2018 Rock Program Schedule

Knots night

Knots Night will be held on Wednesday March 28th 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 optional day at which students can practice skills and complete program requirements.

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) Wednesday, March 7th, 7-8 PM AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Charlestown
Knots night Wednesday, March 28th, 7-9 PM AMC Headquarters, 10 City Square, Charlestown
Belay & Anchors weekend Saturday, April 7th AND
Sunday, April 8th
Quincy Quarries
Leaders: Ben Gill and Lydia Glenn
Rappel weekend Saturday, April 14th OR
Sunday, April 15th
Quincy Quarries
Leaders: Chris Woodall and Rob Blakemore
Ascend weekend Saturday, April 21st OR
Sunday, April 22nd
Quincy Quarries
Leaders: Bob Rogers and Dave Gibbs
Optional Day Saturday, April 28th Quincy Quarries
Leaders: Nancy Savickas and Shar Sallet
Graduation weekend Saturday, May 5th OR
Sunday, May 6th
Quincy Quarries
Leaders: Eric Engberg and Vanessa Tyler

Crow Hill Climbing & Potluck BBQ (Saturday May 12th, rain date Sunday May 13th)

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.

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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 (Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th)

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.

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Memorial Day Weekend at Acadia National Park (Saturday May 26th through Monday May 28th)

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

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