Outdoor climbing overnight at Annapolis Rocks

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.

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  • Guinevere

    It was a great time!

    May 11, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    Katie just trash them! Apologies, I meant to tell you that on the day!

    May 10, 2010

  • erez

    If the weather wasn't almost nasty, it would have been a 6 stars.
    We did the best we could with the wind & rain & cold.

    May 10, 2010

  • Katie H.

    Lindy, I have your socks. I'll wash them and give them to Adam on Wed. for him to give to you on Thursday night.

    May 10, 2010

  • Adam M.

    I just posted an event for Thursday - http://rockclimbing.meetup.com/...­

    May 10, 2010

  • Adam M.

    You were all real troopers! The Weather Channel website reports a low of 45 degrees for Sunday in Myersville, MD--and that's not including the wind chill. I like Erez's idea of meeting at Earth Treks. I'll be there.

    May 10, 2010

  • erez

    I third it! BTW, how about a special after-trip get together?
    I suggest ET at Rockville this Thursday, I have a couple of guest passes we can use and Lindy has a couple as well... And we can go after to a local place to share pictures and reminisce and get warm [I'm still cold, you see ;]

    May 10, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I second what Lindy said! Thanks Adam and Katie. And everyone else for your great energy in spite of Mother Nature's best attempts to blow us, rain us or freeze us out! :-)

    May 10, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    Thank you Adam and Katie! It was a memorable weekend of fun and good climbing despite the horrid weather. You guys were awesome! Katie, I hope the bruises were not too bad. Thank you to everyone for belays, good advice and tons of laughs! Dare I say it (again)... you guys... rock?

    May 10, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    Despite mother Nature's attempts to freeze, wash and blow us out of the woods, this was a great weekend. Thanks to Adam and Katie for excellent organization and for providing gear! The location and climbs were brilliant! Adam is the most together dude in the universe, what with water filter, extra stoves, gear (your pack weighed what?) and even a virtual campfire. Alas, for me, the latter was no match for the weather so I listened to the "campfire" talk from the depths of a tent.
    Thanks too, to fellow "mummies" for making this a fun expedition with story-telling, laughs and good climbing.

    May 10, 2010

  • Sheila

    It was fun. Could've been awesome, if it weren't for the unexpectedly cold weather! Fun group of people!

    May 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Follow-up - sheila and I are going to depart DC around noonish to go hiking. We'll see you all at the trail head!

    May 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    In case anyone is online, I thought I'd throw this out there.... the hour by hour weather for Sunday on weather.com indicates that it's not going to get up to 60 until around 2:00pm or so. I wonder if anyone wants to leave earlier today to take advantage of the relatively better weather - t-storms seem to have left the area. chances of them are only 10% the rest of the day...

    May 8, 2010

  • Sheila

    Going with the flow as well, but yes, I agree, camping is half the fun!

    May 7, 2010

  • Adam M.

    Thanks for being a team player, Kerry. But with the iffy weather, I don't think we'll have a problem w/ the campsite. It's not very popular and it's a pretty big area, so we shouldn't have any problems.

    May 7, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm happy to go with the flow, too. If we think someone should get there early to reserve camping spots, I'm happy to be one of those people! I've never been there before and wouldn't mind browsing around, even if we can't start climbing.

    May 7, 2010

  • erez

    I'll go with the flow, Sat. later start will be fine w/me :))
    BTW, out of curiosity -- are there any restrictions on types of beverages allowed in the park?

    May 7, 2010

  • Adam M.

    I agree w/ Katie. How about this plan: Around 5:30pm today, I'll do a final weather check and decide between sticking w/ the original plan or moving back the meetup time at the metro station to 3pm. That'll still give us time to take a look at the cliffs and set up camp before dark. I will send out an email with the update, but feel free to call me if you won't have easy access to email tonight.

    May 7, 2010

  • Jen

    I'm completely flexible. I don't know much about the camping there. Some places fill up fast and it's better to arrive early to make sure you get a spot. But again, I don't know much about the area and if that's even a problem. Either way. I'm definitely all for camping out Saturday night, though....I agree that that's at least half the fun!

    May 7, 2010

  • Katie H.

    Leaving later on Saturday and making Sunday the primary climbing day makes a lot of sense to me. Camping out overnight is half the fun of a trip. Plus, I'd much rather hike and them have some downtime before climbing (another reason why I'm not a fan of the arrive on Sunday morning plan).

    May 7, 2010

  • erez

    Either that, or just getting up real early on Sunday, and doing it all in one day?

    May 7, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    With regard to the weather. How does everyone feel about arriving later on Saturday and just hiking in and setting up camp, then getting an early start after dawn on Sunday, hiking out after about 5 hours of climbing to miss the evening traffic?

    May 7, 2010

  • erez

    BTW, if someone needs headlamp -- I was at the Gaithersburg Home Depot a few weeks ago, and they had 3 headlamps for $10 [I think each was 3 LEDs, and included the batteries!] I was tempted to buy one, but since I didn't need three, I didn't. However, if there is interest, I'll stop by on the way, and see if they have any left...

    May 6, 2010

  • Adam M.

    So it seems there are 5 people planning to meet at the trailhead parking lot (Guinevere, Erez, Jen, Valerie, and Lindy). The parking lot can probably accomodate at least 10 cars, but it's not all *that* big. If you're not planning to leave early, I suggest we find some place nearby with a bigger parking lot at which to park. I don't know the area at all. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    May 6, 2010

  • Guinevere

    I will meet you at the trailhead unless you need more drivers. Let me know.

    May 6, 2010

  • erez

    Verizon makes you wonder... it is on the border of yes/no.
    Depending on the exact location in the park. I assume the summit coordinates are close to the cliff -- and it is just on the "cutoff". Sorry to make a big deal out of cell coverage usually it is no big deal, but I have to be able to call work this weekend :(

    I will meet you all at the park! (not at Metro)

    May 6, 2010

  • Adam M.

    Erez - I put the GPS coordinates into Google Maps, loaded up the Sprint coverage maps, found the parking area on the Sprint coverage maps, and it *seems* like there should be service (with Sprint, at least). You're welcome to do the same w/ your carrier.

    May 6, 2010

  • erez

    Is there cell service (at the camp site & cliffs)?

    May 6, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    My phone number is[masked] 0645. See you all soon.

    May 6, 2010

  • Lindy J.

    I will be coming from Hagerstown so I'll meet you at the trail head. If anyone still needs a tent and doesn't mind lugging about 9-10 lbs on the hike in, I have a 4 man tent to spare.

    Look forward to meeting everyone!

    May 6, 2010

  • Jen

    I also live in Frederick and will meet you guys at the trail head. If anyone still needs tent space, I've got a 3-person I can bring.

    May 5, 2010

  • Valerie

    I live in frederick so I will be meeting everyone at the trail head parking lot.

    May 5, 2010

  • Adam M.

    I have a tiny backpacking stove and two tents (a one-person and a 3-person). People are welcome to use my stove. I plan to bring the one-person tent for myself, but others are welcome to borrow the 3-person tent. I'll bring them both and we can sort out what we need to actually hike in when we meet up at the Metro parking lot.

    May 5, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks, Katie - very much appreciated!

    April 28, 2010

  • Katie H.

    Kerry, you're welcome to the third spot in my tent if you'd like. Sheila is the second. We'll be a bit close, but that doesn't bother me.

    April 28, 2010

  • Sheila

    Thanks Kerry! Will coordinate with you then.

    April 26, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sheila - I can give you a ride!

    April 26, 2010

  • Sheila

    If anyone has extra transportation space, please let me know. (-:

    April 25, 2010

  • Katie H.

    I have a 3-person tent, so can accommodate two friends if we're willing to be cozy.

    April 20, 2010

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