Why Us?

Our Story

Shaker Rocks was conceptualized in 2015 by Shaker Heights residents and long-time climbers Annie and Spencer Richman. After visiting rock gyms around the country while their son competed in youth climbing competitions, they realized that the Cleveland climbing community was lacking a large, modern gym that so many other cities enjoyed.  They decided to bring it home to Shaker Heights. Together, with a group of enthusiastic partners, Annie and Spencer secured Shaker Rocks a spot in the new Van Aken District. The group’s desire was to serve families, serious climbers, and new adventurers in the unique atmosphere of Van Aken where climbers could shop, eat, and do their daily living all within a walkable neighborhood. Shaker Rocks came to life in April of 2019.


As a strong supporter of the Shaker Schools, Shaker Rocks looks to develop a close relationship with all greater Cleveland schools by providing students with various opportunities to experience the joys of climbing and the personal benefits that come with it – increased determination, physical and mental fitness, and community building.  Shaker Rocks’ motivation from inception has been to support Cleveland’s existing community, and to raise the next generation of Cleveland climbers.

core values

When you visit Shaker Rocks, you will find yourself among people who act with initiative, integrity, and teamwork to uphold the core values that Shaker Rocks is known for.


We bring together a diverse community of climbers and foster relationships that develop a deeper sense of community.  Whether you’ve had 30 years of experience or it’s your first time climbing, we’ll help you feel comfortable and welcome in our space regardless of who you are or how you climb.


We believe in life-long learning. As we master new skills and learn from each other, we share our knowledge with our members and guests so everyone has the opportunity to experience the joy of success.


We make every decision with the highest regard to the safety and well-being of our members, guests, and staff. Along with advocating personal responsibility, we stay current with new industry standards and regularly review best practices to minimize risk at every level.


We expect to climb in beautiful surroundings. By keeping our facility clean with environmentally conscious practices, we not only maintain our aesthetics, but the health of the planet as well.


We practice excellence in every aspect of our business.  From creative route setting and friendly and knowledgeable staff to a well-maintained facility; our goal is to make your experience at Shaker Rocks exceptional.


To provide the best climbing experience possible.


To improve people's quality of life by providing opportunities to experience joy, and to create connections to a caring and supportive community.