NMSU Outdoor Recreation hosted the First Annual Las Cruces Climbing Festival September 25-28th, 2014. The four-day event kicked off with a gear demo and slideshow presentations by professional climbers Nick Duttle, NMSU Alumni, and Sam Davis, doctorate student. On Friday, hundreds gathered downtown for a street festival full of fun, food, and local, regional, and national conservation and climbing organizations. The evening was highlighted by the New Mexico premiere of the musical group, Valley Uprising.
On Saturday, individuals participated in the Aggie Shootout Climbing Competition at the NMSU Activity Center climbing wall. On Sunday, NMSU partnered with the Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad, Sessions Climbing, and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance to provide outdoor opportunities to Hueco Tanks, Rough and Ready Hills, Valles Canyon, and kids’ clinics at the NMSU Activity Center. In total, over 800 people joined us for the weekend’s activities and celebration of climbing and the outdoor community.
The Campus Health & Wellness Centers also participated in Tough Enough to Wear Pink events this past week. Health & Wellness set up health education and outreach tables at the lighting of the luminaries and student pink dinner.
The Activity Center hosted a glow in the dark volleyball tournament and Zumba event. Efforts to promote breast cancer prevention will continue next week when the Mobile Mammography unit returns to campus on October 6 and 7 and Clinical Breast Screenings will be held on October 15 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Campus Health Center.