Climbing Wall


Located in the Towne Field House, the Nate Lowe ’95 Memorial Climbing Wall offers challenges for climbers of all levels. During designated open climbing sessions (announced in our weekly calendar), beginners and experts alike can climb under the supervision of volunteer student Instructor/Monitors. The wall serves as home base for our very active climbing community, and we use it regularly for climbing PE classes.

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Climbing Program Overview

Through the Williams Outing Club, the climbing program provides many opportunities for students to rock climb. Most evenings, the Nathan Lowe climbing wall is staffed with two Instructor-Monitors, who ensure the safety of climbers and teach newcomers the basics of climbing and belaying. Several afternoons a week, introductory climbing classes are offered. These classes are designed to teach students the basic skills and techniques necessary to safely rock climb. On weekends, trips are occasionally offered to nearby rock climbing gyms or for outdoor climbing. With a WOC membership, Williams students can participate in all of these activities.

Instructor-Monitor (IM) Program

“IMs” are Williams students who are certified to open the Nathan Lowe climbing wall during specified times. They undergo training in the fall to ensure the safety of climbers. Their voluntary position consists of belaying climbers, teaching visitors to the wall how to belay, keeping records of the wall, and above all, maintaining a safe climbing environment.

Williams Climbing Club (WCC)

The Williams Climbing Club was established in 2016 as a student organisation dedicated to rock climbing. Membership is open to anyone in the Williams community with an interest in climbing, and those who wish to actively train can join our competition team, which competes in the USAC Collegiate Series in the Northeast Region as well as in local competitions. In addition to holding team practices and going to comps, the WCC also hosts excursions, social events, and advocates for funding and facility access for climbers at Williams College