Outdoor Action Newsletter

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March - May '99

Last page update 04/06/99

Table of Contents




Frosh Trip ‘99 Meeting

If you are interested being a leader, manager, or support staff for the Frosh Trip, come to a general information meeting. Anyone who will be observing the first night of Passover or who has classes is not expected to attend. We will post any special information from the meeting on the Web. Applications are available at the OA Office in the Armory or on the Frosh Trip Home Page.

Wednesday, March 31, 7:30 PM
McCormick 101

Wilderness Seminars

Outdoor Safety Management Workshop

Planning an outdoor trip? Learn how to increase your margin of safety in the backcountry by learning how to identify accident risks in the field and what to do when the accident potential increases. An important workshop for all backcountry travelers.

Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62
Thursday, May 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62

Climb Against the Odds – Princeton Women’s Ascent of Mt. McKinley for the Breast Cancer Fund - Cosponsored by the Women's Center

denaliclimb1.jpg (71596 bytes)Did you know that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer? Last June five Princeton women climbers joined with a group of women breast cancer survivors to climb Mt. McKinley in Alaska. The Climb Against the Odds was sponsored by the Breast Cancer Fund to raise awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds for breast cancer research. The Climb has raised over $300,000 for breast cancer research, education and support. Majka Burhardt ’99 and MaryAnn Castimore will show slides and a portion of the PBS documentary of the adventures and challenge of their climb of the highest peak in North America.

Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30 PM
McCormick 101

Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail: A Slide Presentation

The 2,150 mile Appalachian Trail is an historic trail which extends from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It passes over and through some of the most beautiful mountain ranges on the east coast including the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the 100-mile wilderness in Maine. In the spring of 1997 Ken Robbins completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Join us as Ken speaks about his experiences on the trail.

Monday, April 19 at 7:30 PM
Robertson Hall Bowl 6

Retendo - Advanced Kayak Rodeo Moves Video

Whitewater kayak rodeo moves have turned the paddling world upside down. You’ll see advanced wave surfing, hole riding, pirouettes, cartwheels and other aerial moves.

Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 PM, McCosh 60

Masters of Stone Video

This is an engaging and humorous film that will inspire you to spend time on rock.

Thursday, April 29, 7:30 PM, McCosh 66

Rock Climbing

Beginners Rock Climbing Course

If you are interested in learning to rock climb, then this 2-week course will teach you all the essential techniques of climbing, including tying in and belaying, and specific climbing techniques like weight shifting, stemming, and laybacks. Course fee: Students $65.00, faculty/staff $90.00.

Tuesday and Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30 PM, March 30, April 1, 6, and 8 - Day Trip to Local Area, Sunday, April 11

climber1edge.jpg (15523 bytes)Top Rope Climbing Techniques Course

This course covers climbing hardware, rope care, tying into natural anchors, equalizing loads, rappelling, and advanced belay techniques. Instructors will also work on advanced climbing techniques. Participants must have completed the Beginners Rock Climbing Course or be competent with basic climbing and belaying skills. Course Fee: students $65.00, OA Leaders $35.00, faculty/staff $90.00.

Tuesday and Thursdays 4:30 - 6:30 PM, April 13, 15, 20 and 22 & Day Trip on Sunday, April 25

Basic Rock Climbing Day Trips

Rock Climbing gives you a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally as you steadily work your way up a rock face. OA is offering a number of Rock Climbing Day Trips designed to teach beginners basic climbing and rappelling skills and allow those who have previous climbing experience to refine their climbing and rope handling abilities. No previous climbing experience is necessary. Trip Fee: students $15.00, faculty/staff $20.00. The trips will last all day and participants should bring lunch.

Saturday, April 10
Sunday, April 18
Friday, April 23

OA Climbing Wall Open Hours

The Outdoor Action Climbing Wall is an indoor rock climbing practice facility located in the Armory next to Jadwin Gym. The Climbing Wall is open only to students, faculty, and staff of Princeton University. PUID required. Children of members of the University community are allowed to climb only with a parent present. The Climbing Wall is open the following times during the academic year.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:30 - 6:30 PM and Tuesdays, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Belaying Classes & Climber Authorization

OA offers free belaying classes for new climbers to give you instruction on how to tie-in and belay. Come down at 5:00 PM during each day of regular Wall hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or at 8:30 PM on Tuesdays.

Off-hours Climbing

Climbers who have been tested and authorized by the Climbing Wall staff are eligible to climb at the Wall during off-hours. To be authorized you must have passed the Belaying Class and demonstrate proficiency in rope handling and setup. Off-hours climbers are required to purchase a Wall Pass.


Beginners Whitewater Kayaking Course

If you are interested in learning how to kayak, whether for gentle cruises on a lake or challenging whitewater, then this is the course for you. OA is offering a comprehensive kayaking course with a day-long paddling trip. You don’t need any prior experience to take this course. We begin with basic flatwater and stroke skills on Lake Carnegie and then move to moving water and easy whitewater maneuvers like Eddy Turns, Peel Outs, and Ferries. Course Fee: students $75.00, faculty/staff $100.00, OA Leaders $45.00. All equipment will be provided by OA.

Kayaking A: Monday and Wednesday 4:30 - 6:30 PM April 5, 7, 12, 14
Dillon Pool Session Thursday, April 1 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Day River Trip on Sunday, April 18

Kayaking B: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 6:30 PM
April 13, 15, 20, 22
Dillon Pool Session Thursday, April 1 9:00 - 10:30 PM
Day River Trip on Sunday, April 25

Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Surfing

Kayak2edge.jpg (12629 bytes)If you are an intermediate whitewater paddler with a good Eskimo Roll, this course will help you expand your paddling skills. These trips will use local play rapids to focus on advanced stroke work, surfing, boat control, and rodeo moves. The trips will go to Scudder’s Falls on the Delaware River. You must have previous whitewater experience at the Class II level. All equipment will be provided by OA. Trip fee: students $18.00, faculty/staff $25.00 (discount if you provide your own equipment). If you have not been on an OA paddling trip before, please contact Rick Curtis at 8-3552 to discuss your previous paddling experience.

Friday, April 9, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday, April 16, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Trips

For experienced whitewater paddlers there will be several Intermediate Whitewater Kayaking Trips. The trips are limited to people who have previous whitewater experience at the Class II - III level. All equipment will be provided by OA. Trip fee: students $18.00, faculty/staff $25.00. There is a $10 equipment discount if you have your own kayak. The trip dates will be:

Saturday, April 10 - Lehigh River, PA (Class II-III)
Saturday, April 24 - Lehigh River, PA (Class II-III)

River Rescue Course

Anyone who paddles on whitewater should be competent at handling basic river rescue. This one-day river rescue course is specifically designed for whitewater paddlers. It is a hands-on course that will be taught on and in the water on the Delaware River. You will learn how to rescue swimmers with throw ropes and tows, rescue from strainers and foot entrapment, and more. Course Fee: students $25.00, OA Leaders $15.00, faculty/staff $40.00. Priority will be given to OA leaders. Join us for the River Rescue video on Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 23, 1:00 – 6:00 PM

Earth Day & Day of Service Activities

In celebration of Earth Day, Outdoor Action will be offering a number of service-oriented outdoor activities. All activities are free. We encourage you to get involved and join us outdoors for a day of service.

Institute Woods Clean-up Hike

Join us for an afternoon hike through the Institute woods. In celebration of Earth Day we will collect garbage and clean the trails as we walk. Join us in the interest of keeping one of our local natural reserves beautiful and clean. There is no fee for this trip.

Saturday, April 17, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Mt. Tammany Earth Day Clean-up Hike

As part of this year’s celebration of Earth Day, Outdoor Action is sponsoring a clean-up hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Delaware Water Gap. The summit of Mount Tammany offers spectacular views into the Delaware River. This should be a beautiful spring day for a hike, a chance to meet new people, and to do something for the earth. We will hike to the summit of Mount Tammany picking up trash. Participants should have sturdy walking shoes and bring lunch. There is no fee for this trip.

Saturday, April 17

Community Service

wallkids4edge.jpg (23366 bytes)Outdoor Action and the Princeton-Blairstown Center are working with a variety of schools and social service agencies to provide experiential learning programs for urban youth and at-risk youth in the Mercer County area. We are looking for a group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to devote their time and energy to making a difference in the lives of youth.

LAMP - Leadership Among Multicultural Persons

This is our fourth year working with a multicultural group of students from Princeton High School. This dedicated group of students has taken on the challenging task of combating racism in the Princeton School District through innovative performances at local elementary schools. Our work is to help them prepare themselves to be group facilitators for their upcoming work in local schools. We meet with them for 2 hours every other week. Sign up on the second floor of Clio Hall.

"Dead Week" Trips

Shenandoah Backpacking

hikersedge.jpg (39904 bytes)Spring is a special time in the Shenandoah Mountains in northern Virginia. The peaks of the Shenandoahs provide great hiking and beautiful vistas to the valleys below. OA is offering a 4-day backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. The trip will cover 6-8 miles each day and will teach basic wilderness and leave no trace camping skills. Equipment will be provided by OA. Trip Fee: students $85.00, faculty/staff $110.00. Sign-up deadline: Friday, May 7.

Sunday, May 23 - Wednesday, May 26



Delaware River Canoeing

The Delaware River in the springtime is a beautiful setting for a canoe trip. OA is offering a 4- day flat water canoe trip to northern New Jersey in the Delaware Water Gap. Leaders will teach paddling technique and leave no trace camping skills. The group will camp along the meandering river at backcountry campsites. Equipment will be provided by OA. Trip Fee: students $85, faculty/staff $110. Sign-up deadline: Friday, May 7.
Sunday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 26

Frosh Trip Program 1999

The Outdoor Action Frosh Trip is the largest wilderness orientation program in the United States. Once again we are starting up our planning for FT ’99 scheduled for Sunday, September 5 - Friday, September 10. A program that sends over 750 people out into the wilderness for 6 days requires a large number of hard working people to pull things together. OA is looking for Managers, Support Drivers, and Leaders. If you are interested in joining us on this adventure, come to a general information meeting on Wednesday, March 31, at 7:30 PM in McCormick 101 or contact the OA Office at 8-3552. Applications are available at the OA Office in the Armory or on the Web and are due on Friday, April 16. For more information check out the Frosh Trip Web Page.

Leaders Needed

Leading an OA Frosh Trip is a wonderful way to help orient new students to Princeton. If you have completed or will have completed all the requirements to be an OA Leader by the end of the year, you are eligible to apply to lead a Frosh Trip. Applications are available at the OA Office. Applications are due by Friday, April 16.

Support Staff Needed

Support Staff are an essential resource for the Frosh Trip. Teams of two people are stationed near different trip areas in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. During the week they may shuttle groups back and forth between the river and trail, resupply groups with equipment, deliver water drops, and provide transportation in special situations. Food, comfortable lodging, and all expenses are covered during the week. You need to have a valid driver’s license to be eligible and need to complete the University Van Driver Training Program this spring. If you are interested in being part of the great FT ’99 adventure, pick up an application form at the OA Office. Applications are due Friday, April 16.

Managers Needed

Managers handle the pre-trip logistics including equipment and food distribution, check-out, and bus departure. During the week, Managers staff the OA Communications Center to manage logistics for groups in the field. At the end of the trip, Managers handle group check-in. All expenses are covered during the week. If you are interested in being part of the great FT ’99 adventure, please pick up an application form at the OA Office. Applications are due Friday, April 16.

Faculty and Staff Join us on FT ’99

Each year OA selects a few faculty and staff to participate in the Frosh Trip. It is a special experience for first-year students to hike down the trail with a faculty or staff member. Detailed information is available at the OA Web site. For faculty, the trip is over before Orientation Week begins. Staff may be able to participate without having it count as vacation days (subject to your supervisor’s approval). This year’s trip is scheduled for Sunday, September 5 - Friday, September 10. If you are interested in participating, please pick up an application at the OA Office in the Armory, download one from the OA Web site (www.princeton.edu/~oa/ft) or call 8-3552. Applications are due Friday, May 14.

The Outdoor Action Leader Training Program

Outdoor Action encourages all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the OA Leader Training Program. OA’s Leader Training Program is considered one of the most comprehensive in the nation and has been used as a model by numerous other schools.

Basic Wilderness Leader Requirements

As well as learning valuable wilderness skills, participants develop leadership, group facilitation, safety, and first aid skills. Upon completion of the training program, you are eligible to apply to lead OA wilderness trips. These trainings are offered twice each semester. The Leader Training Trip will serve to tie together all of the other skills that you have learned in workshops. Therefore, you should have completed all of the other Leader Training Requirements before taking your Leader Training Trip. You may still be completing requirements while you are taking the pre-trip classes for the Leader Training Trip, but you should be complete before the 5-day trip begins.

Backpacking Leader Training Courses

Leading a backpacking trip requires extensive training in wilderness camping skills. The Backpacking Leader Training Course is a 5-week course designed to teach all the wilderness skills necessary to lead multi-day backpacking trips, including: route planning, equipment preparation, wilderness travel techniques, map and compass, minimal impact camping, etc. The course will meet for two hours per week and will culminate in a 5-day backpacking trip. Trip participants will plan all aspects of the trip including route, food, and equipment, and each participant is required to research and teach a class on a particular wilderness topic. You are required to attend all the weekly classes. The text for the course will be The Backpacker’s Field Manual, written by OA and published by Random House. You will need to have completed all of the other OA Leader Requirements in order to go on the Leader Training Trip. Trip fee: students $85.00, faculty/staff $110.00 which includes The Backpacker’s Field Manual. Participants must sign up by Friday, April 9. Trip dates:

Saturday, May 22 - Wednesday, May 26
(Final trip preparation begins Friday afternoon)

Monday, May 24 - Friday, May 28
(tentatively scheduled)
(Final trip preparation begins Sunday afternoon)

First Aid & Safety Training

HEART Wilderness First Aid & CPR Course

Health Education and Rescue Training (HEART) is offering a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid Course, which includes CPR. This intensive course will cover patient examination and evaluation, body systems and anatomy, wound care, splinting, environmental emergencies, and backcountry medicine. This is an excellent course and is highly recommended to all wilderness travelers. The course is taught by experienced Wilderness First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians. There is extensive hands-on practice of skills through realistic simulations of actual wilderness emergencies. Course Fee: students $76.00, faculty/staff $95.00. All classes will meet in A07 Jadwin Hall.

CPR Courses

Course fee: students $16.00, faculty/staff $20.00. The course dates will be:

Adult CPR - Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 - 11:30 PM, 225 East Pyne
Infant & Child CPR - Thursday, April 30, 7:30 - 11:30 PM, 219 East Pyne

Outdoor Safety Management Seminar

This seminar is designed to make all wilderness travellers familiar with the causes of accidents in the wilderness, and to provide you with tools to help prevent them.

Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62
Thursday, May 6, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, McCosh 62

Van Driver Training

Van Driver Training is a two-hour training class and complete a 15-minute road test. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Public Safety Office.

Wednesday, March 24, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, McCosh 66
Thursday, April 29, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, McCosh 66
Tuesday, May 25, 9:30 - 11:30 AM, McCosh 66

Group Dynamics & Leadership Training

Facilitator’s Workshop

Facilitating groups requires developing special sensitivities to teachable moments. This workshop will train Outdoor Action leaders, SVC volunteers, Community House volunteers or others interested in specific techniques including group contracts, sequencing activities, initiative problems, and debriefing and processing techniques. This is a hands-on, experiential workshop. Be prepared to have fun! This workshop is open to anyone. There is no fee for this workshop.

Sunday, April 18, 12:00 noon - 8:00 PM
Liberation Hall, The Third World Center

Leadership & Group Dynamics Workshop

One of the greatest challenges of being a group leader is learning how to lead and motivate a group, and how to use the small group experiences to promote self-exploration and learning. This workshop is designed to teach OA leaders, SVC Volunteers, Community House Tutors and others how to effectively lead groups. The workshop will focus on listening and communication skills, stages of group development, conflict resolution, and the situational leadership model. This is a hands-on, experiential based workshop so be prepared to be active and to have fun. There is no fee for this workshop. You must have completed the Facilitators Workshop previously in order to attend.

Sunday, April 25, 12:00 noon - 8:00 PM
Liberation Hall, The Third World Center

Climb Mt. Princeton in Colorado this summer!

summit1edge.jpg (25268 bytes)Come to Colorado this July for the second official climb of majestic Mount Princeton with Princeton students and alumni, their families and friends. This promises to be a wonderful opportunity for Princetonians and friends to meet each other and share in a great adventure.

Mt. Princeton is located in the southern Rocky Mountains and rises from the valley floor at 7,059 to 14,197 feet affording spectacular views. The hike to the top of Mt. Princeton is 13 miles round trip.

We have scheduled several optional activities exploring the beautiful Colorado Rockies: mountain biking, fly fishing, beginners rock climbing, or beginners whitewater kayaking on July 14, and whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River on July 17. We will also feature lectures by Charles Demarest ’64 on his successful ascent of Mt. Everest and Kenneth Deffeyes *59, Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus, on the geology and formation of the Rockies.

Enrollment Options

The Ponderosa Plan package includes a five-night stay at a rustic lodge—Tuesday, July 13 to Sunday, July 18, the day hike on the Colorado Trail on Thursday, July 15, the Mount Princeton Climb and western barbecue on July 16. ($450/person - $100 deposit)

The Climb & Barbecue option includes joining the group for the day hike on the Colorado Trail on Thursday, July 15 and the Mount Princeton climb on Friday, July 16. ($60/person - $60 deposit).

Registration forms are available at the Armory or on the Web at www.princeton.edu/~oa/alumni/mtpu/.

Summer Jobs

Frosh Trip Program Coordinators

Each year we hire two OA Leaders for the summer to coordinate all the planning for the Frosh Trip. This is a great summer job that offers lots of responsibility and a great work environment. The position is 12 weeks of work with one week off; the other week of vacation will be spent in Colorado helping with the Mt. Princeton Climb for which all expenses are paid. Qualifications: You must have completed all of the leader training requirements, have lead at least one multi-day OA trip and be an authorized van driver. Salary: $3,000 with a $500 housing allowance. Applications are available at the OA Office or www.princeton.edu/~oa/jobs.

Class of 1969 Summer Service Internship

This position is designed to expand OA’s community service initiatives through developing partnerships with new community organizations, developing training programs for students, and providing experiential activities for urban youth in the Mercer County area as well as outside New Jersey. This is an exciting summer internship that includes work both on campus and at the Princeton Blairstown Center. Salary: The job pays $2,800 for 10 weeks. Applications are available at the OA Office or www.princeton.edu/~oa/jobs.

Princeton Blairstown-Center Summer Camp

The Princeton-Blairstown Center has openings for staff in its summer camp program. Each summer PBC offers an outdoor adventure program for urban youth ages 10 - 17. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to work in the outdoors. If interested contact the Blairstown Office at 908-362-6765. Additional information is available on the Blairstown Web site (webware.princeton.edu/PBCenter).

Outdoor Action trips and activities are only open to Princeton University students, faculty, and staff. Specially listed activities are open to Princeton University alumni and their families.

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