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Outing Club Big Meeting TONIGHT

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Have you ever wanted to make your own granola? Wear hiking boots without irony? Scale a mountain? Eat a fucking tree berry? What is a fucking tree berry?

Outing Club is having their first meeting of the year TONIGHT and both seasoned club-goers and newbies are encouraged to attend. They also have a super duper new website so check that out too (just login with your Skidmore info to register).

Go nature!

7:00 PM in Ladd 307

Screening The Crash Reel Tomorrow In Davis

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

You know how when you watch the X Games it seems as if the athletes are super human, impervious to injury or failure? Well, freestyle snow sports are dangerous fucking endeavors in which bones are broken on the regular and death is never too far from a tragic reality.

The story of Kevin Pearce makes this utterly clear. At 20-years-old, Pierce was a prized snowboarder, winning three gold medals at the 2008 Winter X Games. He was Shaun White great, slated to be his main competition in halfpipe at the 2010 winter olympics. But all those wide-eyed aspirations and opportunities were abruptly cut short when Pearce suffered a debilitating head injury while trying to pull a cab double cork in a pipe in Salt Lake City. It was, at the time, a boundary-pushing trick that few were capable of, though, one that is now commonplace for any high-status snowboard competition.

The Crash Reel is a 2013 documentary about Pearce’s snowboarding life: his promising rise and harrowing fall. It’s full of fearless feats of insanity and the heart-wrenching results those risks can cause.

The Crash Reel is being screening April 16th (Wednesday), at 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium

The Outing Club To Summit Palamountain!

Monday, February 24th, 2014
So crazy there's a real Palamountain Hiking Trail who knew?

So crazy there’s a real Palamountain Hiking Trail who knew?

Have you ever felt a perpetually unsatisfied longing in your heart for something much bigger than yourself?  Adventure, you think, is what your life is missing.  Adventure is the personal endeavor with which we can measure our worth, to go where no one has gone, to test ourselves, to be the first.  To those who seek a higher purpose—by this point you should know who you are—the answer may lie much closer than you think.

On March 6th, at 6pm, the first guided summit of Palamountain will occur.  After almost a year of jumping through legal hoops, the expedition has been granted.

Palamountain, often forgotten amongst the slew of high peaks in the upstate-NY area, is one of Saratoga Springs untapped gems.  Though standing in the shadow of Johnsson Tower, Palamountain is still technically the tallest mountain on campus.  What lies on the summit still remains a modern mystery, but early reports reveal an unrivaled ascent.

“Anytime I smoke in my friends room at JOTO I look out the window at Palamountain and picture myself going to the top… like a mountain goat,” said one Skidmore student.  “I can’t believe it’s finally happening.”

As a courtesy to Skidmore students, the team of experienced guides, known locally as Skidmore Outing Club, has offered to waive the registration fee and paperwork.  Sherpas will be locally sourced and organic, rumors state.  Despite the inherent risks involved, the journey is open to all interested.  To be a part of history, meet outside of Dhall at 5:55pm in full gear (continue reading for gear-list).

From there, the expedition will trek across campus, dividing into two groups at the foot of Palamountain.  One group will take the Bolton Base Lodge staircase, while the other gathers at Gannett Gorge stairwell.  Both groups will ascend to the third floor, technically known as “The Ridgeline.”  This is expected to take at least 20 full minutes.  At The Ridgeline, the two groups will merge by the stairwell that goes up to the fourth floor.  Injuries will be treated, and water bottles refilled.  At this point, the expedition will summit as a family, setting up camp at the top of Palamountain.  The summit to the fourth floor, weather permitting, will take around 10 minutes.

Necessary equipment:

Unnecessary—but nonetheless encouraged—equipment:
Hiking Shoes
Snow Pants
Moisture Wicking Base Layer(s)
Wool Hat
Camping Backpack
Food Rations


Contact mbrennan@skidmore.edu with any further questions.

Weekend Distractions CXIII

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

5:00pm- Speak Up, Make Change: Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media Workshop @ ICC (fbook)
6:30pm- “A Band Called Death” Film Screening @ The Tang (fbook)
8:00pm- Speak Up, Make Change: Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media Lecture @ Filene (fbook)
8:00pm- Brazilian Guitar Quartet @ Zankel

4:00pm- Outing Club Big Meeting @ Falstaffs
4:30pm- Awkward Kids Talking Auditions @ JKB
6:00pm- Women’s Basketball vs. Bard College @ Williamson Sports Center
8:00pm- Men’s Basketball vs. Bard College @ Williamson Sports Center
10:00pm- Prom 100 Days Dance @ Saratoga Hilton

11:00am- Chowderfest 2014 @ Downtown
11:30am- Awkward Kids Talking Newbie Show @ Spa (fbook)
1:00pm- Women’s Swimming & Diving Invitational @ Williamson Sports Center
Drunk:00pm- HAP @ you’ll know if you’re supposed to know

6:30pm- Super Bowl XLVIII on FOX @ MetLife Stadium
7:00pm- WSPN Big Meeting @ Gannett (fbook)

Missing something? Let us know in the comments

Skidmore Unofficial’s Official Outdoors Run Down

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


We have all been seduced by the coziness of the Skidmore bubble at one point or another and then felt the sweet satisfaction in getting off campus, even if it was just to revel in how the Target on Route 50 feels just like your hometown Target.  However, there are places in the surrounding areas of Skidmore (even just a few minutes away!) that are debatably more rejuvenating than fluorescent lights and the scented candle aisle.  My friends, I speak of the great outdoors.  Let me take you on a journey.

Even if you think you’ve climbed it/biked it/hiked it/swam it/skied it/gotten drunk at it all, chances are you can benefit from visiting or re-visiting one of these places.  In other words, incoming students: Make sure your college career is great.  Current students: Make it better.

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Finals are Here: Don’t do Laundry!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

If anyone wants to come at me, I'll be wearing this for the next 3 weeks.

In high school, among my friends, clothing was a point of serious pride. Born out of disdain for doing laundry and love of Seinfeld, we decided to hold our own contest. Who could go the longest without changing clothes?  The rules were simple,  no changing clothes and no doing laundry.

You may think you’re up on all the tricks but I’m here to shower you with knowledge.  First off, Febreze is for plebs and shaking your dirty clothes around in a box with a dryer sheet is just dumb. Second, don’t be obnoxious and stick your jeans in the freezer.  What do you know about laying socks on a radiator to literally melt away the odor?  What do you know about rubbing freshly ground nutmeg into your clothes? Do you even think that burying your clothes overnight, like a squirrel, might work? No, probably not.

So next week I’ll definitely be melting faces (with my stank) as I participate in the Outing Club’s 5 Days of Flannel.  On any given day, approximately 100% of the student body here wears flannel, so this event should have pretty decent participation.  Outing club representatives will be stationed in Case between 12-1 next week, handing out “treats/prizes/cool things” to those sporting flannel.


Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Good Ol Fashioned Fun

Good Ol' Fashioned Fun

Remember two years ago when god looked down upon our tiny campus of adultery and marijuana smoking and attempted to smite us with a blackout. Remember how we shook our fists at god and turned his blackout into the most epic snowball fight in the entire history of the world?

Remember how out of nowhere there were Tallboys of Bud Heavy everywhere and how your friend pulled a joint out of his pocket and all of a sudden all your homework disappeared behind a curtain of falling snowballs? Remember how fun it was to make and break alliances at whim? Remember when me and all my hipster friends totally won the snowball fight against the jocks just like in the movies? YEAH?

Well the Outing Club wants to do that again. 8pm. Case Green.