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

Sunday, December 12, 2021 6:00 PM • Carderock Springs Club
Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:00 AM • North Conway, New Hampshire

Recent forum updates

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:15 PM • Caroline Phelps
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 8:44 AM • Deleted user
Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:26 PM • Mark Maier
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