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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.

    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 took 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. 

    Chantilly Higbee

    Assistant Manager

    Chantilly is a graduate student  in the Department of 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 four 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.

    Cayla Gleaton

    Assistant Manager

    Cayla is a junior pursuing a degree in recreation management. 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. 

    Micah Fechner

    Assistant Manager

    Micah is a senior here at EWU. As a freshman he went on his first EPIC trip and was instantly hooked. Although climbing is his favorite outdoor activity, he loves hiking, rafting, biking and snowboarding as well. Micah is a trip leader for EPIC Adventures and loves getting to meet new people, both at the climbing wall and on weekend EPIC trips. 

    Jordan Slemmons

    Supervisor, Head Route Setter

    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.

    Brian Kinder


    Brian Kinder is an exercise science pre-physical therapy major. He began climbing a few years ago and is looking forward to the places climbing will take him!

    Chloë Mell


    Chloë is a junior and has been apart of the Eastern climbing community since her freshman year. She enjoys teching climbing classes at the Wall.

    John Guy


    John is a nursing major. He has been climbing for a few years now, and loves bouldering. John is a member of the EWU Climbing Club.  When he is not climbing, he enjoys  playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling, and just experiencing the outdoors.

    Ivy Say


    Ivy is a senior 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 senior 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 lifelong friends with the staff and climbers at the Wall and hopes to continue to make memories throughout her years at EWU.

    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.

    Julie Tramp


    Julie is a junior pre-nursing student who decided to join the climbing community after attending RecSplosion her freshman year. She loves the welcoming and friendly atmosphere she has found at the Climbing Wall. During her spare time, Julie enjoys knitting and going on walks with her husband.

    Madison Ellington


    Madison is a Recreation Management student. She began working for us this year, supervising and shadowing as an Intro to Rock class instructor. We love having her as a new addition to our team.

    Sean Staaleson


    Sean is a junior majoring in biochemistry. He's 6'7" and no, he doesn't play basketball. Sean has been a mountaineer for almost 6 years and has been backpacking and exploring Washington's Cascades for even longer. He started rock climbing when he moved to Spokane 3 years ago. He fell in love with ice climbing after an EPIC Adventures trip to Hyalite Canyon, MT and wishes he could go more often. Sean loves to play guitar and has been playing since he was 8. He especially loves playing heavy metal.

    Contact Information

    EPIC Adventures
    150 University Rec Center
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.4014

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