Rock climbers train all-season on boulders ranging from eight to
fifteen high in the school’s very own bouldering field (Oil Field) just
minutes from the main campus. Collectively, there are over 100 problems
to test even the most experienced climber. On some Wednesdays, they will
travel just down the road to Great Barrington’s gneiss boulders, which
host some of the best problems in New England. In addition, climbers
also train on the school’s climbing wall with routes set for systematic
training of varying grips.
The rock climbers travel to various venues throughout New England to
test their skills. They have done many trips to the vertical cracks of
the Adirondacks. When the foliage is at its peak, they climb over 300
feet above the forest floor in the Shawangunks of New Paltz, NY. Usually
the season ends with a longer sport climbing trip to the infamous crags
of Rumney, NH.
The RMKP supplies climbers with all their equipment, including shoes,
chalk bags, bouldering pads, ropes, harnesses, technical gear, etc.
Rock climbing at Berkshire invites the novice to learn basic rock
climbing techniques. It also challenges the seasoned veteran to push his
or her limits. In the end, everyone enjoys the experience and becomes a