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Outdoor Pursuits Program hosts memorial hike to Spanish Peaks 9/11

Image courtesy of CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits
Image courtesy of CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits
Image courtesy of CSU-Pueblo Outdoor Pursuits

The organizers of the Outdoor Pursuits Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo will take interested participants on a hike to the top of West Spanish Peak Sept. 11. The cost of the trip is $27 for students and free for active duty military, veterans and first responders.

The registration deadline for the trip is Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. The trip fee includes cost of transportation.

The group plans to ascend the peak’s summit. Outdoor Pursuits Public Relations and Marketing Supervisor, Jennifer de Groot, will accompany the hikers on the trip.

“Students can get a bird’s eye view of Pueblo and the Sangre De Cristo Mountains,” de Groot said. She said the weather is perfect for hiking in September.

“We will have enough time to make it to the top before noon. In the afternoon storms come in.”

Students have the opportunity to purchase an Outdoor Pursuits co-op for $40 per semester, which allows students to rent equipment and outdoor gear at no additional cost.

The Outdoor Pursuits Office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 – 5 p.m. The program offers outdoor gear and supplies for to rent.

The organization is currently offering a $10 discount to students who sign up for both the West Spanish Peak and Marian Mine Fall Colors trips. The Marian Mine trip is scheduled for Sept. 24.

De Groot said that her favorite part of participating in Outdoor Pursuits is how the program takes advantage of Pueblo’s natural resources.

“There is so much to see and explore. Outdoor Pursuits makes that a reality for the students of CSU-Pueblo,” she added.