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Outdoor climbing at Carderock

This event is suitable for people who have never climbed outdoors before, but you should at least know how to belay. You'll also need your own climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet). Be warned: You'll be doing a lot more standing around than you would at the gym because it takes us a while to set up the ropes. The group size is small because we can only set up so many ropes.

I will send out an email to everyone signed up with my cell phone # and any last-minute updates. I won't cancel if it's cold, but I will cancel if it's raining. If you're in doubt, you can always call me.

Carpooling: Although there's no fee to enter the park and usually plenty of parking, I encourage people to carpool. Save the environment, save gas, and maybe make a new friend. Carderock is only about 20 minutes from the Rosslyn, Bethesda, or Tenleytown metro stations. If you're willing to take people, indicate how many spots you've got in your car and which Metro station you can pick people up at.

What to bring: harness (required), helmet (required, but a bike or ski helmet is fine), climbing shoes (optional), hiking shoes/boots (I don't want people walking around barefoot or in flip-flops), food & water, clothing appropriate for weather, any additional climbing gear you've got (ropes, slings, carabiners, belay devices, etc.).

Where to Meet: We'll meet in the climber's parking lot at 9am. Look for Adam's blue Prius with license plate "BELAY ON." We'll wait there a few minutes and then we'll head to the crags. If you arrive late, call me or just walk over to the crags and ask people until you find us.

Directions

WARNING: If you just punch "Carderock" in your GPS/smartphone, it will *NOT* send you to the correct place. Either use the GPS coordinates [masked], [masked] or follow the directions below.

Driving directions from points north:

I-495 (Washington Beltway) West toward N. Virginia
Take Exit 41 (Carderock)
Take first exit (approximately 1 mile)
Turn left at top of ramp
Follow winding road to Stop sign, turn right
Follow road until it ends in the climber's parking lot

Driving directions from points south:

I-495 (Washington Beltway) North toward Rockville, Md.
Cross Potomac River on the American Legion Bridge (stay in right lane in order to exit at end of bridge)
Take Exit 41 (Carderock, Clara Barton Pkwy.)
Bear left at fork in ramp onto Clara Barton Pkwy.
Take first exit (approximately 1 mile)
Turn left at top of ramp
Follow winding road to Stop sign, turn right
Follow road until it ends in the climber's parking lot

Walking Directions from Climber's Parking Lot to Crags: Take the obvious path that runs from the parking lot past the bathhouse. When you see the informational sign, follow the path to the right, which leads down and around the crags. When you get to the river, follow the path to the left, back in the direction you came from. Total travel time from parking lot to crags is less than 10 minutes.

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  • Suzi

    It was great to meet everyone yesterday! Thank you to everyone who helped set this up :)

    April 7, 2013

  • Adam M.

    Dharmen & Dave - I'm out and internet access is real slow, so consider this equivalent to me inviting you to join us. Please just email me to confirm you're going

    April 5, 2013

    • Dave

      Thanks, Adam. I'm going. I'll see you in the morning.

      April 5, 2013

    • Dharmen U.

      Dude, thanks man... but I saw this too late.. now am secretly hating myself for checking my emails so damn late in the day.. hopefully see u soon

      April 6, 2013

  • Joe S.

    If anyone is still looking for a ride I am leaving from near the silver Spring Metro

    April 4, 2013

  • Adam M.

    I can give a ride for up to 3 people from the Rosslyn Metro. Rodrigo and lhb: it's probably much easier for both of you if I give Rodrigo a ride

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving from RIC so let me know if anyone needs a ride.

    April 2, 2013

    • Rodrigo S.

      Where is RIC? I am new to the area and do need a ride. Is it near any metro in DC?

      April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rodrigo,

      I'll be driving up from Richmond, VA (RIC or sometimes referred to as RVA). I'll head up I-95N to I-495 so if there is a metro easily accessible off the beltway, I could pick you up. I'm unfamiliar with DC area, so let me know what stop would work best and I'm happy to give you a ride!

      April 3, 2013

  • maya

    My plans changed, so I won't be joining you all on Sat. I will be at Carderock with a smaller group. Maybe next time!

    April 3, 2013

  • Michelle

    The waiting list doesn't allow a +1. So please count me as 2 on the waiting list.

    April 2, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thanks for including the +1 Adam. Jennifer, next time I will be sure to have my friend sign up on her own. See you all on Saturday!

      April 3, 2013

  • Rodrigo S.

    Hi, I recently moved to Washington DC and currently working at the Sierra Club. Have my own rope and anchors, but no rack :( I can lead up to 5.9 and top rope 5.11

    April 2, 2013

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