Climbing Wall, Outdoor Education | Earlham College

Solomon Climbing Wall

Constructed by Eldorado Wall Systems in 1999 as part of the Athletic and Wellness facility at Earlham College, the climbing wall is state of the art and includes sculpted holds and faces, bolted lead climbs, and a natural crack climb. 10-14 different climbs are set 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 right). The wall can also be reserved for private functions (see below). Children must be older than 5 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 $50 an hour for 8 participants. Birthday parties, 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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First climb of the semester is free!
Day Use Pass: $3.00

5-Climb Pass: $10.00
Semester Pass: $20.00
Family Pass: $30.00*

*Family pass: 1 parent + 2 children.
Additional adult (18+): +$10.00
Additional child: +$5.00

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 2-4 pm
SUN 2-4 pm

Hours are subject to change and may be adjusted during holiday periods. Call (765) 983-1790 for up to date information.

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Courses for Credit

AWPE 201
Fall and Spring

The Indoor Gym Climbing course is offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Instructors are other Earlham students who are experienced in top-rope climbing, bouldering, as well as safety and risk management. For the first 5 weeks of the semester, students meet as a class to receive training on climbing and belay technique. The course concludes with each student completing 10 hours of climbing outside of class time before the end of the semester. Indoor Gym Climbing is .5 credits and counts towards the Wellness requirements in General Education.

AWPE 202
Fall and Spring

The Lap Climbing course 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. To receive credit, participants must attend all classes and complete the mile trial (212 laps) outside of class. Lap Climbing is .5 credits and counts towards the Wellness requirements in General Education.

AWPE 204
Fall Semester

The Outdoor Rock Climbing is an introductory course intended to provide a positive experience of outdoor climbing. The course will involve a Pre-Trip meeting and a 4-day trip to Devils Lake, Wisconsin. Course instructors are fellow Earlham students who have a passion for climbing and additional training through other courses including Outdoor Trip Leadership, Wilderness First Responder, and Outdoor Rock Instructor. The trip corresponds with the College's Early Semester Break, which usually falls around mid-October and equates to about 4 days of climbing. Rock Climbing is .5 credits and counts towards the Wellness requirements in General Education.

AWPE 300
Spring Semester

The Outdoor Rock Instructor course is intended to give participants the skills necessary to safely venture into the field of outdoor rock climbing. Students will gain the knowledge necessary to set up top rope anchors from natural and artificial placements, learn the basics of sport climbing and leading fundamentals, as well as an introduction to traditional climbing. The course is intended for students with previous indoor climbing experience. The class will compose of five mandatory sessions at the climbing wall, a day trip to John Bryan State Park, and a weekend trip to the Red River Gorge.


Interesting Reads!

Modern Climbers: The Ever Evolving and Expansive Climbing Scene by Cyrena Lee

How climbing helps people with traumatic brain injuries find their feet

Want to climb more?

Outdoor Climbing in the area:

John Bryan State Park
Red River Gorge

Climbing Gyms in area:

Climb Time Indy
Evo Rock + Fitness

Hoosier Heights
Urban Krag


The climbing wall at Earlham College is dedicated to the memory of Ethan Solomon and his passionate love of climbing and the outdoors. 

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