Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Hocking College Outdoor Pursuits Presents- Mad River Mountain Ski Trip!


Important Side Note-
You Must Have Your College I.D. For This Trip, It's How We Are Getting This Wicked Good Deal!

8 inches NEW SNOW!!!!! 100% Area Open!!!

Full Snow Report Check out Following


January 10th, 2009 Outdoor Pursuits gets back in full swing with the first trip of winter quarter
This will be a day trip to Ski/Snowboard one of Ohio's best Resorts- Mad River Mountain in Bellefountaine OH.
For only $33, plus rentals ($21/$29 for skis and snowboards respectively) and food, you could be shredding the gnar all day long!

We will meet at the student center at 8:00 a.m. sharp and leave shortly after, the ride up is roughly 2 hours. We will be spending the entire day there, and will be back at the student center by about 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. You will be able to purchase food at Mad River, and can also pack a lunch to save some bank. On the way home we may stop at fast food for much needed calorie replenishment.
The trip leaders, Dustyn and Shane, have some experience on the snow and would be happy to show you a thing or two, but Mad River offers full scale lessons for those in need.

This is going to be an awesome first trip, and hopefully only one of many this season! The more interest we get, the more likely we'll be able to set up more!

For more information email Tim Rice at rice_t@hocking.edu, call him at 740-753-6541, or come talk to us at the climbing wall during posted hours.

Hope to see you out there!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cooper Climbing Day Trip Report - NOT!!

So. Back on October 29th we were supposed to take a day bouldering trip to the wonderful and majestic "Coopers Rock State Park", located in Wv. Well, on the morning of we found out that it wasn't going to be quite so wonderful, more so, it was supposed to be wet, cold, and really windy, with a chance of snow. That didn't sound so pleasant to the group of new climbers, so we opted to stay in Ohio and boulder in Athens for the day. The day started off great, we headed to Casa Nueva for an amazing breakfast to get pumped for a day of crushing. So with full stomachs and great weather we all set out for a day of bouldering around Athens. We started off at COAD with some warm ups on the warm up wall. After a few easy climbs we headed to "Fire in the Hole" an awesome v1+/2 problem with a nice mantle top out. After a few hours around COAD we decided to head over to the trailer park area. We started off at tilted trailer and some more warm up boulders, after another good warm up session we headed to commitment area, where one of Athens finest problems "Birds Nest" is located. After another good session there we headed over to "The Font " area. We took a detour and stopped at "Rodeo Dyno" for a couple goes, after everyones tips were good and shred from failed attempts we left it for another day and moved on. After a good dose of Athens bouldering we decided to call it a day and head back to home. Although we didn't make it to Cooper's we ended up with a great day of perfect weather and good climbs, all in all it was an awesome trip.Above: Shane on "Rodeo Dyno"

Above: Group standing around "The Font Area"...(Looks like theres more standing going on then climbing...those boulders aren't gonna climb themselves guys...You guys look like a "hangout" crew!!!!!

Above: Kevin going for the mantle on "Fire in the hole"

Above: Levi on "Rodeo Dyno"Above: Shane crushing a V6...wait no thats just "Tilted trailer" (beginners traverse)

Above: Kevin setting up for "Rodeo Dyno"

Hungry??? Try one of Athens finest restaurants Casa Nueva, visit them on the world wide webba at www.casanueva.com

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mountwood Mountain Biking Trip Report

Sunday 11-9-08
The day started bright and early with a meeting in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. We loaded up the trailer and headed on our way for a day of intense riding at Mountwood state park in the hills of West Virginia. After a short 45 minute drive we arrived at our destination. Everyone seemed more than eager to set out and see what WV had to offer. After a brief safety meeting we headed out to our first trail the collarbone, that would be the first leg of our 10 mile journey. Not long into our ride it seemed that people were dropping like flies, the leafy slick conditions of the trails made it quite an interesting ride and it seemed that keeping it on two wheels would be a problem. Trail conditions kept us down but not out, after a series of awesome falls and wipe outs lead by Wes H. shoulder checking a giant Oak tree, followed by Ryan W. coming in a little too hot around a corner, it seemed that wiping out would be unavoidable.

As our biking journey continued we came across some trial signs that made us second guess our location and we shortly found out that we had missed a turn or two. (NOTE: Printed internet Mount wood trail maps may not be totally reliable) After a short double back on a few trails we arrived at one of Mountwood's finest single track downhills "The Haystack". The trail was a great flowing downhill with good tight turns and rolling hills, besides the plethora of wipe outs and on going laughter this seemed to be one of the many highlights of our ride.
So we continued on the haystack over a super sketchy man made bridge (Which Wes also took a good fall on) and followed it back to the trail head to get some lunch. After lunch a few of us didn't quite get our fill of WV's sweet single track and decided to take a short 2 mile trail named Copperhead,which was a great end to an awesome trip!!

By: Shane West

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Disc Golf Tour

November 8th

There once were two brave warriors. These warriors were unlike the others, because instead of weapons, they battled with discs. Kevin of Medina is a master smack talk. Although he may not be a great discer, he has been known to take down the best of the best with his words alone. Dustyn of Mount Vernon has shot par fours in as little as 19 throws, although he often sextuples beginner par, he has more heart than any ¾’s of a regular man.

These two warriors challenge you to a grand competition this Saturday, 11-8-08. We shall depart ye olde student center at 8:30 a.m. and head to Great Seal State Park where we will play a full 18 holes, then cook a grand feast of hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and chips. After the hearty meal, we will head on to OU Chillicothe for another full 18 holes of intense battle.
The cost is 8 dollars, and discs can be provided. This outing will last most of the day, and is bound to take a toll physically and mentally on even the stoutest discer, are you up for the challenge?

The details one more time:

Cost = $8 (includes transportation and lunch)

We will meet in the Student Center lobby at 8:30am on Saturday Morning.

Post by - Dusytn

Hocking Hills Trip Report

Last Sunday, 11-2-08 Dan, Joel, and myself were given the chance to lead a trip into the Hocking Hills Climbing and Rappelling Area, and what a trip it was!
It all started with Joel calling me around 7:55 a.m. to tell me that I should have been there a half hour ago, and that he needed me to help him prepare, funny thing was, trip leaders were told to meet at 8:30… apparently someone missed the daylight savings memo.
A half hour later, Dan and I arrived to find the most luxurious conversion van 1987 had to offer. Christened the paddy wagon, it came stock with a power sofa, T.V. with VCR, and two, count em, two tape decks. Awesome.

We got geared up, loaded down, and we were off with 4 students who wanted to see what southern Ohio has to offer. After the short hike in, we set up ropes on rectangle rock, and everyone gave it a shot, one after the other. Along with some fun top rope routes, we did a little bouldering, and general hanging out.
Shane just happened to be hiking through with his gear and decided to introduce us to his puppies and spend the rest of the day with us. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and between good weather, good climbing, snacks, and awesome leadership it turned out to be a great day.

As we packed up, we realized we had picked up a couple strays, none of us wanted to leave the poor dogs out there, so we loaded them up with the ropes and crash pads and made a pit stop at the ranger station. (Also, Joel needed to go boom boom).

By Dustyn

Mountwood Mountain Biking

November 9th
Let Shane and Dustyn show you a little of what WV has to offer. You will spend the day riding the trails at Mountwood State Park, located just outside of Parkersburg, Wv. They plan to ride a few loop trails in the beginning of the day, and another loop in the afternoon. The Mountwood trails are beautiful and well maintained trails that will meet the need of any rider. So come roll with us.

  • Cost is $10
  • We will meet in the Student Center Lobby at 8:30am on Sunday morning, and will try to return before 5pm
  • Bikes and helmets can be provided.
  • You will need to bring your own lunch and snacks.

Sign up fast space is limited.

See some of Mountwood below.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Red River Gorge Backpacking Trip

November 14-16

Are you looking for an escape from the stress's of a fall class? Do you need a chance to just relax? Then check out our trip to Kentucky's Red River Gorge as we explore Daniel Boone National Forest by backpack. We will travel travel easy and well maintained trails so that even the inexperienced can come and enjoy what the "Red" has to offer.

We will camp via tents on Koomer Ridge and hike to the amazing Gray's Arch formation, a naturally formed arch similar to the arches of Arches National Park of Utah. This is a backpacking trip is not to be missed.

Outdoor Pursuits will/can provide:
  • Transportation
  • Backpacks, Sleeping Bag, Tent and more
  • knowledge of the area (just ask James)
You will need to provide:
  • Personal Food for the Weekend
  • positive attitudes
Cost is $45

Mandatory Pretrip Meeting November 12th @ 5pm in the Student Center.

We will depart from the Student Center at 10am on Friday morning and return around 8pm on Sunday night. Don't let this opportunity to sample the awesome backpacking pass you by.

Contact Tim Rice to sign up

rice_t@hocking.edu or 753-6541

Monday, October 27, 2008

Climbing Day Trip to Hocking Hills

Join the Outdoor Pursuits staff on November 2nd, as we take a little trip over to the Hocking Hills climbing and rappelling area, to sample what the "Blackhand" Sandstone has to offer. Spend the day top rope climbing and bouldering with O.P. as we show you the ropes. Staff member will be there to set up the climbs and point the best boulder problems in the area. Whether it be the boulder classics "Wet Willy" , "Six Crack"(pictured above),"The Stripper", "Beached Whale" or one of the many roped lines; Such as "Sex and Candy", "Gear Shift", or the infamously dirty "Side of a Beech". The O.P. Staff will be there with the spot and the classic beta for the send.

Outdoor Pursuits will provide:
  • Transportation
  • climbing gear, including shoes and helmets
  • knowledge of the area (just ask Joel)
You will need to provide:
  • Snacks, Water, and Lunch
  • positive attitudes
Cost is $5

We will depart from the Student Center at 9am on Sunday morning and return around 6pm. Don't let this opportunity to sample the local climbing pass you by.

Contact Tim Rice to sign up

rice_t@hocking.edu or 753-6541

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Natural Resources Climbing Class at the Red River Gorgous

During the week of Oct 20-24, 11 students and an instructor took a little trip!

The trip was for Eco 148, "Sport and Traditional Climbing" a class required for the Eco Tourism and Adventure Travel Students. The plan was to spend the week in the Red River Gorge, to sample all the climbing it could offer, while building the students rope work skills sets. Needless to say we had a blast and learned a thing or two in the process, check out our trip slide show.

As always climb strong and safe and see ya soon!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Coopers Rock Day Trip

So if everyone noticed, there are no day classes on Oct 29. So that means you should have time to come on a climbing trip with Outdoor Pursuits.

We have a trip planned to Coopers Rock State Park in West Virginia. We will leave from the student center around 8:30 am on Wednesday morning and return late Wednesday evening after a day of "Grit Stone" climbing and stop for diner at Black Bear Burritos.

We will be bring Hocking's crash pads so the you can hop on any boulder problem you want, whether it be "Twist da Hick", "Moby's Dick", or "Anti-Elvis" there is sure to be a problem for your liking. We can also supply climbing shoe and the O.P. staff will be there for the spot and positive words of encouragement.

Check out last years trip!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mustache Mayhem in Rocktober

Well little did I know when I planned the trip to Kentucky's Red River Gorge that such diabolic facial hair creations could ever take place. Let me take the time to recount the story of the climbing excursion through my eye's, the trip leader.

Well it was 8:30am Friday morning and we were meeting at the student center to load the trailer and prep the last minute supplies before the participants were to arrive. We had planned to cook a climbers feast so the extra prep time was needed. It was during this period of time when the mayhem was first reveled to my eyes with the arrival of one of the other trip leaders.

Up walks Dustyn with one of the most awkward grins on his face. It is one of those grins that makes you wonder what someone has done or is about to do. As he get closer is see that he groomed is face to leave behind what resembles a "MUSTACHE". (from wikipedia: a A moustache (or mustache) is facial hair grown on the upper lip. Often the term implies that the wearer grows only upper-lip hair while shaving the hair on his chin and cheeks. Growth of all facial hair would constitute a beard) (from mustachemarh.com: A mustache is defined as an island of hair that is at least 1cm (root to root) from the nearest body of facial hair. A mustache is an island. Get it? No isthmuses or peninsulas allowed.)It is not the finest piece of work I have ever seen, but it is mustache none the less. I don't have a chance to respond when I am approached by another mustache, I mean trip leader. To my surprise here is Joel with another. I could tell by the facial hair around me that I was in for a good weekend.

Well by 10am all of the participants had arrived and one (Shane) had even taken the time to go into the Student Center to shave in a last minute stache. We were on the road shortly after, beginning our 4.5 hour commute to the Red River Gorgeous. It wasn't long into the ride that they were trying to talk me into shaving a stach, but I wasn't looking to be that extreme this weekend.

By noon we were all starting to get the urge to feed when we rolled up on the one and only "Hillbilly Hotdogs"(Well I guess there are three, but this was the original) I had mentioned that i would like to stop here if they were open, and they were. So I brought the horse and pony show to a stop across the road from the joints location. I turned to the load of passengers and staches and said that we could stop else where if no one was in mood what the stand had to offer. The stand is basically, shed with two school buses attached and a whole lot of other stuff around it. We all grab menus and took and seat in the attached bus to browse what they had to offer. They had more dogs then you could shake and stick at and even the vegetarian in the group was able to find something on the menu. I passed on the "Hillbilly Double Wide"(a 15lb burger with all the fixens including 24 matters and 2lbs of pickles) and the "Home wrecker"(a 1lb pure beef weenie with the sayin "not to be wreckin' with") and had the standard "Hillbilly Hotdog", "Taco Dog" and "Cheese Fries", all of which were delicious. Next time through I'm itch'n to try the home wrecker.

Back on the open road we began the second leg of the journey to the "Red". We Arrived to our camping spot, located deep on Forest Service rd #9 at about 4pm ish. We quickly set up camp and sorted out gear so that we could make it over to the classic "Bedtime for Bonzono" at the Fortress Crag. We arrive at the base of the climb to find that it was clean and empty, and aw aiting our ascent. We all suited up and with a quick safety talk began the pitch one of this two pitch 5.6 trad climb. Pitch one was a 50 foot ramp to a roof belay station the meet an adjoining ledge. We setup a top belay and got everyone one up to the large chasm ledge. In which the second pitch began. Pitch two started in a dihedral and worked and shallow ledge to leaning crack system. Once you reached the leaning crack system the route became very e xposed as it went out over the trees and the crag floor below. The climb topped out to an amazing view of the river valley and surrounding hills and cliff lines. We were greeted at the top by some local "hikers" carrying and portable boombox cooler. We enjoyed the sunset with them and rappelled to the ground in one continuous 90ft rappel to hike out in the dark, with high spirits and talk of routes to come.

That night was finish off with Joel and I grilling some fabulous steaks, stuffed mushroom and pesto pasta. Joel followed this up with an attempt at a grilled pepper that left both us and him crying, our tears were of pure laughter.

We started Saturday off at Dip Wall which was within walking distance off our campsite. We warmed up on two trad classics, "Green Eggs" and "Ham". These two cracks are side by side and shielded by a large roof. They were the perfect way to start off the day.n The guys even managed to have a mustache party half way up their routes. We from there proceeded over to "Griptosp uridum" where I was thwarted at the crux. I did made it to the top allowing Joel and Dan to top rope the beauty. I will return....

The next two hours was spent driving around to find a not so crowded climbing location. This weekend was the same as "Rocktoberfest", which was hosted by the RRGCC. This climbers festivals brought hundreds of extra climbers to the gorge for a massive fund raising event.
This congestion cause us to drive from area to area until we found ourselves at Roadside crag. Joel took the group up to the 5.9 wall where we roped up "Kampsight" and "All cows eat grass". A 5.9+ and 5.8 respectably, everyone in the group managed to send both routes. While they where climbing Dan and I rop
ed up the best 5.7 in the gorge. The Roadside Crack, 100ft of pure melt your face off climbing. Everyone gave this bird a while and loved it. We finished off the evening with "jump for Joy" another 5.9. It start with a leap from a boulder to two jugs that lead into pocketed climbing. Dan onsighted it on lead and Dustyn grabbed the flash on TR. We returned to the campsite where we all once again grilled some amazing eats.

Sunday the final day was spent at Military wall. We arrived in time to beat the rush of the crowds and roped up four climbs. Sunshine, Stay Left, Percy miss Mercy, and Fuzzy undercling.

We finished the weekend with one last stop and Miguels for some the best pizza that exists.

Stay tunned for our next trip. We won't return to the Red until next spring, but many more adventures will be had in the mean time.

Links to help explain....
Hillbilly Hotdogs
Mustache March

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fall Trip Line Up

This fall is action packed with a variety of pursuits to meet your outdoor needs. The new and talented staff is working to bring you a smoregusboard of adventures. They offer everything from clinics, evening sessions, day trips, weekend outings, and week long excursions, they want you to have it all.


10-12 Red River Gorge Climbing Trip- Looking for a weekend getaway? Look no further and join us for a climbing trip to Kentucky' s Red River Gorge. The "Red"is home to world class climbing, catering to climbers of all skill levels. Come let Hocking's Outdoor Pursuits staff guide you through the sandstone walls of the Red and see why the area is know around the world. From beginner boulder problems to advanced sports routes , we will experience it all. We also can provide you with all the necessary gear you will need. The challenge is what you make it, sign up now.

Red the trip report at Click Here

17-19 High Ropes Weekend Class- Spend the weekend learning the ropes with hocking college outdoor pursuits . Located in the gym of the student center, come and experience the worlds only retractable high ropes course. Get to know the ins and outs of a high ropes course and challenge yourself to many challenging high ropes obstacles.

Cancel due to lack of interest. Check out a previous one. Click Here

29th West Virginia Bouldering Day Trip- Travel with us to the hills of West Virginia and experience some of the areas challenging bouldering problems. Enjoy a day of hiking through the beautiful woods of West Virginia in seek of boulders to challenge the climbing of all skill levels.

2nd Hocking Hills Climbing Day- Come enjoy a day of climbing in the local Hocking hills. Challenge yourself to some of the best bouldering and top rope southeastern Ohio has to offer. Let the Outdoor Pursuits staff show you some of the local climbing hot spots.

Check out the trip write up here

8th Disc Golf Tour- Spend the day with Kevin touring what Chillicothe, Ohio has to offer the Disc Golf enthusiast. We will play one course in the morning, have a grill out and play the second course after lunch and return to Hocking campus in the afternoon. Two full 18 hole course await to challenge your skill. Disc and transportation can be provided.

More Info Click Here

9th Mountain Biking Day Trip-Let Shane and Dustyn show you a little of what WV has to offer. You will spend the day riding the trails at Mountwood State Park, located just outside of Parkersburg. Bike and helmet can be provided.

More Info Click Here

14-16 Daniel Boone National Forest Backpacking Trip- Enjoy spending time in the outdoors? Come spend the weekend backpacking along rivers and through the woods of Kentucky's wonderful national forest. Don't have the gear, no problem we can provide all the necessary equipment you will need.

More Info Click Here


15-19 Sou
thern Climbing/Bouldering Trip- Tour the dirty south and let Outdoor Pursuits guide you to some of the best climbing the south has to offer. We can provide you with all the necessary gear you'll need throughout the weekend. Join us and enjoy the outdoors while challenging yourself to some southern climbing.


Crawlathon- Kentucky caving Event-
This will be the 28th annual CARTER CAVES CRAWLATHON. It is a much anticipated event among the hardy individualists who attend it loyally. It is somewhat unique among "caving" events in that it provides beneficial activities for anyone interested in caves and caving without regard to their level of expertise. Some who attend have never "caved" before, while others may be among the best known cavers in the country. Anyone interested in caves or caving will find something they can do.