The Boston Mountaineering Committee’s annual Rock Climbing Program teaches basic outdoor climbing skills with an emphasis on the skills necessary to safely follow a leader on multipitch trad climbs.  We teach toprope anchor building, belaying, ascending, rappelling, and more.  The course provides background for trad climbing, but also serves as a solid foundation for toproping and sport climbing.

Our program is entirely volunteer run and taught, and it offers new climbers the opportunity to meet and learn from our community of climbing enthusiasts.

Class schedule

The program consists of one required session at the AMC's Cabot Auditorium followed by four required program weekends held at the Quincy Quarries, in the Blue Hills Reservation just south of Boston. The first weekend, Belay and Anchors weekend, requires attending both Saturday and Sunday. For the remaining program weekends (Rappel, Ascend, and Graduation weekends), only one day (Saturday or Sunday) is required; you may choose which day to attend. 

See the 2017 Schedule >


The cost of the program for 2017 will be $170 for AMC members and $220 for non-members. 


Registration for the Rock Program is entirely online.  Registration will open on March 15, 2017.  We accept payment of the program fee via PayPal (and can be done with a credit or debit card without a PayPal account).

The registration process for 2017 is a little different than previous years.  See the registration page for details.

Go to the Rock Program registration page >


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to commonly asked questions.

There is an optional information session in Spring 2017.  We encourage you to attend if you want to learn more about the Rock Program or have questions. 

You can also email with questions about the program.


The materials for the Rock Program are available online on our Resources Page.