2019 Rock Program Schedule

Info Night

Info Night will be held on Tuesday March 12th from 7-8pm. This is an optional session that will introduce the program and give you a chance to ask any questions you might have. The session will also be webcast on Facebook if you can’t attend in person.

Knots night

Knots Night will be held on Tuesday March 26th from 7-9pm. In the first half, we will go into detail about how the program works and what you need to do to complete the program. In the second half, we will go over the knots that you will need to know.

Program Weekends

There are five weekends, starting in early April and running through early May. To complete the program, students must attend five days of instruction. For the first weekend (Belay & Anchors weekend) both Saturday and Sunday are required. There are three other required weekends, for which students may choose which day (Saturday or Sunday) to attend. There is also an open climbing day at which students can practice skills.

Program weekends start at 8:15am. Each day of the program, students are split into small groups: generally six or fewer students, an instructor, and one or more assistants.


Event Date Location
Info night (optional) Tuesday, March 12th, 7-8 PM AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Charlestown
Knots night Tuesday, March 26th, 7-9 PM AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Charlestown
Belay & Anchors weekend Saturday, April 6th AND
Sunday, April 7th
Quincy Quarries
Rappel weekend Saturday, April 13th OR
Sunday, April 14th
Quincy Quarries
Open Climbing Day Saturday, April 20th Quincy Quarries
Ascend weekend Saturday, April 27th OR
Sunday, April 28th
Quincy Quarries
Graduation weekend Saturday, May 4th OR
Sunday, May 5th
Quincy Quarries

Crow Hill Climbing & Potluck BBQ (Saturday May 11th, rain date Sunday May 12th)

To celebrate the conclusion of the Rock Climbing Program, we have traditionally held a casual day of climbing and socializing with a potluck BBQ at Crow Hill. 

Crow Hill is in the Leominster State Forest in Leominster, MA, about 1 hour west of Boston, and features many single-pitch trad climbs and toproping.

Post-program Events

These events are not part of the rock program, but we encourage graduates of the program to attend.  Mark your calendars!

New Seconds Weekend (Friday May 17th through Sunday May 19th)

An amazing weekend of multi-pitch trad climbing at the Shawangunks (a.k.a. "The Gunks") in the Mohonk Preserve, near New Paltz, NY, open by invitation to graduates of the Rock Program.  The Gunks are a major east coast climbing destination and have a storied history dating back to the 1930's.

Memorial Day Weekend at Acadia National Park (Saturday May 25th through Monday May 27th)

Acadia National Park features fantastic climbing (usually toproping) on sea cliffs at Otter Cliff and also several other areas for trad climbing and toproping.

Rumney Weekend (Friday May 31st through Sunday June 2nd)

Come clip bolts with us for a weekend at one of the premier sport climbing destinations in the country: Rumney Rocks in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. There’s something for everyone, with hundreds of routes ranging from 5.0 all the way up to an intimidating 5.15a. There are also trad climbing opportunities nearby in case sport climbing isn’t your thing, including Kinsman Notch, Echo Crag, and the closest thing New England has to Big Wall climbing: Cannon Cliff.