Why does MITOC need climbing leaders?

Climbing is inherently dangerous. We want to make sure our leaders are prepared to lead climbing trips safely. This also allows for prospective climbing leaders to co-lead trips with leaders and to later become a full leader.

What are the leader benefits?

Note:Trips must be announced (on the mailing list) as well as posted to the trip signup at minimum 4 days before the trip goes out. These incentives are intended to meet new people and teach new skills, not to simply have a cheaper ride for your friends. Any trip not adhering to this policy will not be reimbursed (at the discretion of the climbing chair). The climbing chair must be notified of any trips lead as well as the number of participants.

How do I become a leader?

Due to the inherit risk involved in climbing and the variety of skills required, MITOC uses a leader rating system with different categories for different styles of climbing. MITOC leaders should be experienced and comfortable in the styles that they are rated for.

To get a new or upgraded leader rating, please submit an application and have two current MITOC climbing leaders with the desired rating submit a recommendation.

I want become a leader but I’m not ready yet

The best way to learn all the skills necessary is to co-lead some trips with leaders or the climbing chair. Let us know if you’re interested!


Contact climbing-chair@mit.edu

Climbing Leaders