May
26
May 29

Acadia National Park Weekend

We are back at Acadia for Memorial Day weekend 2017! There's lots of great toprope climbing at the spectacular sea cliffs (Otter Cliffs and Great Head) and trad climbing at the Precipice and South Bubble. There is also plenty of hiking, ocean, and lobster!

Detailed information about the trip is available in the overview document.

The trip costs $26/person. To register (or for questions about the trip) contact the trip leader, Catherine Wearing.

Jun
3
9:30 am09:30

Come Get Dirty at AMC and Access Fund Quincy Quarries Clean-Up

  • Ricciuti Drive Quincy, MA, 02169 United States

The AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Committee is excited to partner with the Access Fund's Adopt-A-Crag program to sponsor a Quincy Quarries clean-up.

We will be cleaning up the quarries right down to the glass shards littering the area with "shop vacs". All are welcome to come get dirty and be prepared to do some stooping, cutting and vacuuming. Bring gloves and appropriate clothing and water. The DCR will be providing tools, bags, etc. and we will provide pizza for all around noon.

Questions? Email the AMC's event organizer, Tom Parker.

Update: If you have a shop-vac you can bring, email Tom Parker.

Rumney Trip
Jun
17
Jun 18

Rumney Trip

  • rumney nh

Join AMC Boston Climbers for a trip to New England's sport climbing mecca. Greg Spurr will be leading this trip and Chris Camejo has generously offered camping at his cabin just 30 minutes from Rumney. Note that leaders are welcome to join for the weekend and climb elsewhere with or without new seconds. Partners and carpooling should be arranged on your own but we will facilitate via a spreadsheet and toprope groups as necessary. If you will not be joining for camping, plan to meet in the first Rumney parking lot on the right at 8:30 AM. Information on area activities, camping, eating, climbing, etc. are provided by Chris below.

All are welcome to attend but please register by filling out the registration form.

BBQ/Camping Location:

After climbing we will be having a BBQ at Chris’ cabin in Thornton, NH. Directions will be sent to those who register.

Climbers are also welcome to pitch a tent and camp out at the cabin Friday and/or Saturday night to shorten the drive to the crag in the morning or stretch it out into a full weekend of climbing.

Thornton is about 2 hours from downtown Boston without traffic, straight up I-93.

Climbing Areas

Rumney is about 30 minutes southwest and is one of very few sport climbing (i.e. bolted) areas in New England.

Kinsman Notch is about 35 minutes northwest and is one of the newest climbing areas to be developed.

Cannon Cliff and other Franconia Notch cliffs are about 35 minutes north. Cannon has some epic big wall (by Northeast standards) climbing.

There are also various crags along the Kancamagus Highway, Crawford Notch, and in the North Conway area. Lincoln and the western end of the Kanc is about 30 minutes to the north, the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch is about 1 hour northeast, and North Conway (Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges are classic crags in that area) is about 1.5 hours via either the Kanc or Crawford Notch.

If you’re looking for an alpine excursion, AMC Pinkham Notch Camp on the east side of Mt Washington (where most of the rock climbs are) is about 1.5 hours northeast via Gorham.

The guidebook to Rumney has been out of print for years and goes for stupid money on eBay so Mountain Project is your best bet for beta at that location: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/rumney/105867829

Kinsman, Franconia, and Crawford Notch are all covered in a newly released guidebook called “The Notches” by Jon Sykes, available online here: https://www.eaglecliffpub.com/purchase/

Climbs in the North Conway area including the eastern end of the Kanc and Mt Washington are covered in (surprise) “North Conway Rock Climbs” by Jerry Handren, available here: http://www.northconwayrockclimbs.com/purchase-north-conway-guide.html

Red Tape

This is the season for peregrine falcon nesting so please check to see if the cliffs you’re planning to climb have any closures.

If you go to Rumney, the Rumney Climbers Association requests that you do not run topropes through the fixed anchors. Attach your own slings/biners to the fixed anchors so you toprope on your own gear of instead (this approach save lots of wear and tear on the fixed anchors given how popular Rumney is). It is OK for the last person to climb a route to be lowered directly off the anchors (i.e. you don’t have to switch to rappel mode).

Most of the parking lots in the White Mountain National Forest (including the Rumney Rocks lot) charge a few bucks to park (I think it’s still $3 but they were talking about raising it to $5). Payment is via an unattended strongbox so you can’t get change; bring a pen to fill in the envelope and a bunch of $1s to stuff it with. If you have a WMNF annual pass or one of the nationwide “Interagency” annual passes you can put it on your dash in lieu of paying for parking in WMNF. All the REI stores in the Boston area should sell both the WMNF ($20) and Interagency ($80) annual passes. The Interagency pass is worth it if you plan on doing a bunch of climbing trips to National Forests and National Parks over the next year (e.g. the AMC Acadia trip, the park entrance fee is $25).

Note that Franconia Notch and Crawford Notch are NH state parks, not park of WMNF. This is a double edged sword: most of the lots in the state parks are free, but when they are not free you won’t be covered by your WMNF or interagency pass.

Given the costs of rescuing people who get in over their heads outdoors and New Hampshire’s aversion to anything remotely resembling a tax, the state passed a law that makes negligent hikers liable for the cost of their rescue. If you’re going to be spending much time outdoors in NH you may want to consider buying a “HikeSafe” card which exempts you from that liability (unless you’re completely reckless). Cost is $25 for a year and all funds go to the Search and Rescue Fund. Available online here: https://www.nhfishandgame.com/HikeSafe.aspx

Pets:

Besides the bears, I know there are coyotes in the area (I had 2 separate sightings today). If you bring a pet you should plan on keeping it in the tent with you at night so it doesn’t run off and join the pack (which, in reality, will kill a domestic dog given the opportunity).

Last I checked, WMNF (i.e. Rumney Rocks) has a “pets must be in control” policy. This doesn’t necessarily mean a leash is required, as long as your critter actually listens when you tell it to do something.

Swimming:

There’s a swimming hole down in the river so bring your water wings if you want to cool down after a hot and sweaty day of getting pumped on the cliffs. It’s a WMNF pullout (free parking) called “The Eddy” on Route 49, just west of the intersection with Burbank Hill Road.

Hiking:

There are plenty of hiking trails in case you want to take a day off from climbing: The trailhead for the Welch-Dickey Loop is just a few minutes down my road (there are also some slab climbs up there), and the trailheads for Tecumseh, the Osceolas and the Tripyramids (all 4,000 footers) are all in Waterville Valley, about 20 minutes away.

Phone Service

If you have Verizon you will likely get only 1 bar of 3G coverage at the cabin. Other carriers don’t seem to have any coverage at all. I’ll leave a note on the fridge with the WiFi details.

Stores

Plymouth, NH is a college town about 15 minutes south and has a Walmart amongst many other services. You’ll pass through it on the way to Rumney.

If you’re looking for somewhere to buy guide books or climbing/outdoor gear then your best bet is Lahout’s Summit Shop in Lincoln (30 minutes north) but even that will seem sparse if you’re used to the variety available at the average REI. There are many Lahouts stores in Lincoln, each with a different specialty, so make sure you head to the right one: it’s at 165 Main St, in the same plaza as the Subway.

Misc

Gas stations are few and far between up here, especially once you get past Lincoln heading either to Cannon or over the Kanc. Plan ahead and fuel up early.

Fireworks and/or gunshots (i.e. target shooting) are normal up here, especially on Saturdays. Welcome to New Hampshire.

 

 

 

July 4th Adirondacks Trip
Jun
30
Jul 4

July 4th Adirondacks Trip

  • Paradox Lake campground

All AMC affiliates, non-affiliates, climbers, and friends are invited to join our July 4th trip to the Adirondacks. We will be reserving campsites and can help facilitate carpooling, but bring your own partner, plans, and stoke!

Organizer: Rob Blakemore, robert.blakemore@gmail.com

Dates: Fri Jun 30 2017 to Tue Jul 4 2017 (4 nights)

Location: Paradox Lake Campground (Google Maps Link), 4 Hours from Boston.

Cost: TBD (in the range of $17-25 to cover camping and possible dinner cost)

Reserving a spot: Reservations need to be made by June 5th. Indications of interest even if you can't commit are useful so Rob can reserve more campsites if interest is high. 

More information: Check out Rob's awesome document for all the beta on climbing, other activities, directions, and more. And if you're new to the Adirondacks, don't miss his 10ish Reasons to Explore the Adirondacks guide.


May
19
May 21

New Seconds Weekend

There are 3 documents with information on New Seconds Weekend:

There is also a Carpooling Spreadsheet to help find rides which you can get access to by emailing webmaster@amcbostonclimbers.com.

Registration

The registration deadlines are:

  • for New Seconds, Thursday May 11
  • for Leaders and Assistants/Others, Sunday May 14

We MUST receive your payment by then (in addition to completing the web registration form.)

REFUND POLICY: no refunds will be given after your registration deadline. There will be NO exceptions! We have to give the caterer the final headcount in advance, so we cannot refund your money if you decide not to come at the last minute.

To register, click on the appropriate link below:

Questions?

If you have questions/problems with registration or payment, email the registrar (Brian Eck).

For any other questions, email the New Seconds trip leaders (Mike Mullins and Eric Enberg).

May
13
8:30 am08:30

Crow Hill Climbing and Potluck

Come meet our enthusiastic new graduates at the Crow Hill Climbing & Potluck BBQ this Saturday May 13 (rain date Sunday May 14).  Climbing starts at 8:30am and Potluck BBQ starts around 3pm

We will provide more information on logistics after the conclusion of the 2017 Rock Program.

May
6
May 7

Spring Rescue Class (waitlist only)

  • Ricciuti Drive Quincy, MA, 02169 United States

This two day class will be held on the weekend of May 6-7, 2017 at the Quincy Quarries. Both days will start around 8:30am and go until 4-4:30pm. Chauvin Guides will instruct the program and all guides are AMGA certified.

The class is $100, inclusive of guide’s gratuity. It is held rain or shine and non-refundable once you sign up.

This class is now full. If you want to be part of the class please notify nj_savickas_28@hotmail.com.

After Nancy confirms your spot, you'll need to send a check for the class fee made payable to AMC Mountaineering Committee.

Reach out to Nancy Savickas with any questions at nj_savickas_28@hotmail.com.

Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

AMC 1st Annual Earth Day Gear Swap

  • Cabot Auditorium

Reuse. Recycle. Get Outdoors with Great Deals on Gear!

Clear out your gear closet, shop for it, or both!

We’ll be accepting your items for sale at 5 Joy St. the week before the swap. Gear for all seasons, all outdoor sports welcome, items big and small, in good condition. Have a price you’d like in mind, or donate the proceeds to AMC’s conservation work. All transactions will be in cash.

Gear Drop-off Hours:

Tuesday, April 18, thru Friday, April 20: 11:30 am - 7 pm

Contact Lisa, lrobbins@outdoors.org, if you have questions.

You're also invited to AMC's Earth Day open house, including sign-making for the Science March (which starts at 2 pm on nearby Boston Common), and a climate change presentation by AMC staff scientist Georgia Murray.

We’ll provide the sign-making supplies and light refreshments.

Earth Day Open House Schedule at Joy St.

10 am - 5 pm: Gear Swap

10 am - 1:30 pm: Sign-making for the Science March

11 am: “AMC’s Climate Change and Air Quality Research,” presented by researcher Georgia Murray, followed by audience Q&A.

Apr
22
Apr 23

Wilderness First Aid Course Hosted By Waldorf School

  • 701 Cabot Street Beverly, MA, 01915 United States

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience. This WFA class will by taught by Wilderness Medical Associates as a fundraiser for our friends at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Cost: $350

For more information and registration see their event page or contact Coleen Ryan at cryan@waldorfmoraine.org.

Apr
15
8:30 am08:30

Rock Program Optional Day

  • Quincy Quarries

Attendance is required on both Saturday and Sunday for Belay & Anchors instruction. All other weekends can be made up during this optional day; however, you can only make up ONE missed session during optional day. Details in the program handbook here.

Apr
13
7:30 pm19:30

Climber's Night & Farewell Party

From September through June, we hold a climbers night on a Thursday each month. It's an opportunity to socialize with other climbers in the AMC community, plan a trip, or tell of your latest climbing exploits!

This climber's night hosts are Rob Buels and Stephanie Angione.  Rob and Steph will be taking off in their RV to live the dream this month and will be hosting a special climber's night and sendoff for their many AMC friends.

To get info about this event, including directions to Rob and Steph's, subscribe to our email list on the right side of this page.  Directions typically get sent out the week of the event.

Contact welcome@amcbostonclimbers.com with any questions.

Apr
11
7:30 pm19:30

Mountaineering Committee Meeting

The Mountaineering Committee usually meets on the second Monday or Tuesday of the month. These meetings are open to anyone in the climbing community.

This meeting will be hosted by Central Rock Gym. Contact chair@amcbostonclimbers.com for information and directions if you are interested in attending.

Presentation: A Hero's Ascent of Mt. Everest
Apr
9
3:30 pm15:30

Presentation: A Hero's Ascent of Mt. Everest

  • The Verve Crowne Plaza

In 2016, Charlie Linville became the first combat-wounded veteran to reach the top of Mt. Everest. Enjoy a unique presentation hosted by Charlie and hear about his climb and involvement with The Heroes Project, an organization that helps catastrophically injured veterans climb the world's tallest mountains.

To learn more about the Heroes Project, visit theherosproject.org.

Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

Rock Program Knots Night

  • Cabot Hall

This mandatory lecture will cover course materials, distribute loaner helmets and harnesses, describe how the program works, and go over knots that you will need to know. You will receive a copy of the program handbook at this lecture.

Mar
13
7:30 pm19:30

Mountaineering Committee Meeting

The Mountaineering Committee usually meets on the second Monday or Tuesday of the month. These meetings are open to anyone in the climbing community.

This meeting will be hosted by Central Rock Gym. Contact chair@amcbostonclimbers.com for information and directions if you are interested in attending.

Open Cabin Weekend
Mar
3
Mar 5

Open Cabin Weekend

The Mountaineering Committee reserves the Harvard Low Cabin for weekends throughout the year.  The Harvard Low Cabin is a historic and rustic cabin located on Route 16 at Mile Marker 93.4 in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Park at the pullouts on either side of the road and walk up the hill on the east side of the road about 100 ft.  Guests will need to bring sleeping pad and sleeping bag as everyone shares the floor to sleep in the cabin's large loft space. There is an open kitchen, drinkable water, an outhouse, and two stoves to heat the downstairs. In the winter months, cabin-goers will want to bring a warm sleeping bag. Lodging is $10 per person, per night.

Please register by filling out and submitting the form below.  Once registered, your information will be publicly available on this spreadsheet.  We encourage you to use this spreadsheet to coordinate climbing partners and carpool to/from the cabin.

If you have any questions, contact the cabin host (John Trotter) host at mar-cabin@amcbostonclimbers.com

Name *
Name
Staying Which Nights? *
Check all that apply
Climbing
Please check all the apply
Mar
2
7:30 pm19:30

Climber's Night

March climber's night has been cancelled.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Hope to see you in April!

Arc'Teryx AMC Event
Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Arc'Teryx AMC Event

  • Arc'Teryx

This year, the AMC Boston Mountaineering Committee has teamed up with Arc'teryx to be host the end of the year party for the Ice Program.

The event is open to everyone!  If you'd like to come by and meet with the organizers, volunteer leaders, or recent students of our Ice Program, feel free to stop by and see what it's all about.  While you're there, check out how Arc'teryx can outfit you with their cutting edge gear for your next adventure.

The AMC's annual Rock Program is right around the corner.  There will be representatives from that program at this event to answer any questions you may have and get you stoked on what's next.

Arc'Teryx will be giving away freebies to lucky attendees, including a grand prize to the winner of this year's Ice Program photo contest (available only to ice program students).

Open Cabin Weekend
Feb
17
Feb 19

Open Cabin Weekend

The Mountaineering Committee reserves the Harvard Low Cabin for weekends throughout the year.  The Harvard Low Cabin is a historic and rustic cabin located on Route 16 at Mile Marker 93.4 in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Park at the pullouts on either side of the road and walk up the hill on the east side of the road about 100 ft.  Guests will need to bring sleeping pad and sleeping bag as everyone shares the floor to sleep in the cabin's large loft space. There is an open kitchen, drinkable water, an outhouse, and two stoves to heat the downstairs. In the winter months, cabin-goers will want to bring a warm sleeping bag. Lodging is $10 per person, per night.

Please register by filling out and submitting the form below.  Once registered, your information will be publicly available on this spreadsheet.  We encourage you to use this spreadsheet to coordinate climbing partners and carpool to/from the cabin.

If you have any questions, contact the cabin (Cailigh MacDonald) host at feb-cabin@amcbostonclimbers.com

Name *
Name
Staying which nights? *
Check all that apply.
Climbing
Please check all that apply (optional)
Feb
13
7:30 pm19:30

Mountaineering Committee Meeting

The Mountaineering Committee usually meets on the second Monday or Tuesday of the month. These meetings are open to anyone in the climbing community.

This meeting will be hosted by Sharlene Sallett. Contact chair@amcbostonclimbers.com for information and directions if you are interested in attending.

2017 Ice Program - Weekend #2
Feb
3
Feb 5

2017 Ice Program - Weekend #2

The second ice program weekend is focused on gaining hands-on climbing experience. Students climb ice both days in a smaller groups or one-on-one with their leader, based on preference (mountaineering, hard top rope, alpine, multi-ptich, etc).  Climbing locations depend on conditions.

Lodging Friday and Saturday night provided at the Harvard Cabin in Jackson, NH. For more information and directions to the cabin, check out the ice program logistics guide. Dinner provided on Saturday evening. Students are encouraged to carpool and can arrange through the new students forum.

Feb
2
7:30 pm19:30

Climber's Night

From September through June, we hold a climbers night on a Thursday each month. It's an opportunity to socialize with other climbers in the AMC community, plan a trip, or tell of your latest climbing exploits!

This climber's night host is Mark Thompson. Subscribe to our email list or contact welcome@amcbostonclimbers.com to receive updates and directions.

2017 Ice Program - Weekend #1
Jan
20
Jan 22

2017 Ice Program - Weekend #1

The first ice program weekend goes over general ice climbing, mountaineering, and safety fundamentals on Saturday.  On Sunday, students go out in smaller groups to locations based on interest and conditions.

Lodging on Friday and Saturday night is provided at the Harvard Cabin in Jackson, NH. For more information on the Harvard Cabin and directions, view our program logistics guide. Dinner is provided on Saturday evening. Students are encouraged to carpool and can check the accepted students forum to arrange.

Jan
12
7:30 pm19:30

Climber's Night

From September through June, we hold a climbers night on a Thursday each month. It's an opportunity to socialize with other climbers in the AMC community, plan a trip, or tell of your latest climbing exploits!

This climber's night is hosted by Alissa Doherty. Subscribe to our email list or contact welcome@amcbostonclimbers.com to receive directions.

Jan
10
7:30 pm19:30

Mountaineering Committee Meeting

The Mountaineering Committee usually meets on the second Monday or Tuesday of the month. These meetings are open to anyone in the climbing community.

This meeting will be hosted by Central Rock Gym. Contact chair@amcbostonclimbers.com for information and directions if you are interested in attending.

2017 Ice Program Lecture #2 (required)
Jan
9
7:00 pm19:00

2017 Ice Program Lecture #2 (required)

  • AMC Cabot Hall

The second ice lecture is open to accepted students and those on wait list. This lecture is mandatory for program students and will cover course logistics, gear and equipment, and basic ice technique.

Open Cabin: Leader's Weekend
Jan
6
Jan 8

Open Cabin: Leader's Weekend

The Mountaineering Committee reserves the Harvard Low Cabin for weekends throughout the year. This weekend, we invite leaders in our Ice Program to join us to get ready for the season in addition to all other guests. 

The Harvard Low Cabin is a historic and rustic cabin located on Route 16 at Mile Marker 93.4 in Jackson, New Hampshire. Guests will need to bring sleeping pad and sleeping bag as everyone shares the floor to sleep in the cabin's large loft space. There is an open kitchen, drinkable water, an outhouse, and two stoves to heat the downstairs. In the winter months, cabin-goers will want to bring a warm sleeping bag.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura at jan-cabin@amcbostonclimbers.com

Lodging is $10 per person, per night, and can be paid to the cabin host. Non-binding registration below.

Name *
Name
Which nights will you be staying in the cabin? *
Check all that apply
Dec
16
Dec 18

Open Cabin Weekend

  • washburn way jackson, nh

The Mountaineering Committee reserves the Harvard Low Cabin for weekends throughout the year. This is our opening weekend of this years' ice season!

The Harvard Low Cabin is a historic and rustic cabin located on Route 16 at Mile Marker 93.4 in Jackson, New Hampshire. Guests will need to bring sleeping pad and sleeping bag as everyone shares the floor to sleep in the cabin's large loft space. There is an open kitchen, drinkable water, an outhouse, and two stoves to heat the downstairs. In the winter months, cabin-goers will want to bring a warm sleeping bag. People should make their own plans for carpooling, climbing/hiking/skiing etc, and food.

Lodging is $10 per person, per night, and can be paid to the cabin host. Non-binding registration below.

Name *
Name
Which nights will you be staying? *
Avalanche Safety Clinic with Marc Chauvin
Dec
14
6:00 pm18:00

Avalanche Safety Clinic with Marc Chauvin

  • Arc'teryx Newbury

Arc’Teryx is hosting a FREE avalanche safety clinic with Marc Chauvin Wednesday, 12/14, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at their Newbury Street store.

If you’ve never taken an avalanche safety course before, this isn’t going to be a replacement for eventually taking a three-day AIARE course, but it will be a good introduction and should give you the basic awareness that will make experienced climbers feel more comfortable taking you with them on trips that involve being in potential avalanche terrain. If you have taken an AIARE or equivalent course this should be a great review.

You must reserve a spot ahead of time.