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.