grady Martin (our Co-climbing chair and Twin to the Taco Chair) will be teaching you the basics of climbing, i.e. how to belay, tie knots, be safe, cook bacon, etc, you know, just the essentials. To come onto the trip you must come to one of the sessions listed below:

Tuesday 5-8 (already happened)
Wednesday 7-10
Thursday 4-10
Friday 2-7

The sessions shouldn't be more than half an hour but why up and run when you can spend time with these two guys. Joey: jad186@pitt.edu & Grady: gtm12@pitt.edu

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Come out and feel that two wheel freedom as we bike with venture outdoors through ________ at _________o'clock (I wasn't given specifics, we will let you know). Also, one of our members who works at the OTB Bicycle Café has recommended afterward that we stop in, pop a squat, and order some food once we are finished.

What gets you on one of these awesome trips and rhymes with sink? The link of course. Signups can be found right here---------> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VXacYLcjGA Just kidding. They are actually, right…


Climb: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14MT9O_1BfAUsFovNU6-DvWIurtrb4R3N8SgQYwJ2hnw/edit#gid=0
Bike: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ThqPm7pW4goHCGnjwQpGaravZTHNx-qg7y9GMrDgn0o/edit#gid=0

I leave you with this my good friends, fellow members, and very brief acquaintances. What you have received is very powerful, but remember that with great power comes great responsibility.

Over & Out,
Nick Penatzer

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


WHATS UP EVERYBODY!!!!!:)!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!HI!!!!!!

If you're getting this email it means one thing, you have a hankering to get down and dirty with the outdoors club {How could you not? [We are the best club on campus (Yeah POC)]} This is the first official email for the club this semester and its chock full of outdoorsy goodness.
SOOOOOOO, onto all the important happenings in this happening club.

First and foremost OHIOPYLE IS THIS WEEKEND (5th, 6th, and 7th) WOOOOO. This is our grand kickoff for the year and is a great place to make friends and find your faction. Like to crawl up a rock face with nothing but your bare hands (and climbing shoes)? Join the other rock loving people around you and climb away. For all of you H2O lovers out there, come join the water people as we raft down the mighty Yough. And finally, all you weary wanderers (I think that's a word) come hike around this majestic park and take some stellar pics while you're at it. Don't want to be held down by the shackles of a faction, then try something new on a future trip.

On a serious note, Hiking, Climbing, and Rafting (oh my) this weekend at Ohiopyle. You don't need to have any legitimate prior experience, so don't be afraid to sign up. Also we have all the technical/safety gear you will need. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVEN'T PAID DUES & FILLED OUT A WAIVER YOU CAN'T JOIN US ON ANY TRIPS, but if you satisfy those two requirements in the future you can.
I have posted the link to the signups somewhere in this email, so may the odds be ever in your favor for finding it and making the cut. (HINT: Its right here  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vXPXQ-eOBvIZpBSO5OFLKsif3pS6cv_3A6gY_EbUs7k/edit#gid=0 )

Sorry I have to add this but any of you trying to get on the trip by removing others shall be banished forever, and ever (and ever). But really, Don't do it. We will catch you and scratch you from the list.

GEAR: If you have your own gear OUTSTANDING. Please bring it. If not don't worry, you can email and arrange a meeting with our one and very own DOM THE GEAR MASTER (coolest title in club). His email is dnm32@pitt.edu / 408-306-6327 (call/text for gear-related issues only)

We will also be hosting climbing workshops in an effort to help those of you with little experience or who need a refresher course. One will be held this Thursday at the trees hall rock wall (4 to 10PM are the open hours) and you can contact our climbing chair Joey DeShane (one of two best beards in club) at his email jad186@pitt.edu

WOW this is taking forever. If you intend to keep reading, it's dangerous to go alone so take this (http://zeldawiki.org/images/thumb/9/98/WoodenSwordLoZArt.png/61px-WoodenSwordLoZArt.png ) (haha a link to Link)

If you want to a) know any more about the outdoor club; b) get any more contact info; c) see our calendar of future events; or d) all of the above, visit the outdoor club at our blogspot page here http://pittoutdoors.blogspot.com/ or at our facebook page (and I believe there is also a twitter that no one uses)

Our Taco Chair, the wonderful Connor Martin will be leading the hordes of you mexican food lovers to Q'Doba every Tuesday at 8 before meetings for the consumption of low price tacos. Be there or be square.
I would mention future events, but holy #%&$ that took way too long and I just posted the blogspot link. So knowing I still have some homework to attend to farethee well members new and old. It is a long journey ahead but one full of nature, friends, activities, fires, food, friends, probably rain at some point, and most importantly friends because there are a ton of you on this email list so get to know someone new (you might be tenting with them) and we look forward to meeting you all.

Signing off, your pretty tired secretary,
Nick Penatzer

PS: Do any of you enjoy country music (There is a very important reason behind this question so if you do, email me at njp37@pitt.edu and if not please don't send hatemail about how you despise it)

Whew, I'll leave it at that. Night everyone!