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  • Tom Smyth, In Memoriam

    Tom Smyth, In Memoriam

    Penn Stater Magazine memorialized the late Tom Smyth in its July/August 2020 issue with this profile. Mount Nittany’s Tom Smyth Overlook is named in his honor.

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  • Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma and Circle K Mountain Work Parties

    Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work parties in October 2019. The first photo features nine women from Penn State Gamma Sigma Sigma, and the second photo features members of the Penn State Circle K chapter: Please leave this field empty Get Mount Nittany News in Your Inbox First name * Last name * Email Address * We respect your inbox. Check your inbox or spam to confirm your subscription.

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  • Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy Work Party

    Scenes from the trail during the Mount Nittany Conservancy volunteer work party with Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. Saint Joe’s did a great job helping clear downed trees along the outer trail loop (until we ran out of oil for the chainsaw). They also did an amazing job clearing a few of the overlooks—specifically the Boalsburg, Rockview, and Nittany Mall Overlooks. They also put a huge dent in clearing away debris and reorganizing logs at the Deeded Square Inches space. Please…

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  • ‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

    ‘Do you know the origin of that word, saunter?’

    John Muir, as quoted in The Mountain Trail and Its Message in 1911: “Hiking—I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains—not hike! Do you know the origin of that word, ‘saunter’? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte…

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  • Le Mont: ‘The End of the Mountain’

    Le Mont: ‘The End of the Mountain’

    Anyone traveling to Mount Nittany’s trailhead for a scenic hike will have passed through a little Pennsylvania village named Lemont. Lemont is the community at the base of Mount Nittany. Or, perhaps another way of thinking of it is that Lemont is something like Mount Nittany’s base camp and is, in fact, the true start of a Mount Nittany hike. John Blair Linn (1831-1899)’s the History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania, which was published in 1883, explains (pp. 274-275)…

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  • Mount Nittany and the Goodyear blimp

    Mount Nittany and the Goodyear blimp

    Steve Blake shared these photos of Mount Nittany earlier today, just hours prior to the Penn State/Ohio State Whiteout at Beaver Stadium. Please leave this field empty Get Mount Nittany News in Your Inbox First name * Last name * Email Address * We respect your inbox. Check your inbox or spam to confirm your subscription.

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  • In Memory of Amy Dietz

    In Memory of Amy Dietz

    Amy Dietz (1963-2018) was a member of the faculty at the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at Penn State. She helped create LER’s online program, served as a faculty member in the program, and was the student advisor for all of the School’s MPS students in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER). She was also a devoted hiker. She relished her mornings, afternoons, or evenings on Mt. Nittany. During the last week of June LER hosted our online…

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