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

Course curriculum

  • Toprope anchor building
  • Belaying
  • Ascending
  • Rappelling

Class schedule
The program consists of one session at the AMC's Cabot Auditorium followed by four program weekends held 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. 

The cost of the program is $165 for AMC members and $215 for non-members. 


Registration for the rock program will open on Wednesday March 16, 2016, at 9:00pm (after the optional information session).


Questions about the rock program? Email or See FAQ Page >



View our calendar of events for rock program instruction and events. See the 2016 Schedule >


Download Rock Program student handouts, instructor handouts, and technique guides here. View Resources >