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Red Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.

We will visit a popular climbing site that has numerous cliffs to choose from close to Gloucester, Mass.

Participants will learn basic climbing skills such as: climbing technique, knots, proper and safe belaying, rappelling, top rope climbing site etiquette, and leave no trace.

A participant changing onto the rockwall- picture from above

You will engage with an active climbing community in the area, and be exposed to various climbing styles and practices.

Get more information about Red Rocks on the Mountain Project website.

Participants in climbing helmets cleaning up the climbing area

Den Rock, Lawrence, Mass.

We will visit a local climbing area- Den Rock in Lawrence, Mass. The first half of the day we will be performing a stewardship project to help clean up trash and debris maintaining the site for future users. In the afternoon participants will learn basic climbing skills such as: climbing technique, knots, proper and safe belaying, rappelling, top rope climbing site etiquette, and leave no trace. It is a great feeling to enjoy climbing at a place where you have just made a positive impact.

Get more information about Den Rock on the Mountain Project website.

Two climbers top roping and belayers below.

Crow Hill, Mass.

On this trip we will visit this popular climbing site that has numerous climbing cliffs to choose from.

Participants will learn basic climbing skills such as: climbing technique, knots, proper and safe belaying, rappelling, top rope climbing site etiquette, and leave no trace.

You will engage with a busy climbing community in the area, and be exposed to other climbing styles and practices.

Participants will enjoy great views, challenging terrain and learning essential climbing skills in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Get more information about Crow Hill on the Mountain Project website.

Rock climber with a big thumbs up

Pawtuckaway, N.H.

Pawtuckaway State Park in Raymond, New Hampshire offers among other things “... a geologically unique field where large boulders called glacial erratics were deposited when glacial ice melted near the end of the Ice Age.” It also has some of the best beginner and moderate top rope climbing (and expert bouldering) around! On this trip we will visit this popular top-rope climbing site that has numerous climbing cliffs to choose from. Participants will learn basic climbing skills such as: climbing technique, knots, proper and safe belaying, rappelling, top rope climbing site etiquette, and leave no trace. You will engage with a busy climbing community in the area and be exposed to other climbing styles and practices. Participants will enjoy great views, challenging terrain and learning essential climbing skills in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Get more information about Pawtuckaway on the Mountain Project website.

Indoor Rock Climbing

If you enjoy outdoor rock climbing, you may want to consider joining some of our indoor rock climbing days. Indoor climbing is fun and great practice for outdoor rock climbing! More information on our Indoor Climbing page.

Skill Level & Physical Exertion

Skill Level: Beginner

These trips are planned and facilitated with first-time and experienced climbers in mind. Climbing will be self-paced. The amount and difficulty of the climbs you choose to try is up to you. You will be climbing with a harness the entire time. Therefore, you may take breaks throughout your climb.

Physical Exertion: Light-Vigorous*

*Exertion levels are estimates based off of individuals who regularly fulfill the US Department of Health & Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines (pdf) and have no major limiting conditions. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the physical exertion level of any of our trips.

Tentative Itinerary

Due to the nature of outdoor trips, all itineraries are subject to change.

  • 8 a.m. Meet in Outdoor Adventure Center & Bike Shop
    • 5 Lawrence Drive, Lowell, MA 01854
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Drive to Trip Location
  • 9:30 a.m. - 4p.m. Instruction & Climbing
  • Midday Lunch
    • Bring your own lunch and snacks
  • 4-5 p.m. Drive Back to UMass Lowell
  • 5-5:30 p.m. Debrief
    • Arrive back at the at the Outdoor Adventure Center/Bike Shop, clean up, review course content/answer any remaining question, etc.
  • 5:30 p.m. Estimated Dismissal
    • This should be determined based off of participants needs and the intended goals of this trip- contact the program to adjust this time.

Curriculum Topics

  • Leave No Trace
  • Crag Etiquette
  • Figure-8 Follow Through
  • Belaying
  • Climbing Technique

Packing List

  • Online medical questionnaire and waiver
  • Personal Medications inhaler, epinephrine, etc. Major medications should be noted on your Health Statement
  • Personal Medical Insurance Card
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick or Lip Balm Sun protection
  • Bandanna Versatile: sweat rag, hanky, napkin, etc.
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • *2 Water Bottles You need at least 2 liters of water with you
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat Ball Cap or Full Brim Hat
  • Approach Shoes, Hiking Boots, or Athletic Shoes hiking boots are strongly recommended due to potentially rocky and slippery conditions
  • Synthetic Clothing
  • *Rain Jacket
  • Base layer Cold Weather; Underwear layer; wicks sweat off your skin; synthetic, long base layers recommended; no cotton
  • *Middle layer Insulating layer; retains body heat to protect you from the cold; fleece and or flannel recommended; sweatshirts are okay
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • *Wool or Fleece Hat Synthetic
  • Camera Protective case is highly recommended
  • Small Backpack
  • **First Aid First aid kit, 1+ Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder, and an emergency communication device
  • **Activity Specific Gear Climbing Harness, Helmet, Belay Device, Climbing Shoes

*All items with an asterisk are available to check-out and included in the cost of your registration.

**All items under "First Aid" and "Activity Specific Gear" are supplied automatically by the Outdoor Adventure Program. All participant equipment is subject to trip leader approval. Please, contact us to review any personal gear you would like to bring in substitution of the gear we may provide.

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