Arc'teryx Open Climb Day

  • Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • 10:00 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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On Sunday, November 14th, from 10:00am - 2:00pm the Mountaineering Section of the PATC will be holding a joint top roping event with Arc'teryx at Carderock. 

The event is open to all. PATC-MS members will be there to help newcomers get fitted in a harness, a pair of climbing shoes and will belay you up the rock.

Volunteers Needed:

We also need about 8-10 volunteers to help set-up top-ropes and belay.  Please email Caroline if you would like to help and plan to arrive by 9:00am to help set-up.

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

Looking forward to this being another GREAT Mountaineering Section event! See you all out there! :) Spread the word!

Skills required:
For volunteers: Ability to belay, willingness to assist with tie-ins, adjusting harnesses, adjusting helmets, and providing encouragement to climbers. Ability to build a Top Rope system desired if providing a rope, and, of course, enthusiasm.

Equipment required:

For participants: All necessary gear (harness, shoes, helmets) will be provided. We recommend bringing sneakers just in case. If bringing kids and you have a kid’s bicycle helmet, bring that too.

For volunteers: Harness and belay device. 

Directions to Event:

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

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 (of course this military installation isn't displayed on the map); you cannot miss this GIANT complex.

  • Coming off the Beltway on the Clara Barton Parkway exit, heading west, take the first exit (right off-ramp) once you are on Clara Barton.
  • At that stop sign you'll be on an overpass, take a left to Carderock (you'll see the front gate of the military complex on the right).
  • Go over the overpass and follow the road as it swerves right, then left and the "Carderock" overpass.
  • You will arrive at a Stop sign affectionately called the "T". Make a right turn at the T-intersection and drive to the very last parking area.
  • Follow the trail past the restroom structure to the message board at the top of the crag. This was the approach; 1/7th of a mile if that.
  • You can follow the dirt trail right to get to the base of the crag or straight past the message board and over and down there is a craggy gully to carefully downclimb (very easy).
  • This crag is compact and continuous. Once you approach the message board you'll see the tangle of climbing anchors setup. You have arrived!!!! Enjoy!

For this event, PATC-MS will be set up in the parking lot to register participants. If you arrive late, find us at the crag instead.

Description of climbs:
Slick, schisty slab, but excellent for beginner face climbing. Climbs will range anywhere from 5.3 (easy) to 5.7-8 (moderate), depending on the number of routes and ropes available.

Cancellation Policy:
If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48 hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.

Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

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