Newsletter 02/14/2014

It’s barbeque weather. Swimming in the river, barefoot weather. I’ve got my swimsuit, and my flippy floppies. Hammocks and slacklines are hung haphazardly across the mall. Neil Armstrong and John Purdue are chillin’ on their benches, sippin’ on pink lemonade and soaking up the rays. Negative temperatures? Never heard of ‘em.

Scoff at the thermometer. Laugh in the face of Jack Frost. This is February. This is Indiana. We are POC.


What you did during your snow day paled in comparison to the POC. 25 of us rad nasty hoodlums headed to Slayter to show those little college “sledders” what snow really means- snowyacking. You heard me, SNOW KAYAKING. We carried our kayaks to the front of the line, jumped into the havoc, got a shout-out from the Purdue Exponent, and kicked all sorts of ass. The End.

Have you been keeping up with the Olympics? The Purdue Outing Club Knitters have. This exclusive sexy subset of knotty boys and girls gathered to watch the Opening Ceremonies last week. Feeling the urge to be a little knotty yourself? Email our honorary knitting consultant Katie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on our next knitting party, whenever that will be.


We’re working on getting some gnar t-shirts for the club. Keep your eye out for an email with an order form-if you order early, you’ll get a couple dollars off.

Having a CPR/AED/First Aid certification is a worthy investment, especially for Outing Clubbers. Katherine, our friendly neighborhood health and safety officer will be sent out information today regarding reduced-price classes at the CoRec.

A Sarcosuchus is the ancestor of today’s gators and crocs. At 40 feet long, he would have been a force to reckon with. If the Outing Club had existed approximately 120 million years ago, we would have been kayaking on this guy.

Quick! Act now! Do you love boxing? Flannel? Minnesota? Are you a fan of chest hair and motorcycles? Good ‘ole mountain man POC President Alex Schmidberger needs a Valentine. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. Emails with selfies attached are given priority. Space is not limited, but if you wanna be first in line, time is of the essence!

This club doesn't run itself! Elections are coming up in March, and if you want to run or nominate the fiercest Outing Clubbers there are, come to the meetings and voice your opinion! We’ll have an official date later. Fun fact: I forgot to come to elections last year, so they broadcasted my face on the big screen in front of the meeting via Skype and I was elected to secretary. BooooooYAH


The climbing lock-in is February 28th. If you’re not a climber, that is A-okay! We’ll have plenty of other stuff going on, like crate stacking, hammocking, slacklining, hair wraps, knitting, foam-pit dodge ball, foam square soccer, and foam pit napping.The cost will be $18 (this includes entry and gear rental) and $4 for pizza. You’ll have to split gas with your driver, which should only be 3 or 4 dollars. Bring $30 cashmundo, and you’ll be solid. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON BOTH LINKS BELOW! One is the sign up for the lock-in, the other is for getting a ride.
Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LKGogHVTd70LOkv21l77o2nrYNVh2kKCoKabcawYDyI/viewform
Driver Board:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnsGDuGXn4FldDUtaHNjMWRCU3BRT1ZTbEdsbndmYkE&usp=sharing#gid=0

Wanna go backpacking in Ireland? From August 3rd through 17th, you have just this opportunity. For a fantastic way to wrap up your summer before classes begin on August 25th, contact me for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wanna save the big bucks, let me know, and I’ll do a thing.

If you want to spend your Spreak kayaking, get to roll session! You must have your roll down before embarking on your biggest adventure yet.

A mountain biking trip is being put together. A climbing trip is being put together. A backpacking trip is being put together. I think maybe some folks are roadtripping for a Wilderness First Responder course. All of these are occurring over Spreak, but no one’s got their shit together. Watch your email for information from the people leading these trips. It is absolutely unacceptable to stay on campus when you've got so many opportunities to take advantage of. GRAB THIS WORLD AND MAKE IT YOUR BITCH THIS SPRING BREAK. And for those of you who missed it in the last newsletter, I highly recommend you click this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9etqyqgtHBc.

Campus to Coast is a 160 mile floating race put on by MSU. If you wanna get a team together to participate in this challenge in April, email Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“The mountains are calling, and I must go” -John Muir. I know you can hear it. You can see the rays of the sun hiding just around the corner. You can feel the melting snow beneath your hiking boots. Your beard is frozen, but your heart radiates through the cracks in your furry mat of chest hair.

Don’t let February stop you. Answer the calling mountains and roam free.

Relax and Look Ahead,


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