School of Rock
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 only to MIT Outing Club members.
- Due: Tuesday, September 7
- Notification: between Friday, Sept 10 and Monday, Sept. 13
- We will give preferences to MIT students, those that can commit to all or a majority of of weekends and TRSs, and our desire to create a diverse climbing community and climbing leader pipeline within MITOC.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accept everyone that applies. We do our very best to accommodate as many folks as possible, but we typically receive 4-5x the number of applications as we have spots.
- TRS: Tuesday September 28th, 7-9pm
- TRS: Thursday September 30th, 7-9pm
- Weekend Trip: October 2-3
- TRS: Tuesday October 5th, 7-9pm
- TRS: Thursday October 7th, 7-9pm
- Weekend Trip: October 9-10 (potentially Indigenous People’s Day on Oct 11 as well)
- TRS: Thursday, October 14th, 7-9pm
- Weekend Trip: October 16-17
$100, which includes:
- Cabin / tent stays
- Saturday dinners for weekend trips
- Group gear (ropes, quickdraws, cams, etc.)
- Does not include transportation, required personal gear (helmet, shoes, harness, etc), or Gunks passes for trad participants.
- If the fee is prohibitive, please indicate this on your application.
- Program fees help cover the above costs, all leaders are volunteers and are not paid for their time.
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 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.