Newsletter 09/16/14



Adventure People!
I hope you were all at the meeting yesterday but if not that's what I'm here for! Also, there is important information in here about POCtoberfest, Muir Vally Trail day, pooping in the woods and other trips. Don't stop here!

This is what happened:

Evan Watkins talked about his SEA Semester( Even though he was the lamest person there it was awesome. If you have questions or wanna know more here's his email: 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.. Feel free to harass him.

This is what is happening:

The backpackers did an enlightening presentation on leave no trace. So in case you missed it, at the bottom of this email I gave a run down on outdoors etiquette.

Gear Closet
As a lot of you saw after the meeting, we have all the gear you could pretty much think of needing for an outing trip. The closet is located on the bottom floor just past the Colby Fitness center. Some of the gear you need to be certified to use such as the climbing gear, kayaking gear and mountain bikes. Do not come down to the closet expecting to check this stuff out without being certified first. The openings for the gear closet are at the bottom of this email and on our website. If there is any confusion about any of this email me and we will work though your issues together.

This is what is going to happen:

Purdue Tri Club came and talked to us about volunteering to help out with the Boilerman ( The event is taking place September 28th. They need volunteers from 8 a.m. until about noon or 1 p.m. If you are interested or have any question email 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..

(NONPOC) Muir Valley Trail Day
There is a NonPOC trail day that is happening on September 27th at Muir Valley. You can sign up here: This is the driver board once you have signed up: People who are certified to climb will get priority so fill this out as well:

Bucket 100
This is a Habitat for Humanity event taking place October 25-26 where you ride your bike from Purdue - IU to raise awareness for affordable housing. If this sparks your interest go here: and check out their Facebook page for some adorable pictures of Evan and PJ:

POC Muir Vally Trail Day
As a club we like to give back to the people who give so much to us. Muir Valley ( is in Kentucky and a lot of people in the club go here for hiking and climbing. Last year we built a 176 foot staircase! Here's an awesome video of that: This year we will be building a retaining wall for erosion control. The plan: drive down to Kentucky and camp Friday night, build from dusk until dark on Saturday(free lunch is provided) and then hike/climb until you can't no more on Sunday. This is a great way to start meeting people that are very active in the club, join in! Sign up here:

This is a trip we take every year over fall break out to Fayetteville, West Virginia(the coolest small town). We will be leaving Friday October 10th and returning Tuesday October 14th. Every single sport is done here, there will be a trip for each one everyday we are there. Here's the kicker, there are only 35 spots left and we know there are more than 35 people who really want to go. Max, the coordinator for POCtoberfest, will be opening up the final sign ups TONIGHT at 6 p.m. on the Facebook ( and on the email list. If you get to go on this trip it will cost you $50, this is for firewood, pizza one night, camping and a tshirt. We do not profit from this trip in anyway. Other costs will be your own food and gas($50 more) and we also go to some swag gear shops so if you're into that kinda thing. Any questions email Max: 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.. Do not harass Max, he does the best he can.

What's left.
If you don't get to go to POCtoberfest then do something else awesome with people in the club. Email the list and say you want to do something radical and then go and do that radical thing. We will come back from POCtoberfest and there will be plenty of trips to go on when we get back, if you haven't noticed there are plenty to go on before POCtoberfest. Look out for emails for this kind of thing. Remember the gear closet openings are located at the bottom of this email, if NONE of these times work let me know! My email and phone number are at the bottom of this email.

Like I promised, outdoor etiquette in case you missed it.
Plan Ahead
When going backpacking plan ahead. Know what you need and where you can get it. Like bringing a shovel for pooping in the woods or a trash bag to back out what you brought in.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Use marked trails when they are available. If there are no trails, fan out, don't kill all the pretty flowers with your stomping. Always camp 200 feet from any trails.
Dispose of Waste Properly (this is the important pooping in the woods part)
Pack out EVERYTHING you brought with you. That includes food that you think will decompose, it may take sometime. This is how long common backpacking items take to decompose: apple cores - months, orange peels - 2 years, tin can - 10 years, plastic bottle - 450 years. Now for pooping in the woods. Always do so 200 feet from any water supply/trails/campsite/roads/anything you wouldn't want someone else's poop to be near, dig a cathole (6-8 inches deep). Wash any dishes with approved outdoor dish soap ( also 200 feet away from anything.
Leave What You Find
Leave nature the way you found it. We all know how much you love so-and-so but the tree doesn't care and neither does anyone else that is going to see that carving of both your initials with a heart around it. Please, for everyone's sake, don't do this...
Also, know the rules on what you can and cannot touch when visiting somewhere, the oils on your skin can be harmful, be afraid!
Minimize Campfire Impacts
First off, know if you are allowed to have a campfire where you are, a lot of places have burn bans. If there is a fire ring, use that location for your fire. Try to use camp stoves when cooking. Once you're done and the ashes are cool scatter them to the wind.
Respect Wildlife
Don't harass the wildlife. That chipmunk may look friendly until it attacks you violently because you thought it would be fun to try and touch it. Don't touch the wildlife. Don't feed the wildlife. Look at the wildlife. Take selfies with the wildlife.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Remember you now represent the POC. When you are out doing awesome, adventurous, outing things, keep noise levels down and clean up after yourself.

That's all for now kiddies! I'll be seeing ya around,

Natalie Juhl



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