New Climber Day 2019

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Carderock, MD
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  • If you know how to belay, and you'd like to volunteer (even for part of the day) as a PATC-MS member, sign up here!

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New Climber Day 2019

Ready to try outdoor rock climbing? Want to meet experienced, local climbers?

Join us for New Climber Day on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Carderock Recreation Area in Maryland, hosted by the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC-MS).

The event is open to all. No equipment is required, but athletic shoes are recommended for walking around the base of the cliff. If bringing a child, feel free to bring a child's bike helmet.

Experienced PATC-MS members help new climbers get fitted with a harness and climbing shoes, tie in, and belay them up a variety of easy to moderate routes on the cliff. 

Description of climbs:
Schist slab with quartz crystals - excellent for beginner face climbing. Climbs will range anywhere from 5.3 (easy) to 5.7-8 (moderate).

Directions to Event:

Top parking lot of Carderock Recreation Area (38.976050, -77.205239) [Google Map Link]

PATC-MS will be set up in the Carderock parking lot to register participants. If you arrive late, please follow the trail to the cliff (see directions below).

Please note: When searching for directions on your phone, 'Carderock' will incorrectly lead you to the community of Carderock, MD. 

The climbing area entrance is directly across from Naval Research Lab complex on the Clara Barton Parkway.

  • Heading west on Clara Barton Parkway from the I-495 beltway, take the first exit (right off-ramp).
  • At the stop sign take a left over the overpass to Carderock.
  • Follow the road through the tunnel and make a right turn at the stop sign
  • Drive to the very last parking area.
  • Park and meet PATC-MS volunteers at the parking lot. 
  • If you arrive late and don't see anyone in the parking lot, follow the trail past the restroom and to the base of the cliff.

PATC-MS Volunteers: 
We need 8-10 volunteers to help set-up top-ropes and belay. Volunteers should to arrive by 8:00am to set-up. Please sign up to volunteer in the spreadsheet below.

All belayers must be members of PATC-MS with liability waivers on file.

We also need several items: If you have the following equipment and would be willing to share for the day (even if you can't volunteer), please indicate in the spreadsheet below.

  • Children's harnesses and climbing shoes

Volunteer and equipment spreadsheet:

Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

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