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Rappel off a 16 Story Building!!!

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Hey Everyone! We only need to raise another $203 by tomorrow Thursday (Sept 19) in order to send all 4 of our NM Backpacking Group fundraisers "Over the Edge"! Three people have already raised their $1,000 but April still needs our help. It's a great cause and a great way for our group to contribute something good to our communities. So please help!

Click on the 2nd link below then go to the "Teams" tab. You'll see April's name to contribute.

There are a lot of noble fundraisers in New Mexico, but few involve something directly related to backpacking -- like a rappel. Special Olympics New Mexico will be offering the opportunity to rappel off the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building (16 stories) in downtown Albuquerque on Friday, September 20, 2013. To participate, you must raise at least $1,000 by September 13 (that only takes 20 people contributing $50 each, or 50 people contributing $20 each). Rappellers must be at least 14 years old and weigh between 100 and 300 pounds. Hopefully, several of our members will qualify. ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE 2600 NEW MEXICO SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETES!

If you don't feel like raising $1,000 in order to rappel, the street will be closed off and you can watch the folks who have raised that amount rappel. Also, the City will have a free climbing wall on the street.

Additionally, there will be a climbing speaker on Friday evening -- Craig DeMartino -- a climber and an amputee with an amazing story to tell. Google his name or "Gimp Monkeys" and watch the video on YouTube about the first all-disabled team climb of El Capitan in Yosemite. More details on this later.

For more information and to register to fundraise for a rappel spot, you must go to:
www.overtheedgenm.comand click on the "To Register: Click here" button. You should register individually, but if you join team New Mexico Backpackers, it will help any of our members locate you.

To support one of our rappellers, go to

and go to team New Mexico Backpackers and look for a familiar name.

So far, in our group, we have the following rappellers:

Colleen Gregory

Kimberly Feagans

April Elliot

Jim Reist

(If you register, let us know so we can add your name to the list).

RSVPing on our Meetup site does NOT register you to fundraise for a spot as a rappeller! If you want to start fundraising for a spot to rappel, you must go to the website!