Adam Marcus

Assistant Organizer

The Vulture Whisperer


Arlington, VA
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Member since:

August 6, 2009



I'm a rock/ice/mountain climber raised in Florida. I've summitted Mt. Hood, Mt. Washington (in winter), and attempted Mt. Rainier.

Where would you like your next mountaineering adventure to be? Is it a daydream, or a firming-up plan?

I want to hike up Mt. Washington and ride down on my splitboard. Hoping to do it this season, but haven't started making plans yet.

Have you done any skiing in the backcountry -- if so, where?

I'm a solid snowboarder and can get down anything inbounds at both east-cast and west-coast resorts without too much trouble (though I snowplow at the tops of some of the black diamonds). I've done a tiny bit of sidecountry snowboarding, but nothing beyond that. Hoping to change that w/ the splitboard I bought in 10/2010.

Have you done any rock/ice climbing? (Not a pre-requisite, but helpful -- and you have to be willing to learn.)

I've been a weekly gym climber for about 8 years. I've done about 2 dozen outdoor day trips. Mostly top-roped, but I've done some sport leading and trad seconding. This season I started trad leading and did a one-day aid climbing course. I've also done about 10 days worth of guided top-roped ice climbing in New Hampshire spread across a half-dozen or so weekend trips.

What is your most memorable summit? (Yes, they are all memorable... But we are interested in your mountaineering/technical experience, so let us know about that hard one!)

Looking Glass rock in North Carolina. It was my first outdoor climbimg experience and I was the middle guy in a 5-person team doing a 4-pitch trad climb in near-freezing temperatures. Epic!

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  • KC Wade

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Hi Adam, I have a random question: if I'm looking to borrow climbing shoes on a last-minute basis, is there an easy way to ask the Meetup Group? Mine are still en route to DC, but I want to go on an outdoor trip Saturday morning. Know anyone with size 11 W or 9.5M shoes that I can meet up with somewhere tomorrow? Thanks! - KC

    Jun 26, 2014 3:54 PM
  • Gene

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Hey Adam,

    That brown pullover(REI) was mine. Do you work inside DC?
    If not, if I send you a postage paid mailer, will you stuff it in and send it for me? Thanks!

    Apr 14, 2014 12:21 PM
  • Steve

    DC/MD/VA Adventures

    Thank you for driving. It was a very fun trip!

    Sep 07, 2013 8:16 PM
  • Joe

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Hey Adam, I"m going to be in Ocean City, MD for the summer. Do you know of any walls in the area, even in a gym, perhaps in Salisbury? I have had no luck locating one.

    May 02, 2013 8:35 PM
  • Christina

    Thanks for belaying me :)!

    Nov 13, 2012 10:20 PM
  • Ellen

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Hi Adam. If it is ever dry again outdoors.....wo­uld love to get you out with the north of the river fun group up here. Looking forward to a future climb...Ellen

    Sep 07, 2011 8:29 AM
  • Howard S.

    Thanks for your time last night at the gym. Had a blast!

    Aug 11, 2011 8:34 AM
  • Jennifer

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Adam you may want to update your intro as I'm sure you have your lead belay card by now ;)

    May 22, 2011 2:02 AM
  • Jennifer

    Adam - you may wanna repost this in DC/MD/VA Adventures since no experience is necessary and it's a charity event.­­

    Apr 18, 2011 1:34 AM
  • Ellen

    The VA/MD/DC Rock Climbers Meetup Group

    Hi, again! The Wilderness Medicine Field Course is $250 for the 3 days Maryland course (Montgomery County and Frederick County Parks ) and $500 for the 7 day expanded medical "road trip" course held in the Mountains of Tropical Pennsylvania and West Virginia ( Ohiopyle and Coopers rock! )

    Jan 26, 2011 10:24 AM
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