Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Meeting 65 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Have you been outside today? Go outside, it's so nice.  I'm losing my shit.  The birds are out, the sun is chirping, fuck school go outside.

In honor of Mother Nature really pulling through today, our meeting is going to be out on the WPU patio.  Come hang out at 9pm tonight.

Best,
Jon

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Meeting Minutes 58 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Hope your Tuesday is as tumultuous as ever! 

If you're psyched to get wyld at the Pyle sign up for our trip to Ohiopyle.  The trip is April 12-14, there's going to be hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.

That same weekend there's going to be a caving trip down to Spruce Knob in WV.  Crawl through some cool stuff and sleep in a cave!  Cris will be there too! I'm not saying you'll be sleeping with Cris in a cave, but you'll definitely be sleeping in a cave with Cris.  

Also here are the pictures Steve and Fabian took last weekend: 

Best,
Jon (and Mia)

Meeting 58 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

What are your thoughts on piles?  If they're anything but overwhelmingly positive I hope you're ready for that to change drastically because April 12-14 we're heading down to the best pile on this side of the Youghiogheny, Ohiopyle.  Not only is this pile at the top of the pile as far as piles go, it's better than the whole state of Ohio.  It's the best of both parts of its name!  There's going to be some hiking, there's going to be some climbing, and there's going to be some mountain biking sprinkled in there, you know, for the kids.  

In this section of the email, back despite a complete lack of demand, I'm going to talk about Cris' ass.  It's wonderful, it's great, it's what gets me up in the morning.  No matter how you feel about caves you should absolutely go on the caving trip to Spruce Knob April 12-14 for the sake of Cris' ass.  Caving trips are an unbeatable opportunity to stare at Cris' ass for an extended period of time without getting weird looks from everyone else at the outdoors club meeting.  

You can sign up for these trips tonight at 9pm in A221 Langley.  

For those of you who were on the trip to the New last weekend, Steve and Fabian got some awesome pictures!  Here's a link to them: http://tinyurl.com/NewRiver2019

Best,
Jon

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Meeting Minutes 52 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

We had sign ups for the Seneca Rocks trip tonight.  Seneca has some super awesome rock climbing that we'll be getting after.  There's some caves that you can crawl through too, it'll be dope.  If you want to climb and haven't done multi-pitch trad before you'll need to come up to the wall for a workshop.  It'll take like half an hour and you'll learn some cool skills that you can use if you ever find yourself in an action movie.  The trip is April 5-7.

Best,
Jon

Meeting 52 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

A long time ago in a West Virginia far far away geology went nuts and left a big ol' chunk of Tuscarora quartzite sticking straight up out of a hill. Shit's crazy.  Anyway, we're going to go climb that sumbitch.  

April 5-7 we'll be heading down to Seneca Rocks to do some climbing and caving.  This is a more advanced climbing trip since we're going to be on multi-pitch trad routes.  If you want to get sendy on this one you need to be comfortable lead belaying, and if you've never followed or cleaned trad lines before you need to come up to the climbing wall for a workshop to learn how.  There's going to be a small caving group going out too so if that's your bag, don't miss out on another chance to watch Cris wriggle himself into a dark dirty little hole. 

All this and more tonight at 9pm in A221 Langley. 

Best,
John 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Meeting 45 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

You know what's exciting? Fucking budget proposals!  We're working on the budget for next year tonight so if there's something you want to see happen next year this is your last chance to pitch it.  

We're also going to have sign ups for the New River Gorge trip, heading out March 29th.  The New has a ton of awesome rocks to climb, some sweet trails to hike and bike on, and a big ass bridge that's pretty neat.  Also there's a Biscuit World down there.

A221 Langley at 9pm, get psyched.

Best,
Jon

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Meeting Minutes 31 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Sorry these are so late, this week has just been one long punch in the dick.  

We had sign ups for Raystown Lake mountain biking and Dolly Sods backpacking.

Raystown is some super great mountain biking, and we'll be renting some bikes so if you don't have a ride you can borrow one.  It's a pretty physical trip, we'll be riding for about five ours with breaks, so keep that in mind when you're deciding to come.  This will be a day trip on Saturday March 23

Dolly Sods is a frickin beautiful area down in West Virginia.  This is our intermediate backpacking trip so the mileage is a bit more.  It's totally worth the walk though because Dolly Sods is one of the best backpacking areas on the east coast. This trip will be March 22-24.

Hunter is organizing some therapeutic hikes in Schenley within the next couple weeks, so if that's something you'd be interested you can throw your info in here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffmAcfO2T-D4cUeDWs70xemfbpBnpAVqWPrYfHqDFvDd_95Q/viewform

With some climbing trips coming up after break it's a good time to learn how to belay.  If you want to climb up some rocks you gotta learn how to keep your friends from falling off rocks.  Come up to the climbing wall in Trees Hall Monday from 7-10, Tuesday from 4-7, or Thursday from 4-10 and get a hold of Fin or Gus, they'll teach you everything you need to know.  

Hope everyone has a good break.

Best,
Jon

Monday, March 4, 2019

Meeting 31 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

This week we're going to have sign ups for Dolly Sods and Raystown.

Dolly Sods is a super cool backpacking trip down in West Virginia.  It's our intermediate backpacking trip so it'll be a bit more mileage than other backpacking trips we've done.  The area is absolutely gorgeous and this trip is a lot of fun.  It'll be the weekend of March 22-24.

Raystown is our mountain biking trip.  If you're psyched to tearing up some spicy single track but don't have a bike this is your chance to hang it out there and roost some sweet berms.  We're going to be renting some bikes for people to use, and if you have your own whip you can bring that dirty bird out and put some miles on it.  This will be the same weekend as Dolly Sods. 

We're working on the budget for next semester, so if there are any new trips you want to see happen next year let us know!

One last thing, tomorrow Ana├»s Peterson is in a runoff election for VP of SGB.  She has a lot of great ideas and initiatives including addressing issues like lead levels in the water on campus, fossil fuel divestment, creating an LGTBQ student center, and making gender neutral bathrooms more accessible.  Tomorrow from 8am-8pm you can vote for her at elections.pitt.edu.  

Best,
Jon

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Meeting minutes 24 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Last night we had sign ups for the trip to Cherry Springs.  It's a super swanky trip up to one of the darkest parts of the country, so if the stars are out they're going to be gorgeous.  During the day there are some pretty sweet hikes to be had.  If you're stoked to get a good look at some space stuff this weekend sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/VMVvt5waGfDQIXn23

Best,
Jon

Monday, February 25, 2019

Meeting 24 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

This weekend we're sending a trip out to Cherry Springs, maybe the coolest state park in Pennsylvania.  It's one of the darkest places in the country, on clear nights you can see the Milky Way.  Shit's crazy.  There's a bunch of cool hiking to be had during the day, but gosh diddly damn the stars are so beautiful out there I can't even describe it.  This trip will be leaving Friday and coming back Sunday

We're also going to be having sign ups for a short hike with Free the Planet on the Rachel Carson trail just outside of Pittsburgh.  There's a fracking well pad that's being built next to the trail named after Pittsburgh's most famous and influential environmentalist.  We're going to go check that fuckery out and talk about the impacts of fracking and the natural gas industry at large has on the environment and community around it.  We'll be heading out around 10am Sunday, and we'll be back in Oakland before 5.  

Hope everyone has a good week!

Best,
Jon

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Meeting Minutes 17 Days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Last night we had sign ups for a day hiking trip to Cooper's Rocks on Sunday the 24th.
If you're interested sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/VGneepTULe1sLBkB2

Sadly the Lewisburg caving trip is going to have to be postponed.  To stay updated on when trips are going out you can check out the calendar at pittoutdoors.blogspot.com

Everyone's favorite father figure and Outdoors Club alum Ian Hesner has one more gift to give this club, and that's love.  Check out Ian's new dating app Inrstellar and let Daddy Hesner get you laid.  

Best,
Jon

Monday, February 18, 2019

Meeting 17 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Hope everyone's stoked to meet tomorrow because that's what we're doing.  9pm in A221 Langley, it's the coolest thing you could be doing on a Tuesday night.  

We're going to be having sign ups for the Laurel Highlands backpacking trip and the Lewisburg caving trip at the meeting.  

Laurel Highlands is our beginner backpacking trip.  You'll be hiking a few miles the first day, sleeping in shelters, and hiking a few more miles on Sunday.  This is the perfect first backpacking trip if you've never gone before and want to try it!  We've got backpacks and sleeping stuff for people to borrow if they need.  This trip is tentatively scheduled for this weekend.  That's dependent on the weather though so we might end up rescheduling.

Lewisburg is a sweet caving trip down in West Virginia.  If you're psyched to get down and dirty in a hole this is the ticket.  If you're the kind of person who thinks stalactites are tight you're not going to find a better way to spend a weekend.  Plus you get to stare at Cris' butt a lot.  This trip will be going out this weekend, February 22-24.

We're also going to be talking about upcoming trips for the next couple weeks, so come by if you want to hear about that stuff.

Best,
Jon

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Meeting 10 days after Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Instead of having a meeting tonight we're going to not have a meeting tonight.  Could be wild, who knows.  

Tomorrow night, come celebrate Galantine's Day by watching some awesome women crush the gnarliest of gnar in the No Man's Land Film Festival.  9pm tomorrow (Wednesday) night in A221 Langley, and it's free.  Check out the deets on the Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/973701696173149/

Best,
Jon

Monday, February 4, 2019

Meeting three days after Groundhog Day

Hey Folks, 

Meeting tomorrow at 9pm in A221 Langley

Get your voting shorts out because it's election season.  It's time for some good old fashioned political upheaval in the Outdoors Club.  Tomorrow night vote for whoever you think you can exercise the most influence over, and if they don't win take to the streets and stage a coup!

This Saturday we're going on a hiking day trip to Mt. Davis.  This is your chance to be the highest person in Pennsylvania, because good ol' Mt. Dave is the highest point in the state.

The best farmers in Oakland, Plant2Plate, are having a tea sale fundraiser.  If you want to snag some of those good good leaf bags, check out this form: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5BUhy7wHuCVkH7T

See y'all tomorrow!

Best,
Jon


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Meeting Minutes 4 days before Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Hope everyone had a good time getting a little alpine today.  Who needs to try and get on the next north face expedition to antarctica when we can just dry tool up the Chevron steps?

Nate's getting the trail running groupme going, so if you're interested in being a part of that send us an email with your name and phone number.

There's some pretty sweet stuff going on this week:
-There's a bouldering comp up at Pitt's climbing wall in Trees Hall this Saturday at 1pm.  $5 suggested donation for entry.  Come show off your weird Popeyeish forearms and intimate knowledge of climbing jargon.  While you're at it you can try and send some of Fin's chossy routes as well. 

-Wednesday the 13th the No Man's Land film festival is rolling through.  If you want to watch some of the coolest women in adventure sports do some crazy shit, this is the ticket.  With any luck this will convince some partners to swap out the bullshit Valentine's Day bouquet for something useful, like cams. 

-Lastly, it's time to bust out your synthetic neck fat and brush up on your Mitch McConnell impressions because this is your chance to slow roll and corrupt the democratic process.  Outdoors Club elections are next Tuesday, and if you haven't been calling every Russian oligarch you know you're already behind.  There's info on all of the board positions in the attached powerpoint  If you've got any questions or bribes shoot me an email.  Remember to keep your eyes on the fake news because Kieran's sex tape should be leaking any day now.  

Hope everyone has a good week.

Best,
Jon



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Meeting 4 days before Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

Hope you're hype for a happening hang because tonights meeting is going to be hawesome.

We're talking about safety and leave no trace principles in the outdoors.  Sounds boring but it's important to keep yourself and the woods from getting fucked up.

For you machiavellian types out there, get ready for a grab at some arbitrary power because board elections for next year are coming up next week.  We'll talk about all the officers' roles and responsibilities and people interested in running can start stuffing whatever skeletons they have into closets.  

Also the meeting is in A221 Langley at 9pm.

Best,
Jon

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meeting minutes 18 days until Groundhog Day

Hey folks,

First meeting of the semester tonight was awesome!  

A big ol' hello to all the new folks who came out tonight!

We talked about different job opportunities in the outdoors, because who doesn't dream about getting paid to hang out by trees and stuff.  

Here are some links:
All Hands All Hearts: https://www.allhandsandhearts.org

Hope everyone has a great week

Best,
Jon


Monday, January 14, 2019

First meeting of 2k19: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Hey Folks,

Hope everybody had a great time over break!

Our first meeting of the year is tomorrow night (Tuesday 1/14) at 9:15p in A221 Langley.

We're going to be talking about job opportunities in the outdoors.  Come by so you can find out how to get paid for hanging out in the woods.

Best,
Jon