Events



Upcoming events

    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Great Falls, NP. Meet climbers parking lot.
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    Crevasse Rescue Sequence Clinic


    At the Whitetail Snow Skills day most intermediate climbers want to learn glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques. Whitetail is a great place to practice those techniques, but learning them there is a waste of time better spent using the snow. The core elements (tying in, load shifting, lowering, hauling) are the same no matter where you do them. There is nothing special about doing them on snow. So this year I will hold a clinic to go through the glacier travel and crevasse rescue sequence, with time for some practice, before we go to Whitetail. If you want to work on this at Whitetail come to this clinic. We will not re-teach this at Whitetail, you will have the opportunity to practice it with advice, hopefully several times.


    Prerequisites:

        This is an intermediate to advanced clinic with prerequisite expectations.

        Solid intermediate skills on rock (you can belay, set a top rope anchor, rappel on your own)

        Knots: Figure 8 on a bight, prussic hitch, alpine butterfly, munter-mule-overhand (be sure you can do these in advance). Other friction hitches may be useful.

        Gear: Helmet, harness, 5 lockers, 5 non-lockers, cordelette, autoblock belay device or mini-traxion, a few slings, Texas prussik’s (see photo), extra prussic loop.

        Optional gear: More pulleys, mechanical ascender

        Group gear: One rope per two people, one TR kit per three people. Bring ropes and TR kits if you have them and we’ll sort out how many to carry in the parking lot.

        Other stuff: Water, snacks, weather appropriate clothes. Assume we’ll be out for a few hours.


    Plan: I will demonstrate two crevasse rescue sequences, the “basic” method and the “advanced” method. The “basic” method is intended for rope teams of 3-5 traveling on low hazard terrain. The “advanced” method is based on that taught by the AMGA and is appropriate for a two person team on more hazardous terrain. If the person falling in the crevasse is significantly injured then the advanced method may be required, and you would switch to it from the basic method. 


    The plan is that I will demonstrate then you’ll copy. You are encouraged to take notes, pictures, and even videos. Then you’ll rope up in teams and walk through the sequences. At Whitetail we can move onto cycling everybody through the sequence as the lead rescuer using snow anchors.


    The method I will demonstrate is based primarily on Glacier Mountaineering by Andy Tyson and Mike McClelland. A very similar method is shown in Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills with a slightly different prussic set up. You are welcome to use the “Freedom” version prussic if you like. Which ever version you use the exact lengths are likely to require some modification for your height and build. The lengths in the photo were set up for me (5’ 7”).


     

    PATC-MS Member Only policy: This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section only, in good standing with liability waivers on file. Please go to this page to join http://www.potomacmountainclub.org/Join_Us.

     

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

    • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • PATC-HQ, Vienna, VA
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    PATC-MS Monthly Meeting

    Smokehole Canyon Overview with Mike Gray. This month in Vienna, VA.



    Join us Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:00 pm as we conduct our monthly meeting.


    Smokehole Canyon Introduction with Mike Gray.


    Guidebook author and local climber Mike Gray will discuss this lesser-known crag near Seneca Rocks and answer questions about its history, ethics, routes, and other topics. 


    This meeting will be at PATC-HQ in Vienna, VA. Join at 7 PM for pizza and drinks.


    This meeting is open to all, members and non-members alike. Registration is not necessary; just show up!


    PATC-HQ

    118 Park St.

    Vienna, VA 22180

    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Whitetail Ski Resort
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    Snow Skills Day

    What:

    This will be an opportunity to practice snow skills at the Whitetail Ski Resort after it closes for the season. A ski area can be nearly ideal for basic snow practice, with great spaces for ice axe self arrest work, anchor building, and snow movement.


    Date:

    The date will depend entirely on when the downhill ski season ends. The tentative date is Saturday, March 16. It could be a week earlier, it could be a week later, or more in either direction, a date change could be announced at the last minute. 


    Signups:

    If you sign up please be aware that we will need to arrive together at Whitetail (no straggling in late) to check in and sign their releases and leave together. The meeting will be no later than 7:30 at the McDonald's near Clear Spring, MD (quite near Whitetail). If you are not at the Clear Spring, MD McDonald's at 7:30 you will not be able to enter Whitetail. After meeting at the McDonald's we will proceed together to Whitetail. We will also leave Whitetail together at the end of the event.


    When signing up please add yourself to the spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ALM5NY5UcPPg85ykdVTNeZ6PJkTa5sU9rXIm3fBxVb4/edit#gid=0 and indicate your level. For level please classify yourself as follows:


    1. Beginner. You want to learn how to put on crampons, self-arrest, and move over snow. Beginner+ if you did stuff at ASW but not since.


    2. Intermediate: You already know how to put on crampons, kick steps, plunge step, and you've self-arrested before. You've done them more than just once at ASW. You want to practice these skills and learn to use pickets, make anchors, and do other skills. At this level if you want to do glacier travel and crevasse rescue you need to learn the Texas prussik method and how to rig a 3:1 haul before you go to Whitetail.


    3. Advanced: You are solid on all basic skills with multiple days of practice on each and you've got all the gear. You can rig for glacier travel, you know how to rig a 3:1 haul for rescue on rock. You have something you want to practice, presumably with your partner. Tell us what it is you want to practice. If you want to practice glacier travel and crevasse rescue then indicate and note how you know the pre-requisites.


    4. Instructor: You feel good about teaching and supervising basic skills.


    Gear:

    Basic equipment for this event will be crampon compatible boots, crampons, and an ice axe (ice tools not necessary). If you'll need boots, crampons, or an ice axe please note that on the spreadsheet. The club has gear to lend out, but please check with the gearmeister@patcms.org to reserve gear, especially boots in your size. You may also be able to borrow gear from club members. If the weather is warm we might ignore crampons (they might be pointless) and just work on movement with boots.


    Also bring harness and helmet.


    Crevasse Rescue Practice:

    A lot of people come to this event wanting to learn roped glacier movement and crevasse rescue. This is a good location for basic practice. However, a lot of the skill is on arranging ropes and simple haul rigging, things more efficiently taught off the snow. We want to maximize time on the snow doing snow skills practice not learning how to rig a 3:1 haul. So if you sign up looking to do crevasse practice then we expect that you will arrive already knowing the basics, including rigging a Texas prussik for glacer travel or the equivalent and a 3:1 haul or you will attend a hands-on session that will be scheduled prior.


    Reminder:

    Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.


Past events

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Daks Big Haus 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 February Monthly Meeting - Summer Expedition and Skills Clinic
Saturday, February 02, 2019 Climbing Oriented Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 January Monthly Meeting - Annual Meeting and Election
Friday, January 18, 2019 New Ice Climber Weekend 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Alpine Skills Weekend 2019
Saturday, December 15, 2018 2018 PATC-MS Holiday Party
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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