March through November
Boston, MA is a 15 minute drive away
Beginner to advanced
Experience the best rock climbing close to Boston
If you are looking for rock climbing adventures, there is no better place than the rock-solid heart of Massachusetts! No matter if you’re a beginner or a climbing expert, you’ll find it all in Quincy Quarries. With wonderful, compact rock and a variety of routes, there aren’t many outdoor climbing locations that can compete with the Greater Boston area. Offering dozens of moderate and traditional climbing lines, Quincy Quarries is a great place to discover that perfect climb!
At only a 20-minute drive from the downtown area, there are numerous routes spread over 21 small crags that have been capturing the eye of many eager climbers for decades. Ease of access makes this a popular destination for beginner climbers trying to gain new skills, as well as adventure enthusiasts looking forward to mastering a more challenging climb. Don’t wait any longer – get the most out of your climbing experience with instruction from a certified local guide and find your perfect climbing spot in Quincy Quarries!
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A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Looking to master a specific skill or accomplish a particular goal? Whatever your goal might be, tailor your climbing day to your needs and schedule. Even if you’ve never rock climbed before or you are a climbing expert both indoors and outdoors, this adventure is your perfect choice! Your guide will choose routes to suit your skill level and the day will be adjusted to your desires. You’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing as detailed as possible and set out to become the most skilled and confident rock climber! You’ll learn everything about the equipment, knots and terminology, before moving right into belaying, body position, footwork and working around the climbing site. After the class, don’t be surprised if your climbing success keeps you coming back for more, year after year!
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Quincy
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Quincy, please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) or City of Quincy website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of rock climbing
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Snacks or meals
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Quincy has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Quincy has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What does a typical day look like?
Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 9:00 am: Meet your guide at the Quincy Quarry parking area
- 9:30 am: Sign a waiver form, gear up and carpool to the crag
- 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
- 12:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
- 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 4:1 and cost is per person.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids younger than 14 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Flexible Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations seven (7) to thirteen (13) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a credit with that Guide for another identical or substantially similar Booking, or a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations one to six calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus a One Hundred-Fifty Dollar ($150) reservation fee. For cancellations anytime less than 25 hours in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Quincy, most people fly into Boston International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service which will take you 20 minutes to reach the Quincy area.
On the day of your climb, you will meet at the Quincy Quarry parking area and make your way as a group to the crag. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.