Who Are We?

We are a diverse group of local climbers. Young and old, male and female, crag rat and alpinist, active and armchair types-We all enjoy climbing in its many varieties. We also share a common interest in promoting safe climbing, conserving the outdoor resource, developing new climbing skills, representing the DC Metro climbing community and having fun doing it! 

The Potomac Mountain Club, aka, is the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, a non-profit corporation, devoted to responsible use of the outdoor resource.

What's New?

Monongahela National Forest Climbing Management Plan

PATC-MS is soliciting comments from climbers. We want to hear from YOU about the future of Seneca, Smoke Hole Canyon, Spruce Knob, and other areas of the Monongahela National Forest!

By Laws Snapshot...


  1. To provide the opportunity for group enjoyment of mountaineering and related activities;
  2. To train interested people in mountaineering techniques;
  3. To provide public service through specialized mountaineering techniques;
  4. To foster the conduct of these activities in a safe manner.

What's Happening

Upcoming events

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 6:00 PM •
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 4:00 PM • Carderock Recreation Area, Billy Goat Trail C trail head
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 5:00 PM • Carderock Recreation Area, Billy Goat Trail C trail head
Saturday, August 07, 2021 8:00 AM • Carderock, MD
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 6:30 PM • Arc'teryx Washington DC Brand Store, 1099 H Street NW, Washington, DC

Recent forum updates

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:44 AM • Deleted user
Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:26 PM • Mark Maier
Friday, November 09, 2018 12:28 PM • Deleted user
Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:41 AM • Deleted user
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