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Whitman Climbing Center to reopen its doors to students

Charlotte Elliott, Sports Editor

October 5, 2020

The Whitman Climbing Center will be opening to students with new safety guidelines. The center will have a limited capacity of 20 individuals, including staff, all of whom must be cleared to be on campus. Climbers will be expected to reserve a one-hour time slot before they arrive at the gym; they...

White Smoke Billows Out of the Climbing Gym; Crowds Eagerly Await Announcement of next Rock Pope

Anthony Reale, Mickey Shin's Cheez-It Fetish

February 8, 2018

The Whitman College climbing gym eagerly awaits the announcement of the Rock Pope after the characteristic white smoke and scent of armpits wafted out of the climbing gym Tuesday. This occurrence was met with a grand parade by the Sandalwearers, as the Climbing Clergy had been in deliberations for e...

The Evolution of the Whitman Outdoor Program

Alex Brockman, Feature Reporter

April 6, 2017

One of the most common walks across Whitman College takes students from Reid Campus Center to Ankeny. Along the way, one might see busses loaded with kayaks for a weekend trip, students ascending Whitman’s famous climbing wall or even skiers moving through campus in the winter. These common sights are ...

Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

February 4, 2016

In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

Outdoor Climbing in Vantage: rather hot but still enjoyable!


July 13, 2012

Last weekend, the day after the 4th of July I headed to Vantage, Wash. to climb during the weekend with a group of friends.  I climbed with Kayla Erickson (who I have mentioned in previous blog posts) and Kayla Culmback. To  differentiate between the two we would sometimes call Kayla E."Big Kayla"...

Whitties climb outside at Little Si: fun and success for all!


July 8, 2012

Last week, I kicked off the beginning of July by climbing outside with a group of three other Whitties--Tristan, Tom and Sebastian--at Exit 32, better known as Little Si. Little Si (near Mount Si) is a short, family friendly hike (2.2 miles one-way) but it is also a very popular local crag for Seattle...

The Curse Against Climbing Outside and Climbs I Find “Hard”


June 24, 2012

I have yet to climb outside this summer. Alas, there seems to be a curse against me climbing outside lately because all the plans I've had to do so this summer have fallen through. Most recently, I was planning to climb at Little Si, also known as Exit 32, a couple of weekends ago. Little Si is located...

Climbing Blog #2: Rock climbing gyms in Seattle and more!


June 1, 2012

Note: If this is your first time reading my blog and you are unfamiliar/new to climbing, I highly recommend you look over the introduction to climbing guide provided in my first post.  Definitions for climbing terms that were not discussed in the introduction guide but do appear in this entry are provided immediately after...

Climbing Blog #1: Rock Climbing in Seattle and Rock Climbing Basics


May 26, 2012

Hi, my name is Charlotte Hill! I'm 21 years old, an English major, and entering my senior year at Whitman College.  In my blog I will discuss my personal experiences rock climbing at the climbing gyms in my lovely hometown of Seattle. I will also talk about my experience climbing outside when relevant....

Climbing wall opens to community

Credit: Faith Bernstein

Sam Chapman

November 10, 2011

In the summer of 2009, Whitman's outdoor climbing wall was built over in order to enlarge the Sherwood Athletic Center. The center later re-opened that fall and students, faculty and staff got to take advantage of the newly opened indoor rock climbing wall. However, the new center was cold comfort to...

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