Spring 2019 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.

SPRING 2019 SOAR TRIPS and OUTDOOR SKILL CLINICS

Spring 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 by sending an email to PSU-OUTDOOR-CENTER@plymouth.edu or give us a call (603)535-2622. Please register to a SOAR Trip of Clinic as soon as you can, since there are limited spaces for each trip or clinical. Register no later that the Fridays at noon before the scheduled weekend SOAR trip you want to participate in.

Dates

Trip Descriptions

 

Saturday

February 2 (11:00pm – 1:00pm)

Winter Clothing/Layering and Gear Clinic

Difficulty: 1/5

Are you hesitant about going on your first big winter adventure because your just not sure what clothing and gear you need? SOAR has you covered. Come to this clinic with our experts to find out what works, what doesn’t, and how you can look like a pro next time you head out.

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Sunday

February 3 (10:00pm – 4:00pm)

X-country Ski Nanamocomuck Trail

Difficulty: 2/5

This very flat, beginner friendly, 13 mile out and back trail offers great views and follows the Swift river. With very little elevation gained or lost, long strait trails, and the option to turn back if needed, this is the perfect trip for those new to cross country skiing, yet challenging enough for the advanced skier to enjoy. Cross country skis, boots, and poles provided FREE to participants thanks to the outdoor center.

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Saturday

February 9 (6:00pm to 8:00pm)

Campfire in Langdon Woods

Difficulty: 1/5

Come join SOAR for a campfire, hot chocolate and s’mores in Langdon Woods. The perfect way to wind down at the end of the week before you put your Saturday night game face on. Be sure to bring a blanket and a friend to snuggle with by the fire as we share stories of our adventures.

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Sunday

February 10 (12:00pm – 2:00pm)

Winter Animal Tracking

Difficulty: 1/5

Ever wonder what animal made that footprint in the snow? Wonder where the animal is going or coming from? Or are you just interested in the natural world around us? In this SOAR clinic you will lean some of the basics of tracking animals in the winter.

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Friday

February 15 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

Avalanche Safety Clinic

Difficulty: 1/5

SOAR is pleased to be able to offer a clinic on avalanche and winter adventure sport safety with none other than Alex Teixeira. Alex is an AMGA certified Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide, AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide, and one of the raddest guys around. Don’t miss this clinic on how to stay safe this winter while you’re shredding the gnar. Pizza and chocolate chip cookies will be provided courtesy of SOAR.

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Saturday

February 16 (11:00am – 3:00pm)

X-country Ski to Franconia Falls

Difficulty: 2/5

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. Cross country skis, boots, and poles provided FREE to participants thanks to the outdoor center.

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Sunday

February 17 (11:00am – 3:00pm)

Snowshoe Lonesome Lake

Difficulty: 3/5

Hikers, is all this now on the trail keeping you from going out? Why not throw on some snowshoes and conquer the winter blues. Come join SOAR for a casual, 3 mile snowshoe adventure in Franconia notch state park. This trail offers views of the Kingsman peaks and a beautiful loop around the lake halfway. Snowshoes provided FREE to participants thanks to the outdoor center.

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Sunday

February 24 (12:00pm – 2:00pm)

Snow Shelter Clinic and Snowball Fight

Difficulty: 1/5

Let’s be honest, there is nothing more fun than throwing a fresh pack snow ball at a friend. Come join SOAR Sunday and learn from our experts how to make some basic survival snow shelters, and then use them as forts for a snowball fight.

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Saturday

March 2 (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Ice Climbing at Rumney Rock

Difficulty: 3/5

So you love to climb but there’s snow at all your favorite crags and the indoor gym gets old, what ever are you to do? Come explore the world of ice climbing with SOAR. This crag offers great climbing year round. Enjoy a new way to ascend your favorite routes. Our expert leaders will help you if you are new to the ice climbing world, but these falls are challenging enough to be enjoyed even by the pros. All required gear will be provided FREE thanks to the outdoor center.

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Sunday

March 3 (11:00am – 2:00pm)

Backcountry Ski Clinic in Langdon Woods

Difficulty: 2/5

By now you’ve heard at least a couple of your friends talking about some of their totally rad backcountry shredding and you’re curious but don’t know where to start. Luckily SOAR has a clinic just for you. Our experts will take you out and teach you the skills you need  to safely start shredding some backcountry lines yourself. With the help of our pro staff, your friends will be eating your powder in no time. All equipment provided FREE courtesy of our friends at the outdoor center.

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SPRING BREAK TRIP

March 9 – 17 (Overnight)

Rock Climbing at Red River Gorge (KY)

Difficulty: 3/5

Spring is a great time to climb! There are hardly any crowds and no insects to bug you. Do you want to climb in some of the most sought after crags in the world? Come join SOAR on the spring break trip to Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Enjoy great climbing in Muir Valley and the Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve. This is a full service guided trip. That means everything you need, from supplies to food to expert instructors, is included.

Fees: $100.00 to $150.00 per person depending on the number of participant.

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SPRING BREAK TRIP

March 9 – 17 (Overnight)

Backpacking in the Shenandoah NP (VA)

Difficulty: 3/5

Too many people sit around and do nothing over Spring Break. Take advantage of this opportunity to do something active and join SOAR for a backpacking trip through the trails of the Shenandoah National Park! Shenandoah offers some of the most pristine hiking trails on the east coast and our expert instructors offer an experience for every skill level. This is a full service guided trip. That means everything you need, from supplies to food to expert instructors, is included.

Fees: $75.00 to $125.00 per person depending on the number of participant.

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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.