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Claire Creason

Director of Youth Programming and Merchandise

What is your favorite part about working at Climb Iowa?

Choosing favorite things is one of my least favorite things to do, so, naturally, I can’t pinpoint my favorite thing about working at Climb Iowa. Coaching is definitely up there. Watching young climbers develop a love for the sport of rock climbing is a special part of my job. It’s fun to see the kids get excited about a game or an activity. It’s also wonderful to get to watch kids progress towards their goals.

Honestly, another one of the great things about working at Climb Iowa is the atmosphere. I really enjoy the people that I work with as well as our eclectic bunch of members. Climbers seem to come from a lot of different backgrounds, so it’s interesting to connect with people, hear their story and get to know their personality.

What is your favorite quote?

“Everyone begins as a child liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Haven’t you ever noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children- and the dogs. They know what snow is made for.”

That Hideous Strength

What started you into climbing?

I started climbing at UNI with a couple of friends. It started as a little hobby that we’d do occasionally. Eventually, our occasional hobby turned into a very regular activity. A few of us were on the track and field team and after realizing how often we were climbing, our coach tried to forbid us from climbing …she wasn’t successful.

If you could live anywhere you want, where would it be?

If I were given the opportunity to live anywhere that I so desired, I would have a very difficult time deciding where it was that I desired to live. There are so many wonderful places that it would be too difficult to choose one place above all others. However, to narrow it down, I can tell you that the place I would choose would most likely not be a tropical location.

What other activities do you enjoy?

Among other things, I enjoy-

organizing and declutterizing both my stuff and other people’s stuff, cleaning holds at Climb Iowa (brushing chalk off of them and washing them), and wandering aimlessly through nature and through some of my other favorite places like Wal-Mart or the local shopping mall.

What is the coolest thing you have done?

There are a lot of things that I have done that I consider to be cool…not because I’m cool, but because there are a lot of cool things to do. One experience in particular that contained a lot of “cool” things was travelling with Miss. Amy Joens for three months after we graduated college and before we each settled down into our adult lives with steady jobs, 401k plans, and other such adult things that I don’t know much about.

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