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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
First Climb FREE for all EC Students, Staff, Faculty and Alumni!
Day Use Pass: $3
5-Climb Pass: $10
Semester Pass: $20
NB: There is an additional $7 Wellness Center Day Pass Fee for non-members
Open Climb Hours
||Call to book***
* 7-9 pm M, T, Th, sessions are reserved for AWPE classes for Semester Weeks 1-7, and are Open Sessions from Week 8 onwards. Hours subject to change and may vary on Holidays/Semester Breaks. ** Friday is Women's Climb ***Contact 765-983-1790 for more information.
For notices and Outdoor Education updates, follow us on Facebook!
Outdoor Ed AWPE Courses
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.
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. Since Fall 2017 the course has included weekend day trips to experience climbing at a large regional gym and/or at an outdoor crag. Intermediate Climbing is an AWPE course that counts towards the General Education Wellness requirement.
Alternate Year Fall 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:
EPIC Climbing + Fitness (Indy)
Miami University Climbing Center (Oxford, OH)