The MIT Outing Club regularly runs School of Rock (also known as the MITOC Rock Program), a mentor session dedicated to getting climbers outside on real rock. SoR currently runs in two tracks, sport climbing and trad climbing. The sport track is for climbers learning to lead bolted sport climbs, and the trad track is for those who want to follow and lead trad (traditional gear protected) climbs. Both tracks focus on developing technical competencies and mentor-mentee relationships through a series of weeknight technical review sessions and weekend trips.

Open to MIT Outing Club members - join.

Article about School of Rock Fall 2021: https://news.mit.edu/2021/climbing-new-heights-school-of-rock-mit-outing-club-1208


Application FAQs

How should I decide which track to apply for?

In short, we encourage applications from folks of all levels of experience! We’re most interested in your stoke and building a wide community of climbers.

What if I don’t have enough experience or just want to try rock climbing outside for the first time?

Come to a Circus! A circus is a weekend of hiking and climbing trips in New Hampshire. It’s a great way to meet fellow outdoorsy folks and check out the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We typically run these once a month, May through October. They will be announced on the main MITOC mailing lists at least two weeks in advance.


Week 1

Week 2

Week 3


$100, which includes:


SoR will follow MIT’s latest COVID travel policy and all applicable local regulations at the time of each event.


Climbing is an inherently dangerous sport, and no amount of instruction or precaution can fully eliminate the associated risks. MITOC is not a guiding service, and this program will not be led by AMGA certified instructors. Mentors in this program are members of the MITOC community who are volunteering to share their experience and knowledge with the rest of the community.