Climbing and/or rescue practice at Carderock

This event is suitable for newbies, but be warned that you'll do much more standing around watching than climbing. I'm keeping the group size small because I don't know what other experienced climbers can go and how much gear we'll have. If you're experienced at setting up top-rope system outdoors, demo-ing basic rescue techniques (escaping the belay, pulley systems, ascending a rope), and/or have gear (especially ropes), please mention that in a comment and I may increase the group size.

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), some food & water, warm clothing, any additional climbing gear you've got (ropes, slings, carabiners, belay devices, etc.).

I will send out an email to everyone signed up with my cell phone # and any last-minute updates.

Where to Meet: We'll meet in the climber's parking lot (GPS coordinates[masked], [masked]) at 10am. We'll wait there until 10:15am and then we'll head to the crags. I'll have a big red & white Meetup sign w/ me in the parking lot, but I may or may not bring it w/ me to the crags. Look for me wearing my Meetup hat or ask people.

Directions

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 base of the crags East (back in the direction you came from).

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Oooh when are you guys doing this again????
    I'm a newbie and woud've loved to make it.

    March 16, 2011

  • Lindy J.

    This was excellent and essential info. And the climbing was fun too!
    We should have self rescue practice for an hour once a month - tacked on to an outdoor climb.

    February 28, 2011

  • Adam M.

    Thanks to everyone that made it out and especially to Lindy & Erez for letting us use so much of their gear.

    February 27, 2011

  • Mark

    Had a great time with this small group. All of us got some action on the ropes ranging from repelling, rigging, to actual climbing. Definitely looking forward to the next time. I love practicing this kinda stuff.

    February 26, 2011

  • erez

    It was colder then expected, but we made it work anyway.

    February 26, 2011

  • Lindy J.

    (60m)

    February 25, 2011

  • Lindy J.

    I do - forgot to mention that! Duh!

    February 25, 2011

  • Adam M.

    David - Your half-an-ATC will be fine.
    Lindy - Do you have any dynamic (climbing) rope?

    February 25, 2011

  • Lindy J.

    Adam, I have 2 x 75 foot lengths of static rope, several slings, webbing and several locking biners. Probably good for two setups depending on the routes.

    February 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    So my ATC situation... Adam, you might remember it from Wednesday at SR2. It's only a single-rope, which is probably ok for climbing, but I imagine two ropes occasionally come in handy during rescue.

    February 25, 2011

  • Max P.

    Crap. It's like you just wait until I have plans before posting. :p

    February 24, 2011

  • Suz

    Am busy this weekend, but would be interested in future events like this. My fiance and I have a ton of gear (more rappelling gear than climbing gear, and caving gear) and would like to meet up with some other mountaineers.

    February 24, 2011

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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