Have you started climbing in a gym, but want to take your skills outside? Are you an avid hiker who wants to ascend steeper terrain? Or are you just looking for a fun and exciting outdoor sport? Come learn to rock climb with the Appalachian Mountain Club! 

The Boston Mountaineering Committee’s annual Rock Climbing Program teaches basic outdoor climbing skills. Upon graduating, you will have all the techniques needed to safely follow a leader on a multipitch climb.  The course focuses on traditional (or "trad") climbing, but also serves as a solid foundation for toproping and sport climbing.

Some of the skills we cover include:

  • How to belay a lead climber
  • How to build a toprope anchor
  • How to get down off a climb by rappelling
  • How to ascend a rope

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

Class schedule

The program consists of one weeknight session held at AMC's Cabot Auditorium on Beacon Hill, and four weekend sessions held at Quincy Quarries, just south of Boston in the Blue Hills Reservation.

  • Knots night at Cabot Auditorium
  • Belay & Anchor weekend (Saturday AND Sunday) at Quincy Quarries
  • Rappel weekend (Saturday OR Sunday) at Quincy Quarries
  • Ascend weekend (Saturday OR Sunday) at Quincy Quarries
  • Graduation weekend (Saturday OR Sunday) at Quincy Quarries

For Rappel, Ascend, and Graduation weekends, you may choose which day you attend.

See the 2017 Schedule >


The cost of the program for 2017 will be $170 for AMC members and $220 for non-members. The cost of an individual AMC membership is $50, and offers a number of benefits!

Learn more about AMC Membership >


Registration for the Rock Program is entirely online.  Registration will open on March 15, 2017. We accept payment via PayPal (using your PayPal account or a credit or debit card.)

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 on Wednesday, March 15th.  We encourage you to attend if you want to learn more about the Rock Program or have questions. 

You can also email rock@amcbostonclimbers.com with questions about the program.


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