Normal Semester Hours
Monday - Thursday 4-10 p.m.
Friday - Sunday 2-6 p.m.
Visitors welcome on Saturdays and Sundays
Starting April 2, 2022, in accordance with changing campus policies; we will begin allowing people from the extended Whitman community who have Whitman IDs (such as local alumni, retirees and employee family members) as well as the general population to use the climbing center on Saturdays and Sundays during normal operating hours.
VISITOR VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: We are not changing our COVID-19 vaccination policy, and continue to require that all visitors entering any campus buildings be up-to-date on all vaccine doses and boosters for which they are eligible. Be prepared to show proof of vaccination at the time of check-in. As we head into this new season of fewer COVID-19 restrictions on campus and in the community around us, remember to take care of yourself and others by staying home if you feel sick, getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and by making the choices that promote public and personal health.
Adventure Within Reach
Whether you’re a beginner or a serious climber, Whitman College’s climbing center can help you develop the skills you need to reach your goals. Offering more than 7,000 square feet of climbable surface, the state-of-the-art facility has many sections designed to mimic a range of natural features, allowing users to get a grip on various types of climbing, from crack climbing to face climbing to steep overhangs bouldering.
Use of the climbing center—and gear—is free for students during open recreational sessions. Whitman faculty and staff can also use the climbing center and gear; fees apply.
Climbing Center Classes and Activities
In addition to open sessions, the OP and the climbing center support a range of programs, including:
- Low-cost skill-building clinics that cover the basics as well as special techniques.
- For-credit Sports Studies, Recreatio and Athletics (SSRA) courses each semester, from beginning climbing to instructor training.
- Events and activities for various outdoor recreation clubs, including the Climbing Club, the BIPOC Outdoors Club and other affinity groups.
- Practice and competitions for club sports climbing teams.
Before you arrive for any climbing session, b e sure to watch the OP's Climbing Center Safety Orientation Video.
Ready to use your climbing skills in the Great Outdoors? The OP runs climbing trips on a regular basis. See Outdoor Climbing Areas to learn more about the areas you could explore with the OP or with your own group.