The first edition of Boston Rocks was published in 1987, after much hard work by Editor Larry LaForge and a cadre of dedicated volunteers. It followed the first region-wide guidebook, Climbing In Eastern Massachusetts by Steve Hendrick and Sam Steibert, 1975. The new edition of Boston Rocks took over 80 volunteers and 4 years to complete, and includes information on more than 800 routes at more than 50 different areas.
What's new? Some 50 new crags or boulders are described, including bouldering areas, small toprope cliffs, and a few larger cliffs that can be lead. The bouldering information in the updated Boston Rocks is far advanced from the previous guides, and was up to date as of late 2002. The guide has a clean, new design, about half of the cliff illustrations are new and the rest have been cleaned up and updated, all of the maps are new and up-to-date, route descriptions have been added, as have photographs, GPS locations, and informational icons.