Rock Climbing at Great Falls

Location: Ok , let's see if the weather will permitt us to get out and do some outdoor climbing. We'll be climbing at Great Falls National Park in Virginia. There isn't an actual street address for the park and the address listed above is just approximate. Get directions from here, or use GPS coordinates.  GPS coordinates for the park entrance:[masked], -77.255. GPS coordinates for the climber's sign-in board:[masked], -77.253910. Make a hairpin turn to the right about FIVE FEET past the entrance booth to get to the first parking lot. The climbers' sign-in board is at the far end of the parking lot. If you miss the turn (or that lot is full), park in the second lot and then walk back to the first parking lot.

Note: There is a $5/vehicle entrance fee at the park (unless you have an annual park pass, which costs $20). Carpool to save some $$.

The Climbing: Great Falls has dozens if not hundreds of climbs. We'll figure out what to set up once everyone gets there.

Required Equipment:

  • Harness
  • Climbing shoes (because of the weather, you may be more comfortable wearing socks w/ your climbing shoes)
  • Helmet - Even a bike helmet is better than no helmet
  • Food & Water (I'm not sure the park's concession stand will be open and it's a long walk from where the climbing is. So you should bring your own. Brownie points if you bring enough to share ;)
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunscreen & bug repellant

If you've got a climbing rope and anchor gear (static lines, locking biners, etc.) mention it in your RSVP. I'll increase the attendee limit once I know who else can go and what gear they can bring.

Required Experience:

  • You must know how to climb & top-rope belay (i.e. gym climbing) but you don't need to be a very good climber (though you do need to be a good belayer)
  • Outdoor climbing experience not required. This is a great "first time outdoors" trip.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Agreed. Thanks for the fun day all!

    March 25, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Not a bad day at all

    March 24, 2013

  • Adam M.

    Great photos Aaron. Thanks for posting them. For those that were with Dennis and me, I dropped a rope on Layback Dihedral (rated 5.4 but more like a 5.8) and I believe Dennis's ropes were on Photo-Op Arete (5.7) and Pride (5.4). This was all in the "Dihedrals" area.

    March 24, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    Nice day to be out, thanks organizers for putting it together!

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun introduction to climbing at great falls. Will definitely be back.

    March 24, 2013

  • Rachel G.

    Hey guys! Sorry to bail this morning. Have a friend in from out of town. Bummed to miss it!

    March 24, 2013

  • Jared

    We are going to walk to the rocks. Just come and look.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming, 20 min behind

    March 24, 2013

  • Gabi J.

    Sorry guys but this weather is a little too cold for my cold :(

    March 24, 2013

  • carine

    Sorry. I am going to pass with the weather but really look forward to the next climb.

    March 24, 2013

  • Julia

    Afraid I will not be able to make it after all :( Hope you guys will have a good climbing day!

    March 23, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I'm leaving from Alexandria. I can pick up at Eisenhower (or King St.) metro if anyone needs a ride.

    March 23, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Sorry to bail, but I've been sick the past couple of days.

    March 23, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Due to unforeseen circumstances I won't be able to make it. Hope everyone enjoys their day climbing.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can still come in the morning, but will have to leave around noon.

    March 22, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    We'll stay with sunday . I can not make it saturday , I have already made plans for saturday. If it does rain sunday at this point , they're saying late in the day

    March 19, 2013

  • Kerri

    I will not be able to make it after all.

    March 19, 2013

  • Jared

    Move it to Saturday?

    March 18, 2013

    • Rod

      Let's be optimistic, since I've got Saturday plans already.

      March 18, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Please update your rsvp if your plans change for this coming weekend. Right now the weather looks a little if'y but we'll see...

    March 18, 2013

  • Jared

    I'll lead a group to Bird's Nest. There is room for about 8 to 10 people.

    March 17, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Anyone who's plans change , please update your rsvp so the people on the waiting list can come aboard.

    March 13, 2013

  • Rod

    bringing TR setup.

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have TR gear and extra harness.

    March 11, 2013

  • Andrian H.

    on the waitlist also. Also have full Kit plus extra, am semi slow today, didn't add it to the waitlist comments like I was instructed to do... only 12 times before I joined the waitlist.

    March 10, 2013

  • Aaron L.

    I'll bring a top-rope setup.

    March 8, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Anyone bringing top rope set ups please mention it in your rsvp , Thanks

    March 4, 2013

  • Edith

    maybe

    March 3, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    If your bringing guest please update your rsvp

    March 2, 2013

    • Dennis H.

      Dave , click on rsvp again and there's a box to add the number of guest . You can only add up to two .

      March 3, 2013

    • Dave G.

      Thanks Dennis, I swear it wasn't there the first time

      March 3, 2013

  • carine

    I would like to bring 2 guests. Is that possible?

    1 · March 2, 2013

    • Jared

      Of course.

      March 2, 2013

    • carine

      Excellent! Thanks.

      March 2, 2013

  • Dave G.

    Bringing 1in guest and possible a TR setup

    March 2, 2013

  • Tim M.

    Bringing a rope and top-rope setup.

    February 28, 2013

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