Dear Whitman College Climbing Center users,

We are all facing unprecedented questions and challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitman College believes that together, we can all make responsible decisions that will help slow the spread of the virus. The Climbing Center is doing its part, effective March 14, the Climbing Center will be closed until further notice.

The Whitman College Climbing Center is more than just a gym, it is a place for us to meet old friends and make new ones, relieve stress, and strengthen our bodies and minds. We understand that in difficult times, it is even more important for us to seek this type of well being, which makes this decision even more difficult. Ultimately, we have a responsibility to help protect the health of our community and believe that a closure is the most responsible next step we can take.

Thank you all for your understanding and support during these difficult times,
Whitman College Climbing Center Staff

Regular Semester Hours
(Closed until further notice)

(All clinics and programs after Spring Break are cancelled)

About the Climbing Wall

The indoor climbing wall offers a wide variety of routes and climb types. Brien Sheedy, the Outdoor Program director and a mountain climber who has scaled the Seven Summits, helped design the facility. He rates it as one of the most innovative walls in the nation and believes it offers something for all levels of climbing and climbing instruction.

The climbing wall, comprising hundreds of imprint and free-form panels, has a total climbable surface of about 7,000 square feet. The main wall is 104 feet long and 39.24 feet at its highest point. An outer wall of windows allows for natural lighting while providing climbers with protection against ultraviolet sunlight.


The Climbing Center is located on the corner of Park and Boyer Ave, across from Reid Campus Center, and on the south side of Sherwood Athletic Center, at 47 Park Avenue. The Climbing Center must be accessed from SE door. DO NOT GO THROUGH SHERWOOD.

Contact Us

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Climbing Center Manager (General inquiries): Nate Gamble

Climbing Center Outreach Coordinator (Kids Clinics, Special Events, Private Events, Etc.): Josephine Laing

Whitman College Director of Outdoor Programs: Brien Sheedy