Photo courtesy Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal
Briar Cliff University senior Desi Beckmann climbs the rock wall at Long Lines Family Rec Center in Sioux City. Demi is one of a dozen students who helped found BCU’s first ever rock climbing club.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Cailee Conlon, 25, is hoping to end her college career on a high note.
While the Sioux City native will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and human performance on Saturday, she is just as psyched about the rock climbing trip she'll be taking with her friends.
Rock climbing is like solving a big puzzle ... You're always trying to figure which climbing hold to use for your hands and which ones to use for your feet.
— Cailee Conlon ('16), BCU climbing club founder
"We're going up to (Luverne, Minnesota's) Blue Mounds State Park," Conlon said. "It will be my first outdoor rock climbing experience and I can't wait."
That isn't to say that Conlon doesn't already have plenty of climbing experience. She's the founding member of Briar Cliff's first-ever rock climbing club.
The club — which has as many as 12 regular members — climbs the 53-foot-tall wall at the Long Lines Family Rec Center every Wednesday night.
"Rock climbing is so much fun," Conlon said, preparing for a climb. "You're using practically every muscle in your body, so it's a great workout."
"Rock climbing is like solving a big puzzle," she added. "You're always trying to figure which climbing hold to use for your hands and which ones to use for your feet."