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NMSU Rec-Sports will hold benefit for recovery and memorial of climbers

Early in June, the rock climbing community was rocked by news that three American climbers had been lost in an avalanche in an isolated part of Southwest China. After several days of search and rescue two bodies were recovered, but the third remains unfound.

To help fund continuing the search and the memorial services for the three climbers, New Mexico State University's Outdoor Recreation will screen Sender Film's "The Sharp End," an adrenaline-soaked journey up the world's most challenging walls.

The film benefit will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Rio Grande Theatre.

"The spirit of these extraordinary climbers is featured in this film," said Ben Gabriel, assistant director of NMSU Rec-Sports and organizer of the film benefit. "They were the type of men who pushed for environmental ethics and promoted climbing, hiking or any type of outdoor activity to connect with the environment."

Gabriel said these climbers had inspired him for the idea for Rec-Sport's Adventure Arts Series, a series that includes music and films geared toward broadening the outdoor community at NMSU.

"Many people don't realize what opportunities there are for outdoor activities around the Las Cruces area," Gabriel said.

For more information on the search and memorial for the climbers, visit http://www.adventurefilm.org.

For more information on the film benefit, contact Gabriel at (575) 646-4746.