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?

Carderock Canal Steward Needed 

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

Saturday, April 06, 2019 9:00 AM • Carderock Recreation Area (see description for map link)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:00 PM • PATC-HQ, Vienna, VA
Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30 AM • Safe Harbor PA
Friday, May 03, 2019 6:00 PM • Seneca Rocks, WV
Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:00 AM • Carderock, MD

Recent forum updates

Sunday, November 11, 2018 10:26 PM • Mark Maier
Friday, November 09, 2018 12:28 PM • Bill Dudley
Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:41 AM • Deleted user
Monday, February 05, 2018 4:28 PM • Deleted user
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 11:41 PM • Ben Garza
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