• The 2015 Summer Grant has been awarded to the Denali Trip!
  • John Imbrie and Dennis Drayna, first ascensionists of some of New England's first WI 5 climbs, back at Harvard, February 26! Click for more.
  • The Jimmy Watts Memorial Weekend will be held at the Harvard Cabin on February 28 and March 1. Please join us!
  • Ueli Steck Visited Campus!


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Spring Break trips, Mar 13-22, have been announced: a rock trip to Red River Gorge, and a snow and ice trip Baxter State Park, home of Katahdin!

The last weekend of the season for the Harvard Cabin will be April 4-5th. Join us!

We will be holding two Self-Rescue Courses with Marc Chauvin on April 11th and 12th.

Welcome to the Harvard Mountaineering Club!

Since 1924, the Harvard Mountaineering Club has gotten members of the Harvard community outside and into the mountains, doing everything from hiking the White Mountains and learning to rock climb at Quincy Quarries to embarking on major expeditions and setting up first ascents around the world. Although we are an undergraduate run organization, we are open to all members of the Harvard community (undergrads, grad students, post docs, faculty, staff, business/law/medical school student, etc.).

We invite you to come to our meetings, every Thursday night at 8:00 PM in Claverly Hall. This is when we share stories from previous trips and make plans for the next weekend, break, expeditions or other bigger trips. We are also known to engage in some general revelry. If you can't make a Thursday meeting, don't worry. The Mountain List is a great resource to find partners to climb with.

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News and Updates

John Imbrie and Dennis Drayna, February 26

Ever wonder what multipitch WI 5+ in the ’70s was like?               . . . .   Come find out from those who did it first! John Imbrie and Dennis Drayna Thursday, February 26 at 8pm, Sever Hall 203, Harvard Yard, Free Admission               […]

Winter Skills Weekend 2015

What: We will be practicing winter snow and mountain skills very different from those covered on Intro Ice Trips. Here is a brief overview of the program: – Mt. Washington Via Lion Head + maybe some gully parties – Crampons and ice axe use + self arrest practice – snow anchors (pickets, flukes, bollards, deadmen) – […]

Ice Intro Trips: Jan 31 – Feb 1

What: Begginer-intermediate ice climbing day trips to nearby top-rope accessible areas with your HMC friends Check out here for a better idea of what this should look like. . Where: TBD, will vary by day and group!  . When: We will have day trips going out both Saturday and Sunday, Jan 31 and Fed 1. Expect […]

Cabin Update – December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 Seasons Greetings Mountaineers, Click to Enlarge Happy Friday! Despite a better then normal December on Mt. Washington, I’ll skip right to the chase. This weekend is going to be one of the highlights of the season! It was a beautiful day in the Mt. Washington Valley, however, things up high are only […]

Cabin Update: November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014Harvard Cabin Mountaineers, Harvard Cabin opens for the 2014-15 Season on Monday, December 1st, 2014! Well, folks, it’s that time again…time to enjoy time on a windy mountain and catch-up on the latest conditions and cabin news from one very long-winded caretaker. After an awesome summer in The Sprinter, Marcia and I are […]

Featured Trip Reports

Pre-Dacks/Intro Ice

With last week’s cold spell the ice season has finally truly begun! We had a packed weekend trip! Four cars, including: Nicholas Joseph (College ’17), Ye Fu (Chemistry postdoc), Kilian Dahlem (HMS), Jonathan Scheff (HGSE), Theresa Cheng (HGSE), Bryan Nelson (HGSE), Clint Montague (MIT Sloan), Rajko Radovanovic (College ’17), made a two day trip. The first […]

HMC Summer Trip: The North Cascades, 2008

The North Cascades: Trip Overview by Dunbar Carpenter The Harvard Mountaineering Club has a long and illustrious histo­ry of activity in the mountainous regions of North America, a his­tory that today’s club both reveres and struggles to live up to. In recent years, the HMC has had considerable success as a climbing club, as we […]

HMC Summer Trip: The Selkirks, 2011

In August of 2011, seven Harvard Mountaineers set off into the wilderness of the Northern Selkirk mountains in eastern British Columbia to climb Mt Sir Sandford.  The trip included former HMC President Jimmy Watts, organic chemistry graduate student David Ford, and five undergraduate officers: Kathryn Sall, Sam Brotherton, Nick Waldo, Chris Heller, and Peter McCarthy.  […]

Most Recent Trip Reports

Shoestring gully – January 2015

While the main HMC group was across the Saco river at Frankenstein cliffs preparing for the Daks, my partner, Florian Huber, and I headed over to Shoestring gully on Mt. Webster for our first ice climb of the season. Shoestring gully is an easy ice and snow climb that makes for a fine mountaineering adventure. […]

Dent du Géant – July 2012

‘Absolutely inaccessible by fair means!’ – Albert F. Mummery The year was 1880, the alps had been conquered both the Golden age of mountaineering had come to an end with the first ascent of the Matterhorn fifteen years ago in 1865.  Now, too, the Silver age of mountaineering was drawing to a close.  Only a few peaks remained […]

Cathedral, November 2014

We had three cars head out to Cathedral this past weekend. In attendance were William Bloxham, Nicholas Joseph, William Spearman, David Migl, Daniel Bridgwater, Rishi Reddy, Erik Tamre, David Hu, Claire Stolz, Eugene Kwan, and Rajko Radovanovic. We split up into three groups: one went up Funhouse and Upper Refuse, another climbed at the North End, […]

High E, Horseman, and some night climbing

We had two cars head out to the Gunks this past weekend + 1 car of friends meeting up with us from New York. One car headed up on Saturday, including Ye Fu, David Migl, Yunan Gao and Alex both from MIT. On the way there, we decided to do the Beginner’s Delight (5.4), a three-pitch climb, […]

Fall Intro Rock Trip: Red Rocks

We got out this weekend for an intro trip to Red Rocks, MA. We had a great time top-roping some fun climbs and we had some more experienced members get in a couple nice trad leads as well! Trip participants were Remi Yang, Erik Tamre, William Bloxham, Christine Tian, Nick Bobbs, Ivan Ivanov, Ali Monfre, […]