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Newsletter 02/25/2014

Do you recall the story of the Purdue Outing Club’s birth (reference newsletter 11/12/2013)? How from one scraggly hair, we burst forth to a beard so bushy, so backcountry, that no ecological wonder could escape? Well, this is the story of the trimmer.

Spring, warmth, greenery, 40 degree sleeping bags, slacklines, hammocks - all of these are razors on the most privileged trimmer in existence. We all know that a true mountain gentleman keeps his facial locks in impeccable form, and the POC is no exception. However, in the winter, we let our hairs grow raggled and craggled, bedraggled and haggled, but the sexy result provides protection from Father Winter’s cold, lifeless touch. As the lovely Spring shyly steps forth from her hiding place though, we grow self-conscience of our unkempt bristles, and cringe at the thought that she might lay her gentle eyes upon us. Therefore, we bow our chins in defeat and raise the trimmer to our cheeks.

We've prepared all winter for this moment. The diving well has filled our sinuses with urine chlorine one too many times. The bouldering wall has proven to us that frat boys campusing routes will never be cool, a little too often. The outdoors escapades of the mountain bikers have bursted the lung of too many a cyclist. We’re strong, we’re ready, we’re filled with the overwhelming desire to inspire and set fire to the mire that is Winter.

The trimmer untangles the spangled, mangled beard from our face that is the POC. Desolate, lonely hairs with no longer a source fall to the ground in a heap better swept later. As we view our reflection, contemplating the return of our five o’clock shadow, we smile. We suit up, we grab our gear, we pack our bags, we make camp outdoors. And just as Ms. Spring peeks from behind the budding trees, we dive into her arms and let her smell of adventure and rambunctious wandering guide our clean cheeks to the perfect crag, the flowing river, the calming forest.

Spring, the perfect gamine, has arrived, and our broom knows it.

PAST TENSE

Picture this- you’re surround by rock. Unforgiving, cold, with only enough space to crawl forward on your elbows, and no going back. Repeat. Repeat for 45 minutes. Spend 5 more hours scrambling through an occasionally taller but equally inhospitable environment looking for candles and the unicorn. Meditate beneath the low ceiling. Turn back to the beginning where you must finish with another 1200 foot belly crawl. Exhaustion. Bruises. Weakness. SUCCESS. Mexican food. Home. This is the story of Wayne’s Cave. And I still hurt.

We’ve been described as the chain that can’t be stopped, the most inclusively exclusive club you’ll find on campus. We are the POCKnitters. Get with us. Get knotty.

Kane and Max hung out in Kentucky last weekend for the first cycling race of the season. They killed it, and Purdue cycling is off to a great start.

PRESENT TENSE

I hope you've signed up for the climbing lock-in, because if you haven’t, may the shame flow over you. Friday is our escape, our pizza, our foam pit sickness. If you signed up to come, but are not on the driver board, you better sign up, or your pizza will be relinquished to another starving soul. Contact your driver and plan to arrive at HHI at 8pm.
Driver board: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnsGDuGXn4FldDUtaHNjMWRCU3BRT1ZTbEdsbndmYkE&usp=sharing#gid=0

The legends are whispering, calling to you, measuring your worth. They desire your entry into their own ranks, the figureheads of the Outing Club. Elections are being held March 10th, and the cosmos await your acceptance. A Google Doc will appear in your electronic mailbox, and here you shall nominate those you deem fit for service to the POC. Behold, weigh your skills honestly, for if you are nominated and the consultants and current legends pronounce you unsuited to the task, your nomination will be deleted, your happiness denied. Just kidding about the unhappiness, being a regular member is still pretty fun.

Coffee? Yes, coffee. We shall be presenting the Holy Percolator and Grinder to He Who Drinks Coffee Profusely on March 11, after s/he’s been elected to the position.

We’ve finalized a design for club shirts, so keep your eyes open for a Google Doc to order yours! They’re going to be long sleeved and feature a classic POC logo (wheel, paddle, boot, ice axe) and some new features like a hammock and a quick draw.

If you do not own a flannel shirt, you do not belong in the POC. On that note, if you do not own a flannel embroidered with the sacred words “Purdue Outing Club,” then you definitely need one. This will cost no more $5 per flannel (probably cheaper). Bring your shirt to the gear closet and put it in the flannel box. We’ll ship them away, and when they return, you’ll get your embroidered flannel back once you pay. If we get 50 shirts, they’ll be super cheap. Due to the gear closet by Monday before spring break. The embroidery will be done in white, so keep that in mind when selecting a shirt. Email Ellen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions, and sign up on the sheet below.
Flannel embroidery sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HWKJxNfXU4My3BDHCS9sjNkgNHvvbMKK3UDx7JKEzEc/formResponse

Have you been climbing indoors, but looking for something more? The CoRec’s new climbing course, Gym to Crag, is just for you! If you've been wanting to make the transition to outdoor climbing, you have $20, and you are lead certified at Purdue’s wall, then you qualify for this class. Sign up at the front desk of the CoRec. First class is this Sunday!


FUTURE TENSE

The Purdue bouldering competition organized by the POC is tentatively scheduled for April 4th. All proceeds will go to Holy Boulders, an outdoor bouldering area in Illinois at risk of shutdown. Remember to give back to your climbing community by participating or helping to organize this event! More details will come later, but right now, we’re looking for a t-shirt design. It should include something along the lines of “Purdue Outing Club presents… Boulder Up! for Holy Boulders.” Email your designs to Ryan 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..

Contact Steven Shultze if you are interested in taking an easterly climbing trip this spring break. This is not a beginner trip, you must be lead and lead belay certified.

The mountain biking spring break trip is likely closed, but you might have a chance. Contact Evan 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..

Backpacking in Ireland. August 3rd-17th. https://yourguidetoadventure.com/excursions/ireland_hike. I’m a guide, and can get you a discount. Message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

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..

Spending your spreak near Orlando? Visit me at Quest Air and we’ll stick you in a hang glider! Let me know 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..

Let the Spring breeze carry you at her whimsy. Bring your hammock and your good vibes and she’ll sweep you up and softly place you in the wilderness, where you belong. Remember, if your heart isn't truly with your internship, your summer job, staying at home with your parents, you don’t have to do it.

Drop everything, grab some gear, and gtf out there. Society tells you to have a pretty resume, but bullshit all you want - the true story behind that job is really boring. How engaged would your future employer be in the story of your worldwide adventure across the African plains or through the rainforests of Madagascar? You learn how to carry yourself, and you gain introspect and confidence in your abilities. Would you rather tell them of your adventurous summer staring at Imgur and acting like you’re typing information into an Excel spreadsheet?

Do as you wish, but Spring is here.

Relax and Look Ahead,

Sara

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