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Mountaineering Committee

Our Mountaineering Committee organizes rock climbing (sport, traditional, and multi-pitch), plus the occasional ice climbing, indoor wall climbing, or backcountry skiing trip. Our volunteers run trips all year. Some are day trips or after-work evening trips to local climbs, others are multi-day trips to more distant venues.

The best climber is the one who is having the most fun. - Alex Lowe

The best climber is the one who is having the most fun. - Alex Lowe

We are committed to increasing the accessibility of the climbing world. If you're in doubt about your qualifications for a particular trip or what equipment you might need, ask the listed trip leader. Our committee is able to provide much of the equipment necessary.
We look forward to climbing with you!

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Wed Night Ice Climbing in the Lights

Location: Keene, NH
Date: 28‑Feb‑2024
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Come join us for some fun in the evening at the Keene Ice Box. This is ice at night!
Participants must have prior knowledge of top rope climbing skills (i.e. how to tie in with a figure 8, how to belay and lower a top rope climbing partner). Participants must also have their own climbing gear to participate. This includes Technical Ice Climbing Boots, Crampons, and Ice Tools. Western MA Mountaineering does have harnesses and helmets available to borrow. Helmets ARE required to be worn for this event.

Transition Gym to Rock Climbing Class

Location: Ashfield, MA
Date: 05‑May‑2024
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One day of instruction to be held at Chapel Ledge. Lots of climbing time!
Build on your indoor skills and learn the skills required to climb outdoors including: safety, proper equipment use, knots and tying into the rope, communication with a climbing partner, movement on the rock, and belaying a partner. Will include an introduction to top rope anchors, including cleaning. Gear is supplied, but bring what you have.

Climbing Anchors Course

Location: TBD
Date: 12‑May‑2024
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Join us for a day of instruction for an introduction to climbing anchors. Learn the skills necessary to build anchors safely for top rope climbing outside! The weather is here and it is time to be outdoors enjoying the incredible world of technical rock climbing.
During this small covid-friendly course we will be covering the following: outdoor etiquette & ethics; keep all of your gear together and intact; equipment and techniques; review equipment (dynamic ropes, static ropes, 2-inch webbing, sewn slings, locking carabiners); knots (bowline, BHK, figure eight on a bight, double fisherman (grapevine), flat overhand, water knot); hitches (munter, clove); pre-equalized anchors versus self equalizing anchors; closing the system; techniques (using a tag-line, master point, sliding X); and anchoring into the system top and bottom.

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check activities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.
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