The POC does so much more, read about a few other sports and events.  Each picture  links to a photo gallery.

Ice Climbing (Pocbook)
Extreme Hammocking
Snowyaking (Pocbook)


Ice climbing, as the term indicates, is the activity of ascending inclined ice formations. Usually, ice climbing refers to roped and protected climbing of features such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs and rock slabs covered with ice refrozen from flows of water.

For the purposes of climbing, ice can be broadly divided into two spheres, alpine ice and water ice. Alpine ice is found in a mountain environment, usually requires an approach to reach, and is often climbed in an attempt to summit a mountain. Water ice is usually found on a cliff or other outcropping beneath water flows. Alpine ice is frozen precipitation whereas water ice is a frozen liquid flow of water.

Most alpine ice is generally one component of a longer route and often less technical, having more in common with standard glacier travel, while water ice is selected largely for its technical challenge. Technical grade is, however, independent of ice type and both types of ice vary greatly in consistency according to weather conditions. Ice can be soft, hard, brittle or tough. Mixed climbing is when ascending involves both ice climbing and rock climbing.


Extreme Hammocking is a relatively new activity that the POC started a few years ago.  The POC definition of extreme is more that two levels up on a structure.  Usually a tree, a hill or on a mountain where adverse conditions exist.  The use of Hammocks are a way to relax between classes, or on trips.  We continue to find new and exciting ways to use them.


POCtoberfest is an event the POC holds every year for highly motivated individuals to attend and take part in a variety of activities.  The Location is almost always in West Virginia.  Everything we offer exists there in some way, shape or form.  Rivers, rocks, caves, biking trails, ect..  The Officers decide on who is worthly to attend, so start getting motivated and stay highly active in POC sports. 

This annual event attracts POC Alumnus from all over the country and has been a tradition since 2008.  Everyone who attends POCTOBERFEST brings back memories that last a lifetime.


Slacklining is a balance sport that uses nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline. The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of dynamic webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for impressive tricks and stunts.

The Purdue Outing Club takes part in this epic sport to kill time between classes, between climbs, waiting for kayaking shuttles, and just about any other time we get bored.  Keep at eye out for us all around campus or just subscribe to the mailing list for annoucncements


Snowyaking is the sport of taking a kayak of any kind and running it down a hill in place of a sled.  Every winter up to 20-30 of us take old Club Kayaks to Slayter hill and run them down the hill..  The goal is to fit as many people of these things and ride them down the hill as safely as possible.

Snowaking (Non-POC) Video

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