Fall 2018 SOAR Trips and Outdoor Skill Clinics

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Trip Schedule: SOAR Trips are scheduled adventures experiences connecting PSU students to the great outdoors via outdoor adventure activities. No participant experience is necessary. Trips are led and instructed by volunteer PSU students who promote a respect for the environment and a love for the outdoors. Trips can be day and/or overnight(s) involving activities such as rock climbing, paddling, hiking/camping, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.

NOTE: SOAR programs are available only to current PSU students, faculty and staffs.

FALL 2018 SOAR TRIPS and OUTDOOR SKILL CLINICS

Fall Semester SOAR Trip and outdoor skill clinics led by the SOAR instructors are open to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. Request more information or to reserve a spot, email us at PSU-OUTDOOR-CENTER@plymouth.edu or give us a call (603)535-2622. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to a SOAR Trip or Outdoor Skill Clininc. If you call after hours please just leave your name, number, what clinic you are interested in we will put you on the list.

Dates

Trip Descriptions

 

Saturday

November 3 (10:00am – 3:00pm)

Bridal Veil Falls Hike

Difficulty: 3/5

Take a Hike with SOAR to scenic Bridal Veil Falls. This 5 mile (round trip) hike follows Coppermine Brook at a gentle grade to the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. This fall spills into crystal clear pools at the base of the cascade, surrounded by rock slabs to sit on while you enjoy the view.

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Sunday

November 4 (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Campfire S’mores and Storytelling

Difficulty: 1/5

Join SOAR to sit around the campfire with your friends this Sunday evening. We will have plenty of S’more materials for you to enjoy this classic camping treat while listening to our leaders tell spooky stories. If you have stories of your own, feel free to share. Make sure to bring a blanket and cozy hat so you can get comfortable and clear your head outdoors before the school week begins.

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Saturday

November 10 (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

Stargazing Evening and Night Hike

Difficulty: 2/5

Night is a great time to experience nature. Join SOAR on a short night hike with activities and games to help you understand how the forest comes alive after dusk, and what adaptations animals have to be active on even the darkest nights. Your hike will lead you to an open field where the evening will culminate with stargazing led by our knowledgeable leaders.

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Saturday

November 17 (11:00am – 1:00pm)

First Aid Clinic: Foot and Blister Care

Difficulty: 1/5

Beginners and experts alike will benefit from this clinic on first aid skills for hiking. This clinic will focus on foot care and blister management. Your feet are your vehicle in the wilderness and just like your car, they must be properly maintained and taken care of when something goes wrong. Learn how to take care of your feet on day trips and backpacking trips and what to do when blisters strike.

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Sunday

November 18 (10:00am – 2:00pm)

X-country ski to Franconia Falls

Difficulty: 3/5

X-country skiing is an amazing way to tour the winter forests. SOAR is heading out to Franconia Falls to play in the snow and enjoy the early winter pow. Beginners and experts are welcome. Our experienced leaders will be more than happy to instruct first timers on the basics of nordic skiing and you will be gliding through the forests in no time. This scenic trail winds its way along the Pemigawasset river for 3 miles, and leads to a short cascade decorated with ice crystals this time of year.

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Saturday

December 1 (3:00pm – 5:00pm)

Winter Clothing and Layering Workshop

Difficulty: 1/5

Do you love hiking? As fall transitions into winter, you may be wondering how to dress to extend your favorite activity into 4 seasons. This workshop will focus on the basic principles of layering and dressing for winter activities. Cold weather demands certain methods for dressing to stay warm during a hiking day where you will be working hard and standing still. Learn the basics of footwear, baselayers, shells, accessories and more in this informative workshop on winter layering.

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Sunday

December 2 (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Lonesome Lake Snowshoe Hike

Difficulty: 3/5

Snowshoeing is the best way to explore the mountains in winter. Join SOAR for a weekend snowshoe hike to scenic Lonesome Lake. This 5 mile (round trip) hike leads past a curious water feature called The Basin and up to a scenic alpine lake with views across Franconia Notch to Franconia Ridge. Snowshoes are provided courtesy of the Outdoor Center.

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Level 1       An easy or stationary activity with no skill or experience required.
Level 2       An easy to moderate activity with no skill or experience required, and a limited amount of physical exertion.
Level 3       A moderately difficult activity with extended periods of physical exertion.
Level 4       A difficult activity with a high level of physical exertion. Be prepared to spend a majority of the day outdoors.
Level 5       A challenging activity with continuous physical exertion. Be prepared to spend a full day in the outdoors. Previous experience will be helpful. A pre-trip meeting will likely be required.