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NMSU students become adventurous in the fall

Students at New Mexico State University have the opportunity to surf, ski, sail and hike at locations across the southern United States this fall as part of the NMSU Outdoor Adventure Program.


sion of the program is to provide NMSU students, faculty and staff with "enjoyable, educational and well-managed outdoor adventure activities at affordable prices." The program offers trips and clinics that teach participants everything from lead climbing to mountain biking and kayaking.

Ben Gabriel, assistant director of intramurals, said the experiences gained from participating in activities outdoors may help bond friends and family.

"Being in nature creates a holistic and balanced lifestyle, bringing physical, mental and spiritual wellness together," Gabriel said. "It is vital for students to experience outdoor activities to help develop lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles."

The Outdoor Adventure Program has planned several trips for Fall 2005:

Sept. 2-5, San Diego surfing, $200
Friday, Sept. 9, Full moon overnight at White Sands National Monument, $10
Saturday, Sept. 24, Mountain biking at Lincoln National Forest, $25
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Sailing at Elephant Butte State Park, $30
Oct. 14-16, Backpacking in the Gila National Forest, $20
Nov. 18-20, Skiing in Wolf Creek, Colo., TBA
Dec. 12-17, Southwest Expedition in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico (includes camping, climbing, skiing and mountain biking), $300
The program allows students, faculty and staff the opportunity to borrow equipment including climbing equipment, backpacks, tents, kayaks, rafts, mountain bikes and much more for any adventure they would like to take. Requirements for renting include a current NMSU I.D. and a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when equipment is returned on time and undamaged.
Also offered through the program is the Climbing Wall, located in NMSU's Activity Center. It is 25 feet high and 33 feet wide and allows users to practice lead climbing, test the wall surfaces or learn how to climb.

This year, the program will operate the new Bike and Board shop, which will offer the equipment needed to service and repair bikes, skis or snowboards. The shop is do-it-yourself, but provides instruction for those who need assistance.

The programs office hours are Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Bike Shop from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Climbing Wall from 3 to 11 p.m. For more information about clinics or trips, or for reservations, contact the Outdoor Adventure Program at (505) 646-4252 or oap@nmsu.edu.