Story by Megan Auren
Climb Iowa Club is entering its sophomore year at Drake University. The organization encourages students to take advantage of weekly rock climbing opportunities by offering personal benefits through physical activity.
The club outings occur every weekend and occasionally on weekdays at the facility Climb Iowa in Grimes, Iowa.
Sophomore and Vice President, McKyla Carson said rock climbing is a challenge but offers many benefits like learning about oneself
“(Rock climbing is) a giant puzzle on the wall that you have to solve, ”Carson said.
Self-discovery is a major goal of many college students in search of the path they’ll follow the rest of their lives.
Sophomore and Climb Iowa President Nina Liu utilizes rock climbing as a form of self-expression.
Liu finds rock climbing is rewarding, but she especially likes when others learn that as well.
“The situations when people who were afraid to climb find out that they love it (is most rewarding,” Liu said.
A more well-known benefit of rock climbing is its offering of exercise. However, it doesn’t always feel like you’re exercising said Benjamin Johnson, Climb Iowa Club’s vice president of risk management.
“It’s a nice workout except you aren’t focusing on working out, you’re focusing on attaining a goal,” Johnson said.
The supportive atmosphere is a motivational factor for many.
Johnson said climbing in a group means that the club members can offer tips and directions on what move and where to move on the wall next.
Climb Iowa Club is excited to plan more activities and fulfill its mission of encouraging students to try new things. It plans to do so by coordinating an overnight lock-in at Climb Iowa’s facility and arrange an outdoor rock climbing trip.
The club encourages all levels of rock climbers.
A day-pass with rock climbing gear is available for $16. For club members who are serious about their climbing, there is a special semester membership with rock climbing gear available for $200.