Annapolis Rocks has some nice top-rope climbing. We're going to do an overnight at the campsite right by the crags. There's a water source right by the campsite and I'll be bringing my filter. But it's an uphill 2-mile hike from the parking lot to the crags/campsite, so you're better off bringing both your climbing gear and camping gear on the hike in. To attend, you must have climbed with the group at least 3 times in the past 6 months (we can check your attendance history through Meetup) and if you are interested but just aren't one of the regular gym climbers please email one of the organizers to describe your situation. Basically, you must know how to belay, and you must have your own shoes, harness, and helmet. If you have other gear, list it in your RSVP comment and we'll let you know if you should bring it. And if you've got a tent and/or stove you're willing to share, mention that too. If you haven't climbed outdoors before, that's OK, but you should at least be an experienced and competent gym climber. We're going to meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore metro station and carpool from there. It's about an hour drive to the trailhead parking lot. If you are willing to drive, mention how many passengers you can take in your RSVP comment. GPS coordinates for the parking lot are[masked], -77.603. Driving directions are
here. There's a station map
here. Note: Rock climbing equipment (especially the ropes) doesn't last forever. All of the equipment you'll be climbing on is personally owned and paid for by the organizers or other members that bring their personal gear. The $10 fee is for equipment wear-and-tear, not for instructional or guide services to be provided by any of the organizers or members. The fees will go into an account that will first pay the annual Meetup dues and then be used to purchase new group-owned equipment for future outdoor events. Suggested Camping Gear: Sleeping bag/pillow, FOOD (lunch/dinner for Saturday, breakfast/lunch for Sunday), tent, sleeping pad, change of clothes for Sunday, headlamp/flashlight, bowl/plate/eating utensils. Keep in mind that you'll be hiking an hour each way with whatever you bring, including your climbing gear.