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Earlham College
Outdoor Education Office:
Dennis 212

Solomon Climbing Wall

Constructed in memory of Ethan Solomon in 1999 as part of the Athletic and Wellness facility at Earlham College, the climbing wall is an Eldorado Walls design and includes sculpted holds and faces, bolted lead climbs, and a natural crack climb. 10-14 different climbs are set each semester, ranging from beginner to advanced.

Who Can Climb

The climbing wall is open to Earlham College students, faculty, staff as well as the general public. Day and semester passes include the use of the wall, harness, and shoes and can be purchased at the front desk (see rate information below). The wall can also be reserved for private functions (see below). Children must be older than 5 and weigh at least 50 lb to climb. Climbers under 17 must have a parent/guardian sign a liability waiver for minors.


Special Group Use

We welcome community centers, camps, schools, and other organizations to use our wall. Special group use rates start at $75 an hour for up to 8 participants. Birthday parties, club trips, staff outings, family climbing, and personal training are a few examples of special group use. This can be set up ahead of time by contacting us at (765) 983-1790 or email


Rates and Fees

Passes may be purchased at the Wellness Center during regular business hours. Rates and fees are subject to change and include harness, helmet, and shoes.

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Earlham College Students, Faculty & Staff:

First climb of the semester is free!
Day Use Pass: $3.00

5-Climb Pass: $10.00
Semester Pass: $20.00

Wellness Center Members (non-EC):

Day Use Pass: $5.00
5-Climb Pass: $15.00
Semester Pass: $30.00

Non-Wellness Center Members (non-EC):

Day Use Pass: $7.00 + $7.00 AWC Day Pass
5-Climb Pass: $25.00
Semester Pass: $50.00


Open Climb Hours

MON 4-6 pm; 7-9 pm*
TUE 4-6 pm; 7-9 pm*
WED 4-6 pm; 7-9 pm*
THUR 4-6 pm; 7-9 pm*
FRI 4-6 pm
SAT By appointment**
SUN 6-8 pm

* 7-9 pm Session is reserved for AWPE classes for Semester Weeks 1-7, and is an Open Session from Week 8 onwards. Hours subject to change and may vary on Holidays/Semester Breaks. **Contact 765-983-1790 for more information.

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Outdoor Ed AWPE Courses

AWPE 201
Fall and Spring

Indoor Gym Climbing is an introductory course offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM for the first 6 weeks of the semester. The course concludes with each student completing 8 hours of climbing outside of class time before the end of the semester. Indoor Gym Climbing is an AWPE course that counts towards the General Education Wellness requirement.

AWPE 202
Fall and Spring

Intermediate Climbing is offered on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. It is intended to help climbers gain strength, enhance climbing technique, and to promote enthusiasm for the sport of rock climbing. Beginning in Fall 2017 the course will include weekend day trips to experience climbing at a large regional gym and at an outdoor crag. Intermediate Climbing is an AWPE course that counts towards the General Education Wellness requirement.

AWPE 304
Spring Semester

The Outdoor Rock Climbing Seminar is an advanced field-based course intended to give participants the skills necessary to safely venture into the field of outdoor rock climbing. Students receive training in outdoor top-rope site management, anchor setting, sport climbing/leading fundamentals, and coaching/teaching techniques. In addition to two local day-trips, there is an Early Semester Break trip to Red River Gorge, KY or Devil’s Lake, WI.


Want to climb more?

Outdoor Climbing in the area:

John Bryan State Park, Yellow Springs, OH

Mad River Gorge & Nature Preserve, Springfield, OH

Red River Gorge, KY

Climbing Gyms in the area:

Climb Time Indy
EPIC Climbing + Fitness (Indy)
Hoosier Heights (Indy)
Urban Krag (Dayton)
Miami University Climbing Center (Oxford, OH)

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