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 has not yet been determined (though there is a placeholder cost of $180 for AMC members and $230 for non-members listed in the online AMC activity website).  We expect the cost to be finalized sometime in the fall of 2016.


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

In the past, registration has been first-come first-served, with registration opening on the evening of the optional Information Night.  However, we may be changing the registration process in 2017; we should have details posted before January.


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.