The mission of the Climber’s Coalition is to offer opportunities for experiences that are often left behind in the modern world: a sense of camaraderie, outdoor exposure, a better understanding of oneself through educated risk, physical and mental fitness, and consideration for the natural environment. We approach these through several venues, such as the physical experience of rock climbing (with or without a group), working with local groups and non profits to better relationships and access in local areas, teach technical rock craft, and provide experiences that offer to put people in connection with others and the environment around them. Our primary goal is to always provide healthy and fun experiences for all members. The Climber’s Coalition is non exclusive, where individuals of all identities and abilities are very encouraged to join.
We pride our group as one with many skills as individuals, and we utilize that to sponsor an array of events/activities. This has come through in many forms such as a Health and Fitness day that we have sponsored, local trail days we’ve attended, speakers and renovations we have organized, and more recently, worked with several groups (Hampshire, Non-Hampshire, For Profit, Non Profit) in an effort to preserve access to a local land area. We are a group founded on taking trips, exploring resources, and encouraging folks to stay psyched, no matter what their passion.
To stay informed on Climbers' Coalition events and activities, sign up for the Climbers' Coalition Mailing List.
To get up to date notifications, the best place to follow us is our Facebook group. If you’re not already a member, send out a request to join and we’ll add you.
RCC Climbing Wall
Tuesday, Thursday, 6:00- 8:00pm
Haven’t climbed before? No problem! Come to the Hampshire wall and meet our awesome belay staff and learn how to climb or improve your skills. These days and times will most likely change after spring so be sure to check back periodically for updates!
Van to Central Rock Gym in Hadley
TBD, 5:00- 8:00pm
Don’t have a ride to the gym? We’ll have a Hampshire van once a week to take trips to the gym. Put your membership to good use or take advantage of our numerous discounted day passes. Confirm that you are going by sending us a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the weekly-updated Facebook link below and select “going” so that we have an idea of how much space we have. Spots fill up quick so let us know!
GE House Office
This weeks cooks: 'Cameron and Dylan'
On some Sundays we will meet to discuss future events, talk climbing, eat healthy food and just hang out. Send us an email at email@example.com to let us know that you are interested in coming or hit “going” on the link below to give us an idea of how much food we will be cooking for everyone. Gluten free and vegetarian options will be available. And on that note, we would like to have volunteers to cook a meal each week for our meeting! Two people will be elected each week to do so. Afterwards we can head to the bouldering cave to spend some quality time climbing!
November Bouldering Clinic Series: Wednesday Nights"
Once a week there will be a bouldering event night held in the Hampshire the cave. During these two hour sessions there will be an optional hour long clinic lead by both local climbing community members, as well as Hampshire Signers. Stop by to review technique and meet new climbers who are looking to climb V2,V1,V0's.
History of Climbing at Hampshire
Hampshire College has enjoyed a rich history and tradition of climbing. Over the years, Hampshire has attracted many accomplished climbers. To a greater extent, students learning to climb while at Hampshire have continued to persue the sport after graduation. Generally, climbers come to Hampshire in waves. We are currently experiencing a peak in these waves: more students are enthusiastic about climbing than in previous years.
In the early 1970s, the sport of rock climbing was gaining momentum on a global scale. Two of the historic figures in the climbing community were themselves also part of the Hampshire community: student Jon Krakauer and OPRA instructor David Roberts. Roberts was especially instrumental in designing the foundations on which OPRA is based today.
The Robert Crown Center hosts one of the first indoor walls in this country. When the structure was initially built, it consisted of a series of bolt holes on the vertical cement walls of the RCC. Wooden holds were then screwed into these holds, giving climbers a chance to simulate rock climbing in an artificial setting. In the early 1990s, the wooden structure that is seen today was constructed over the primitive cement walls. This wall now hosts plastic, wooden, cement, rock, and fiber glass holds. Over the last few years, the Climbers' Coalition has purchased many of the high quality plastic and fiber glass holds and volumes that appear on the wall today.
The upper RCC bouldering cave was designed by Hampshire student Pete Ward in 1998. Due to a certain uncooperative OPRA director, Pete was forced to actually construct the cave over the time period of a single weekend. With the help of OPRA instructor Earl Alderson and other students, Pete built an incredible training facility consisting of two slightly overhanging sidewalls bridged by a fifteen foot horizontal roof and headwall.
History of the Climbers' Coalition
The Climbers' Coalition was founded in 2003 after an administrative change in how student groups are run at Hampshire. Founding Signers were Pete Clark, Meghan McCutcheon, and Amy Brown.
We host weekly meetings every Wednesday at 8PM in the upper RCC bouldering cave. Climbing experience is NOT a requirement for attending our meetings. Anyone who has an interest in climbing should come to our meetings. If you have equipment, bring shoes and chalk for bouldering in the cave. If not, we have a considerable selection of shoes.