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    Manager

    Kevin Klim

    Kevin Klim 

    Kevin has been the Climbing Wall Manager since 2008. When he isn't busy teaching classes, serving the students of EWU or spending time with his wonderful wife and three kids, Kevin tries to find time to get in a route or two.

     

    Assistant Managers

    Kirestin Hardin

    Kirestin Hardin

    Kirestin is a Graduate student in the Sports and Recreation Administration Program. Kirestin attended her first four years at Eastern getting her BA in Recreation Management. Her first climbing experience occured during her freshman year when a friend drug her to try it for the first time. After the first session, she was hooked. Kirestin enjoys anything that involves being in the outdoors but particularly loves to hike, snowboard, paddle board, and (obviously) climb. 

    Zach Turner

    Zach Turner

    Zach is a Geology major and has been climbing since he was thirteen. He enjoys many different forms of climbing, but finds the most inspiration in alpine. Climbing gives his life new perspectives and he loves to share this passion with others. 

    Chantilly Higbee

    Chantilly Higbee 

    Chantilly is a senior majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. She believes climbing is a great vessel to meet and connect with so many amazing people while getting outside and enjoying the wilderness. Her short climbing career began about 3 years ago when she took the Intro to Rock course. Chantilly now enjoys fostering experiences and love for climbing within the EWU community. She also enjoys long hikes, strong coffee, watching documentaries with good company and winding down with a good book at the end of a full day.

    Ben Ward

    Ben Ward

    This is Benjamin Ward. He's been climbing for 4 years and has gone from being solely a sport climber to focusing on trad and ice climbing. This is his final year of being a Recreation Management major. Other then rock climbing, he loves climbing mountains and anything related to bicycles. He could survive for months off of gummy bears and Snickers and believes coffee comes straight from heaven. He hopes to see you around EPIC and the climbing wall. Climb on!

    Supervisors

    Anastasia Black

             

    Anastasia Black             

    Anastasia Black is a Criminal Justice Major. She never really rock climbed until she started at Eastern in Fall of 2011. One day she decided to try it and fell madly in love with it! She is now a certified NCWI and loves meeting new climbers at the EWU wall! Anastasia is a local EMT and Ski patroller, but her main goal and dream is to become a K9 police handler. 

    Jakin Fung

    Jakin Fung

    Jakin is currently in his senior year at EWU, studying Recreation Management with a minor in Challenge Course Facilitation. His climbing career began in 2010 when he came to Eastern and tried the sport. Since then he has been competing in the NC3 climbing competitions, helping set routes at the gym, and traveling around to some amazing climbing spots. Jakin's favorite class to teach is climbing clinic because he loves to see others grow in their own climbing.

    Brian Kinder

     Brian Kinder 

    Brian Kinder is a sophomore Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy major. He began climbing 3 years ago and is looking forward to the places climbing will take him!

    Chloe Mell

     Chloe Mell 

    Chloë is a junior and has been apart of the eastern climbing community since her freshman year. This will be her second year teaching.

    James Mower

    James Mower 

    James Mower is a sophmore majoring in Recreation Management. He loves to be in the outdoors and has been climbing for 4 years.

    Coby Walsh

    Coby Walsh

    Coby has been climbing for about 4 or so years now. Most of his experience is in sport climbing but he is gradually getting into multi-pitch trad climbing and alpine climbing. Coby has also done a touch of mountaineering as well. He also enjoys bouldering every now and again. He is a senior and is majoring in Recreation Management.

    Daniel Eik

    Daniel is studying Manufacturing as a senior here at EWU. For the past 3 years, Daniel has gained experience top roping, sport lead climbing, bouldering, and anchor-building. Daniel also enjoys spending time with friends and playing ultimate frisbee. 

    Micah Fechner

    Micah is a junior. On his first EPIC trip he went climbing at Trail Lake Coulee, and has been hooked ever since. He enjoys biking, snowboarding, and white water rafting as well.


    John Guy

    John is a Nursing major here at Eastern. He has been climbing for 2 years and loves bouldering. John is a memeber of the climbing club.  When he is not climbing, he enjoys  playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and just experiencing the outdoors.

    Ivy Say

    Ivy is a junior majoring in Dental Hygiene. She fell in love with climbing after going on a climbing trip to Trail Lake Coulee with Epic Adventures. She later joined the climbing club of which she became president. She is drawn to the strong sense of community that she has experienced while hanging out at the Climbing Wall. When she is not out climbing with friends, Ivy also enjoys camping.

    Katie Verkovod

    Katie took a rock climbing class just to fill another credit, but by the end of the quarter she knew that she had to keep going. Katie ended up taking nearly all of the rock climbing classes that were offered and joined the climbing club in order to connect with other climbers. She enjoys the challenge and the thrill of climbing and being at height. Katie is studying Recreation Management and Spanish. Someday she wants to travel, work with children and share her passion for the outdoors with others! "Adventure is at the core of my heart."-Katie

    Danielle Hadaway

    Danielle is a junior in the Visual Communication Design program. She started climbing in 2012 when she came to Eastern and hasn't stopped climbing since. She is now also teaching Into to Rock Climbing classes at the Climbing Wall and is a part of the climbing club. Danielle has made life long friends with the staff and climbers at the Wall and hopes to continue to make memories throughout her years at EWU.

    Cayla Gleaton

    Cayla is a freshman interested in pursuing a degree in Exercise Science. She has been climbing for the past three years, both inside and outside of the gym. Over the past few summers she worked as an instructor for kids' climbing camps.  Apart from climbing, Cayla enjoys skiing, running and backpacking.

    Jordan Slemmons

    Jordan is a senior majoring in Exercise Science with a coaching minor.  He is one of the head route setters at the Climbing Wall, which is an activity that he is very passionate about.  Jordan enjoys riding his bicycle everywhere and commutes on two wheels as much as possible. He loves climbing and likes to try a little bit of everything when it comes to styles, but enjoys bouldering the most.  When Jordan is not climbing or riding his bike, he is a self-professed movie fanatic and loves all things related to film. He also enjoys playing scrabble, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

     

     

     

    Contact Information

    EPIC Adventures
    150 University Rec Center
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: epicadventures@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.4014

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