Climbing and camping at Annapolis Rocks

6/10/2014 weather update: The forecast calls for rain tonight through Friday but Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be nice. I'll make a final decision Friday afternoon and I'll send an email to everyone that has RSVPd. I will also include my phone number in the email in case anyone has last-minute issues.

Annapolis Rocks has some really nice top-rope climbing with routes up to 80 feet tall. NOTE: Annapolis Rocks is nowhere near Annapolis, Maryland.

Required experience: If you have limited or no outdoor climbing experience that's OK, but you need to be a competent belayer and have some experience backpacking. If you forget something, pack too much and can't carry your pack, or get hurt it's a long way back to the parking lot. I don't want one person to make a mistake due to inexperience and have it ruin the trip for everyone.

Directions: We'll meet at the Grosvenor-Strathmore metro station on Saturday morning at 9am and carpool from there. There's a map of the Grosvenor Metro station here. It's about an hour drive to the trailhead parking lot. GPS coordinates for the trailhead parking lot are[masked], -77.603. Driving directions are here (click the "Get Directions" button once the page loads). We'll meet at the trailhead parking lot at 10:15-10:30am.

What to bring: There's a 2.5 mile hike (with some elevation gain) from the trailhead parking lot to the crags (and the campsite is right by the crags). You'll want a big sturdy backpack that can hold everything you need for 2 days of climbing and 1 night of camping. There will probably also be some group gear (ropes & anchor gear) that you may be asked to help carry. Everyone should bring a climbing harness, climbing shoes, helmet (if you have one; a bike helmet will do if you don't have a climbing-specific helmet), headlamp, food, water (there's a stream at the campsite so 1-2 liters of water should be sufficient), sunscreen, insect repellant, toilet paper, EARPLUGS (I snore), tent, sleeping bag, and warm clothes (it always seems to get really cold at night there). Please also bring a sturdy sack with your name on it in which to put all of your food. Although rare, there have been bears spotted in this general area so we will be putting all food in a backpack or two and suspending them from a tree away from the campsite.

Group Gear: I know we don't all need to bring ropes, stoves & water filters, but it's better to sort that stuff out when we all meet at the trailhead then to assign one person to bring the only stove or filter and then have that person not show up. Try to pack that stuff at the top of your pack so you can take it out if necessary. I will bring a tiny stove or two and a water filter that others can use. I also have a bunch of 2- and 3-person tents that people can use if necessary.

Carpooling and sharing tents: If you don't mind giving others a ride, post a comment stating where you'll be coming from and how many people you can take. If you're looking for a ride, post a comment stating where you'd like to be picked up. If you have a tent that you don't mind sharing (remember, that also means you have someone else to help carry it) or are looking to share someone else's tent, post a comment.

Cost: The fee is my attempt to avoid people RSVPing and then not showing up. I know there are *lots* of people who want to go but the area can only hold (and I can only manage) so many people so I need to have some sort of limit. I don't want a spot to go to waste because someone flaked out at the last minute and I don't want to pad the limit on the assumption that some people won't show up and end up with everyone showing up. So instead, everyone that shows up will get the fee completely refunded. But if you don't show up, I keep the money and spend it on gear for future trips.

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  • Darwin

    Fantastic weekend, great weather, awesome people and more awesome rocks.

    1 · June 15

  • Michelle S.

    Awesome group. Looking forward to our next adventure!

    June 15

  • Michelle S.

    Great time! Great folks! Thanks Adam for organising :)

    June 15

  • Nazzarena

    Hi. Kirupa as n dc myself couldn't make the weekend but we we would love to climb just for the day tomorrow. We're both pretty new outdoors climbers but Darwin can write a good reference letter for us. We coulf bring fresh supplies if you'd need some;)

    June 14

    • Adam M.

      Update: only 4 people are climbing today and they only have one rope. So don't bother coming.

      June 15

    • Nazzarena

      Ok:( next time

      June 15

  • Jayme K.

    Hey guys, I'll be driving from H St NE if anyone in the area or en route needs a ride.

    June 11

    • Darwin

      My cell is dead - Will be standing out of metro station, easy to see, wear colorful. clothes and obcurse will be carring a backpack..no way to miss.

      June 13

    • Jayme K.

      Perfect, see you in the morning.

      June 13

  • Darwin

    If I don't hear from my ride' will meet you guy's at REI

    June 13

  • Michelle S.

    Hi! I am going to meet you guys there--this is my first official meetup event and it looks awesome! I'm not going to camp overnight this time but definitely in the future. I have a static line and am an experienced belayer/top roper. I have some trad and lead experience as well. Super excited. I'm meeting my friend Wendy at the parking lot around 9:30 so will get a little head start. Guess I'll just ask everyone I see if they are part of the meetup group! Can't wait to meet you guys :)
    Michelle

    June 12

  • Darwin

    Can any one help a lost soul and provided a ride? Will help with gas $$

    June 12

  • Darwin

    Planes change again - I am in and is for good.

    June 12

  • Jayme K.

    Hi guys! I'd love to join this weekend and would need to bring my puppers. Anyone who's been there before know of any issues with bringing a dog on this hike/crag?

    June 11

    • Adam M.

      Dogs are allowed but must be leashed at all times. The last bit of the path to get to the base of some climbs may require you to carry your dog, so I don't recommend bringing a large dog or multiple dogs.

      June 11

    • Jayme K.

      Thanks for the info Adam! See you Sat.

      June 12

  • Jeff B.

    Montana is representing again on this trip!

    1 · June 12

  • Casey

    I am headed to the REI attic sale in Rockville at 9. I will meet you all at the crag afterwards. Do you know which area you are planning on setting up?

    June 11

  • Jeff B.

    I'll need a ride Saturday. I'm in SW near I-395. If nobody will be able to pick me up I can metro up to Grosvenor (or somewhere else) and catch a ride with somebody from there. Excited to climb with you all again!
    I have a two person tent which I'm willing to share.

    June 11

    • Karel M.

      Hey Jeff, Elisabeth and I can give you a ride.

      June 11

    • Jeff B.

      Awesome! Thanks Carl.

      June 11

  • Layne M

    I have other plans already but I would have been really interested! Just wanted to plug that I'd love for the meet-up to do close-ish local day climbs.

    June 10

  • Jeanna M.

    This sounds like so much fun, I work everyother sat, cant make this one but would for sure be interested if you do this or something similar again.

    June 10

  • Michelle S.

    This sounds great. Why a 20 bucks? I'm new to meetup-just curious.

    June 9

    • TaniaP

      Adam lists his reasons in the description of the event.

      June 9

    • Michelle S.

      Thanks Tania I didn't see the description-sounds like a good reason.

      June 9

  • Adam M.

    I will be coming from Rosslyn and can take 2 people. I also have some extra tents and sleeping pads.

    June 5

    • Adam M.

      Hi Li. Not a problem.

      June 8

    • Li

      Thank you sooo much!Could I have your number,please?

      June 9

  • Paul

    Keep in mind that this is BACKPACKING, not car camping. If you can't carry it, don't bring it...

    1 · June 7

  • Darwin

    I'll like to be there but for now I am mostly a "maybe", I'm waiting for confirmation of previous commitment.
    If coming will a +1

    June 6

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