Scott Sandberg

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Scott Sandberg was an active member of the Boston Area climbing community from 2000 to 2003. He had only been climbing a few years but was very skilled and motivated. He was an active volunteer, and had organized very successful volunteer events at Hammond Pond and the Quincy Quarries. He spoke passionately about protecting climbing areas, and being an activist for the important things in life. He died in an avalanche on Mount Washington in November 2002. In recognition of his service to the climbing community, the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee named the "Volunteer of the Year" award after Scott Sandberg.

Articles About Scott

Rock and Ice

The Crux

Scott Sandberg Volunteer of the Year Award

Scott Sandberg was an active, enthusiastic, and dedicated volunteer during the brief time he was a member of our community. In honor of his memory, each year the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee awards one volunteer for their efforts over the previous year. The award recipient is chosen by the chair and other committee members. To nominate a volunteer, contact

Bill Clack

When Bill Clack died unexpectedly in the summer of 2016 the Boston climbing community lost a good friend who’s life was defined by passion. When Bill loved something he really loved it. He started his relationship with Boston climbers by showing up, on a cold, dark December night,  for the introductory lecture for the AMC’s annual Ice Climbing Program in the mid-1980s. Upon being told that to take said program he’d need technical climbing skills first he immediately asked how he could get them. The answer, of course, was to take the spring Beginners Rock Climbing Program, which he did, and he followed that up by taking the Ice Program the very next time it was offered. Bill fell in love with climbing, and not just the joy of actually doing it. He read extensively on the history of climbing, he reveled in the films about climbing, and he came to know the joys of traveling, and not just in the United States, to climb. In time Bill became a member of the AMC’s Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee and a director of theBeginners Rock Climbing Program. He co-edited The Crux for many years. Bill, working with The American Alpine Club, also helped save and restore climbing movies shot by Ken Henderson before World War II.

Bill married a fellow climber, Holly, and together they had one child, a daughter named Miranda. Bill was a man of strong passions and he was passionate about being the best dad he could be. Because of that Bill put his climbing career on hold, but not his interest in climbing. He had a realistic understanding that errors in climbing can have really bad, and permanent, consequences, he wanted to be there for his child. As his daughter grew up he started to think about playing in the vertical world again, but, sadly, it was not to be. It is a cliché, but it’s also true, for those who loved Bill his joy for the outdoor world, for climbing, for living, will always be part of them.

Bill Clack Memorial Scholarship

Bill Clack was a passionate climber who became an important member in the AMC's Boston climbing community through the Rock and Ice Program. In celebration of his life and contributions to educating new climbers, the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee offers a scholarship for full tuition to one Ice Program student each winter. For more information on this scholarship visit our Awards and Scholarship page.