Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • LYDIAN Roof Top 400 K STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20001

    Join us for the biggest blowout holiday party of the season!

    Saturday December 15th, 2018


    The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's Mountaineering Section invites you to our annual holiday party, joined by our friends from the American Alpine Club DC Section.



    Join us at the LYDIAN Roof Top 400 K STREET, NW WASHINGTON, DC 20001, for our Annual Holiday Party.  In store we've got a raffle to benefit the club with some seriously awesome items up for grabs; the ever-fun Yankee gift swap; our annual photo contest with sweet prizes; Golden Biner Awards; and who doesn’t love climber drinking games?!


    And let’s not forget the food and booze!  This will be a potluck-style event – we’ll take care of the main dish, you show off your side-dish culinary talent and spirits.  The old adage “the more, the merrier” applies!

    (please use the link

    to coordinate food and beverages-the Lydian is metro accessible)


    A few notes about the gift swap:  It'll be the standard Yankee gift swap split up into groups so that it doesn't take the whole evening and you have time to mingle and enjoy the rest of the festivities.  Gifts should be around the $15 range if you want to participate and do not need to be climbing-related, but of course, no one's going to complain if they are. ;)  We've had some great gifts in the past and it's a fun game.  If you have any other questions, just send us an email.


    There is on street parking and the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro is just around the corner Green, Red and Yellow lines.  

    We do have to set up tables and chairs so we need help with both setup and takedown.  If you'd like to help, please tick the boxes on the registration form...arrive at 6:30pm for setup; stay till about 10:30pm for cleanup.

    The fun starts at 7pm, wrapping up at 10pm-ish.

    So put on your party pants and don’t miss this.  We look forward to seeing you!




    • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Monday, January 21, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • North Conway, New Hampshire
    • 0
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    The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section (PATC-MS) organizes an Alpine Skills Weekend each winter to share our member’s mountaineering experiences from Mt. Rainier, Denali, Aconcagua and more.



    This sign up is just an application; all participants will be notified of acceptance to ASW soon after the application is filled out.  Detailed information on the weekend will be provided once you've been accepted. 

    Previous years we have split the group with some camping and some staying in the Harvard Cabin. This year, the entire team will camp outside.   


    Participants must also be an active member of the PATC-MS prior to October 8, 2018. 

    Consider the dates and training carefully.  This is one of our most popular events.  There will be a waiting list.  If you drop out of the course it may affect the other participants.    


    Remember, climbing, and especially mountaineering, is a dangerous sport. Mt. Washington has recorded many of the worst winds and coldest temperatures on record - anywhere. Climbers have died on this mountain before (this year!), and they will in the future. Do not underestimate what -20 degrees F air temperature feels like, especially for days on end.



    Basic list of skills covered: 

    · Introduction to general mountaineering equipment (crampons, ice axe, ropes)

    · Ascending a snow slope in boots

    · Use of crampons (climbing foot techniques)

    · Use of mountaineering ice axe

    · Self-arrest and glissading

    · Roped travel

    · Anchors (focus on deadman anchors, use of tools, snow pickets and ice screws)

    · Descending (focus on walk-off (plunge step, side-step, downclimbing, etc); rappelling (v-thread, bollards, etc) if time

    · Basic full process of ascending and descending a snow (and ice) gully (putting it all together)

    · Intro to ice climbing (optional—time and weather permitting)

    · Use of avalanche gear (optional – time and weather permitting)   


    No prior experience is required for ASW. Participants must obtain (rent, borrow, buy) general mountaineering equipment and winter clothing for possible extreme severe weather conditions.  Some equipment (axes, boots, crampons, avy gear) is available for checkout from the Club gear locker.  Rental gear is available in North Conway at International Mountain Equipment (IME) and Eastern Mountain Sports.

    A program guide will be distributed to all participants detailing all of the required gear and other logistics for the course.


    Lodging / Camping-

    This year all participants and mentors will camp outside, and will be required to share a tent (unless you bring your own 4 season tent).  Camping space is available outside the cabin for $10/night. These are first come, first serve spots.  Last resort is to stay at Joe Dodge Lodge and hike up each morning (approximately a 2-hour hike).


    Course dates: 17 -21 JAN 2019 (MLK Weekend)  

    You must plan to arrive at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center no later than 12pm on the Thursday, 17JAN.  Several leaders will be going up to North Conway on Wednesday evening (motel stay) to allow for plenty of time on Thursday to take care of any last minute things; recommend participants strongly consider this option.

    Training - 

    There will also be at least Three training hikes in Shenandoah National Park where all participants will carry a full pack over a long day of hiking.  The goal of the hikes is to help you understand the rigors of a good deal of elevation change and negotiating rugged terrain in colder weather.  Some (if not all) of these hikes will be mandatory for participants.


    Send all questions to Bill Kessinger (

    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Monday, February 18, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Adirondacks, near Elizabethtown
    Registration is closed
    Note: While all members in good standing are welcome to join this trip, this is not an instructional event! Participants are expected to arrange their own partner, guide, or group beforehand.

    Come join us for the club’s annual trip of alpine fun and ice climbing in the Adirondacks (aka Daks). Every year, we rent a large house in the greater Keene/Keene Valley/Lake Placid area and enjoy some beautiful frozen waterfalls and amazing snow covered mountains. This year we a large house closer to Chapel Pond and Keene.  


    This is a club event. However, there will be no club infrastructure for new ice climbers. Do not register for the event expecting others to teach you to ice climb, set up ropes, etc. If you are a new or inexperienced climber, please arrange a partner or obtain a guide ahead of time. We will circulate a Google spreadsheet and all registrants must provide their partner’s name. We will contact anyone who has not completed this portion of the Google spread by late fall. Do not register expecting to show up and find a partner when you get there.


    Finally, we are all adults. It’s expected that participants will be respectful of each other, clean up their mess, and help clean the house before everyone departs.


    Dates: February 14-18, 2019 (President’s Day Weekend)


    Sign-up: You must sign up on the PATC-MS Website ( and you must be a paid PATC-MS member in good standing with liability waiver on file. Sleeping location MUST be specified when signing up and will be on first come first serve basis. If you select a queen bed/futon, you will be sharing the bed with another member. Please obtain permission of person sharing bed with if they are a different gender. This happens every year, but for the love of god, DO NOT steal someone’s bed. You only get the spot you sign up for.

    Participants have until December 15 to pay their registration fee and club dues, at which point, if accounts are not settled, they will forfeit their spot to the next person the waitlist.

    Sleeping locations:

    Bedroom #1: King Bed

                Spot 1 and Spot 2

    Bedroom #2: King Bed

                Spot 3 and 4

    Bedroom #3: Queen Bed

                Spot 5 and 6

    Bedroom #4: Queen Bed

                Spot 7 and 8
    Bedroom #5:Queen Bed

                Spot 9 and 10

    Bedroom #6: Queen Bed, Queen Bed, Double Bed

         Spot 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

    Cost is $136.00 per person.

    Waitlist: This event generally fills up every year, but people also drop out. If/when the spots fill up, the waitlist will open. Newly vacated spots will be offered in order of sign-up to waitlisted members. If a member does not respond to the organizer and pay to reserve their spot, the next waitlisted member will be offered the spot.

    Cancellation: If you decide to cancel, a refund will only be issued if a replacement person can fill your spot. No refunds will be issued after Jan 31, 2019.


    House details: This house comes with a fully equipped kitchen and 4 1/2 bathrooms. 


    We will not have to deal with any steep driveway issues this year, but it’s still winter in the Adirondacks. It’s a safer bet to have a 4-wheel drive vehicles (with good tires). There is ample parking. Exact location will be provided to participants.


    Cell phone coverage: Service is limited in the Adirondacks, check with your provider to see if you have service. Wifi at the house.



    Club will provide coffee, coffee filters, and sugar. Please bring a snack to share (chips/dip/brownies, etc). On Saturday night, we’ll have a pot luck. You can walk to several bars/restaurants, as well as the grocery, liquor, and hardware stores, not to mention an Adirondacks museum and a hospital.  It is my goal that no one needs to visit the hospital.  Help me out with that.


    Ice Climbing Gear: Rental & Sales in the area:

    Mountaineer, Keene, NY

    EMS, Lake Placid, NY


    Ice Climbing Guide Services in the area:

    Adirondack Mountain Guides

    Rock & River



    Ice Conditions Reports and Guides has up to date reports on conditions. The Mountaineer will post weather and condition reports outside the front door as well. Blue Lines by Don Mellor is the climbing guide for the area. There were a few copies available at Earth Treks. Otherwise, order online or pick one up at the Mountaineer. also lists a number of routes online.


    Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

Past events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 November Monthly Meeting - Gear Swap and First Aid Clinic
Saturday, November 03, 2018 Friends of Seneca Rocks Fall Trail Work Day
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 October Monthly Meeting - Club Cascades Trip Show
Saturday, September 29, 2018 New Climber Day 2018 - Cancelled (again)
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 September Monthly Meeting - Climbing in Bolivia
Friday, August 31, 2018 Gunks Labor Day 2018!
Friday, August 03, 2018 August PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Fridays Social
Sunday, July 08, 2018 Last minute Great Falls Top Roping!
Friday, June 29, 2018 4th of July at Cannon Cliff/Rumney, NH
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Family Day 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 June Monthly Meeting - Climbing in Cuba
Saturday, May 19, 2018 CANCELED-New Climber Day 2018
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 PATC-MS May meeting
Friday, May 04, 2018 Seneca Rocks Cinco de Mayo Party
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 Carderock First Wednesdays - Weekday Toproping - May
Friday, April 27, 2018 Craggin' 4 Cures/PATC-MS - New Follower Weekend 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition
Saturday, April 14, 2018 New Climber Day 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 PATC-MS April meeting
Saturday, April 07, 2018 Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition
Wednesday, April 04, 2018 Carderock First Wednesdays - Weekday Toproping - April
Saturday, March 31, 2018 Seneca Rocks Spring Trail Work Day
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 March Monthly Meeting - Alpine Skills Week-end recap
Thursday, February 15, 2018 Daks Big Haus 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 February Monthly Meeting - Iceland climbing adventures
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 January Monthly Meeting - Annual Meeting and Election
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Alpine Skills Weekend 2018
Thursday, December 28, 2017 2018 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Saturday, December 16, 2017 2017 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Saturday, December 16, 2017 2017 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 November Monthly Meeting - Winter Gear Clinic - Gear Swap
Saturday, November 04, 2017 Climbing at the Cove Campground
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Red Rock Cayon Trip (Nevada)
Friday, October 20, 2017 2017 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend (Club sign-up)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 October Monthly Meeting
Sunday, September 24, 2017 Family Day 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 September Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Carderock First Wednesdays - September
Friday, August 18, 2017 PATC-MS Group Photo at Seneca South Peak
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 August Monthly Meeting - Rappel techniques clinic
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Seneca Rocks July Trail Work Day
Friday, July 07, 2017 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Fridays Social
Friday, June 30, 2017 2017 Fourth of July in the Adirondacks!
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Women's Crack Clinic
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 June Monthly Meeting - Wilde Leck - Alpine Climbing in Austria
Friday, May 26, 2017 2017 Girls in the Gunks!
Friday, May 26, 2017 Gunks Memorial Day 2017!
Saturday, May 20, 2017 New Climber Day 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Trail Work Leader Training Weekend
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 May Monthly Meeting - Trekking and Climbing in Patagonia
Friday, May 05, 2017 Seneca Rock Cinco de Mayo Party
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Carderock First Wednesdays - May
Friday, April 21, 2017 New Follower Weekend 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Carderock Wednesdays
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 April Monthly Meeting - Yosemite Club Trip Presentation
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 March Monthly Meeting - Alpine Skills Weekend Talk
Wednesday, February 08, 2017 February Monthly Meeting - Trad Leader Panel!
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2017 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 PATC-MS 2017 Annual Meeting | Gear Swap
Thursday, January 12, 2017 Alpine Skills Weekend 2017
Friday, December 09, 2016 2016 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2016 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Friday, November 04, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Fridays Social
Friday, October 21, 2016 2016 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend (Club sign-up)
Saturday, October 15, 2016 Fall Trail Work Day at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in Greece
Sunday, September 25, 2016 Top rope (and lead!) at Sugarloaf!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting
Saturday, September 03, 2016 Yosemite National Park Trip
Sunday, August 14, 2016 Great Falls Top Roping!
Sunday, July 31, 2016 Family Day 2016!
Friday, July 15, 2016 Gunks in July 2016!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | The Last Great Climb
Friday, July 01, 2016 Fourth of July in the Adirondacks!
Saturday, June 25, 2016 New Trad Leader Day 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016 New Climber Day 2016
Wednesday, June 08, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Heli-Skiing in BC
Friday, May 27, 2016 New River Gorge: Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 20, 2016 Girls in the Gunks (again)!
Friday, May 13, 2016 New Follower Weekend 2016
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | A (Climbing) Stroll through Scandinavia...and Scotland
Friday, May 06, 2016 Cinco de Mayo Seneca Trip
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Spring Trail Work Day at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | SE Asia Adventuring
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Saturday, March 19, 2016 WINTER IS COMING (In 9 Months)!!! Late-season Alpine Skills Clinic
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Mt. Washington Trip Report!
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016 Daks Haus Registrant Donations
Saturday, February 13, 2016 New Ice Leader Weekend 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016 Daks Big Haus 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Club Summer Expedition
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Alpine Skills Weekend 2016
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 2016 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Elections and Gear Swap!
Friday, December 11, 2015 2015 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 (copy) PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing and Access
Saturday, December 05, 2015 Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2015 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Thursday, November 12, 2015 2016 Mountaineering Section Candidate Nominations
Saturday, November 07, 2015 Fall Trail Workday at Seneca Rocks
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend 2015 Info (Public)
Friday, October 23, 2015 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend (Club sign-up)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Club's Colorado Climbing
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Reel Rock 10!
Friday, September 04, 2015 Gunks Labor Day 2015!
Friday, August 14, 2015 Girls in the Gunks!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | First Aid
Sunday, July 26, 2015 Women's Overhang Clinic
Sunday, July 19, 2015 Family Day - 2015!
Friday, July 17, 2015 Gunks Grey Hair Weekend
Wednesday, July 08, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Brit Rock!
Thursday, July 02, 2015 Annual Fourth of July at Seneca Rocks, WV
Friday, June 26, 2015 Chicks With Nuts 2015, Round 2!
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Boulder, Colorado Climbing Trip
Friday, June 12, 2015 New Follower Weekend 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Tricks & Treats
Friday, May 22, 2015 New River Gorge: Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Desert Climbing
Saturday, May 09, 2015 New Climber Day!
Friday, May 01, 2015 Cinco de Mayo Seneca Trip!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 New Trad Leader Day!
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Women's Intro to Crack
Saturday, April 11, 2015 Spring Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alpine Skills Clinic
Sunday, March 29, 2015 WINTER IS COMING (In 9 Months)!!! Late-season Alpine Skills Clinic
Saturday, March 28, 2015 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | The Warrior's Way
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 Smugglers Notch Ice Climbing
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Daks Big Haus 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in the Sierras
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Alpine Skills Weekend
Friday, January 02, 2015 New Ice Climber Weekend 2015
Friday, December 12, 2014 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Saturday, November 22, 2014 2014 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Saturday, October 18, 2014 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off Weekend Info (Public)
Saturday, October 04, 2014 Clinic: Gym-to-Crag Sport Leading Transition
Sunday, September 28, 2014 New Climber Day 2014!
Saturday, September 13, 2014 New Follower Weekend
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alpinism and Mountaineering
Saturday, September 06, 2014 Fall Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Saturday, August 30, 2014 Gunks Labor Day!
Sunday, August 10, 2014 Rope Skills Workshop
Saturday, August 09, 2014 Beat the Heat!
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Family Day - 2014!
Friday, July 11, 2014 Women Climbers Fifth Women's Climbing Summit
Thursday, July 03, 2014 4th of July at Seneca - Potluck and Camping!
Friday, June 27, 2014 Chicks With Nuts at Seneca Rocks, Round 2!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Expedition Denali film screening
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Trip to Roger’s Rock
Saturday, June 07, 2014 Carderock Adopt a Crag
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing Tips/Tricks/Gimmicks
Friday, May 23, 2014 PATC-MS * New River Gorge Memorial Day Trip 2014!
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Memorial Day Climbing Location Vote
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Haute Route Ski Mountaineering Tour
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Spring Trail Work Weekend at Seneca Rocks
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Presentation: Climbing Mt. Slesse in the North Cascades
Saturday, April 19, 2014 New Trad Leader Day!
Friday, April 11, 2014 Chicks With Nuts at Seneca Rocks, Round 1!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon
Sunday, April 06, 2014 Advanced Leader Skill Day: Esoteric anchoring tips/solutions for problem anchor sites
Sunday, March 30, 2014 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Tim Rose Clinic - Strength Conditioning for Climbers (at Mix and Mingle Membership Drive and Clinic)
Saturday, March 15, 2014 GET ON THE WIDE SIDE with the PATC-MS Offwidth Clinic
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Climbing in New Zealand
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 March 12, 2014 Vote on Motions
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek, Utah
Saturday, February 15, 2014 New Ice Leader Weekend
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Daks Big House
Friday, January 03, 2014 New Ice Climber Weekend
Friday, December 13, 2013 PATC-MS Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2014 Mountaineering Section Election Voting
Saturday, November 16, 2013 POSTPONED - Aid Climbing Practice
Friday, November 15, 2013 2014 Mountaineering Section Candidate Nominations
Thursday, November 07, 2013 PATC-MS Annual Photo Contest
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 Tysons REI — PATC Presents: Climbing the Ecuadorian Andes
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Night Orienteering
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Prince William Forest Orienteering Training
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Mid Atlantic Climbers - Great Falls Adopt-a-Crag
Friday, October 18, 2013 Annual Seneca Rocks Chili Cook-off weekend
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 PATC-MS Monthly Meeting | Paragliding
Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Washington DC GORE-TEX® Pro Products and AAC Peek Launch Event
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Mid Atlantic Climbers - Carderock Adopt-a-Crag
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Reel Rock - A climbing film night
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Mt. Rainier Trip Presentation - PATC-MS monthly meeting
Saturday, July 20, 2013 Intro to Overhangs Clinic
Saturday, May 04, 2013 Women's Intro to Overhangs Clinic
Sunday, March 03, 2013 Clinic: Top-Rope Anchors
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