Prepping for graduation, Briar Cliff students climb 53-foot wall

Briar Cliff Climbing Club
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."

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