Buzzard Rocks is home to nice, moderate slab climbing, and some of the area's only bolted sport routes. This trip will be a long day, but it's worth it for interesting friction slabs and some good routes for the aspiring lead climber.
About the Crag
Technically part of the Elizabeth Furnace area, Buzzard Rocks isn't all that close to the more popular Roadside Crag - and the climbing is much different. While Roadside has burly roofs, Buzzard has moderate slab routes that require footwork, not strength. For leading, some routes are bolted while others require trad gear, or you can top-rope anything fairly easily. There is a 2 mile approach hike. This crag is not in the usual guide books but there's more info at mountain project.
This event is not for beginners - you should have some experience climbing outside, and be able to belay a lead climber. You don't have to lead yourself, but there will be fewer top-ropes here than the usual meetup event.
We'll meet at the Vienna metro station at 9am, and carpool out to the trail head. You can also meet at the trail head (around 10:30) - just note that in your RSVP.
Group size starts at 4, but may go up to 10 if we get enough equipment.
The usual necessities: harness, shoes, food, water. Helmet strongly recommended.
Bring any other gear you have: rope, quickdraws, trad gear. Please note in your RSVP if you can bring any of these.
Please bring a pack and reasonable shoes/boots for the hike in.
Goes for every meetup, but I'll state it here: We're not guides. We (the organizers) have not vetted anyone's equipment or expertise. Ask questions and trust your own judgement. You are responsible for your own safety.