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    Kevin Klim

    Climbing Wall Manager
    150B URC
    Phone: 509.359.4015

    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.

    Ashely Gamboa

    Associate Manager

    Ashely is a climber and the current title holder of longest continuous undergraduate student of all time. After a year and half of working as an industrial climber and rope access technician, she is back at EWU to finish her degree in Anthropology. Ashely travels, writes, works, and studies and lives for (mis)adventure of any size. 

    Kirestin Hardin

    Assistant Manager

    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

    Assistant Manager

    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

    Assistant Manager

    Chantilly is a senior majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. She believes climbing is a great vessel to meet and connect with others 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 book at the end of a full day.

    Ben Ward

    Assistant Manager

    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!

    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 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!

    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.

    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 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.

    Chloë 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.

    John Guy


    John is a Nursing major here at Eastern. He has been climbing for 2 years and loves bouldering. John is a member 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.

    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. 

    Alla Chekulayva


    Alla is a senior majoring in psychology. She began climbing about three years ago when a friend introduced her to the Climbing Wall and she quickly fell in love with climbing. Alla also enjoys reading books, playing video games, and anything related to the outdoors; she loves nature, a lot. She also enjoys playing with cardboard boxes. It's a bird! It's a plane! Its a spaceship! It's your imagination; it's anything you want it to be!

    Bernt Goodson


    Bernt is an Environmental Science/Geology major and has been climbing since 2012. Other outdoor activities he enjoys, aside from climbing, include: backpacking, snowboarding, and rafting. He hopes climbing will remain a life long passion.

    Jonah Blank


    Jonah is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. He loves the science and physics of climbing almost as much as actually doing it, and will over think every anchor he builds. He finds peace making things with his hands and being alone with the motorcycle he considers his soul mate.

    Siobhan Ebel


    Siobhan is a senior at EWU. She enjoys bouldering, top roping, and lead climbing. She is hoping to learn more about ice climbing, multi-pitch and traditional climbing. When Siobhan has free time she enjoys photography and Disney movies.

    Contact Information

    EPIC Adventures
    150 University Rec Center
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.4014

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