Allison Hughes assessed the bouldering wall in front of her at UTC's Aquatic and Recreation Center, then picked a spot to start.
"Get it, Alli," yelled one of the students watching.
They cheered as Hughes, the coordinator of outdoors for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's campus recreation department, navigated the climb with ease.
While the gathering appeared to be a group of students relaxing with some physical activity after a day of classes and homework, it was more than that. It was an event in a unique, fledgling program at UTC — a living learning community called WILD that is capitalizing on Chattanooga's outdoor culture.