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Outdoor climbing at Carderock

  • Carderock Recreation Area

    Clara Barton Pkwy, Cabin John, MD (map)

    38.971828 -77.160351

  • Price: $11.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • UPDATE: As of 11:50pm on Thursday, the forecast is still looking very bad. So I'm cancelling this event. I've scheduled an identical event for the following Saturday (3/31) here.

    This event is suitable for people who have never climbed outdoors before, but you should at least know how to belay. You'll also need your own climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet). Be warned: You'll be doing a lot more standing around than you would at the gym because it takes us a while to set up the ropes. I'm keeping the group size small because I can only set up two ropes with the gear I have. If you're experienced at setting up top-rope systems outdoors and/or have gear (especially ropes), please mention that in a comment and I'll increase the group size.

    I will send out an email to everyone signed up with my cell phone # and any last-minute updates. I won't cancel if it's cold, but I will cancel if it's raining. If you're in doubt, you can always call me.

    Why I'm charging: When we've done outdoor events for free in the past, there are always people who RSVP and then cancel at the last minute or just don't show up. That means others who really wanted to attend are not able to. As an attempt to discourage this behavior, I charge $11 to attend (which you must pay to RSVP) and then give everyone who shows up $10 cash back. If you don't show up, we keep the money. The money goes towards the $50 annual fee that Meetup charges group organizers and the ropes & gear we use for the outdoor events.

    Carpooling: Although there's no fee to enter the park and usually plenty of parking, I encourage people to carpool. Save the environment, save gas, and maybe make a new friend. Carderock is only about 20 minutes from the Rosslyn, Bethesda, or Tenleytown metro stations. If you're willing to take people, indicate how many spots you've got in your car and which Metro station you can pick people up at.

     

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

    Where to Meet: We'll meet in the climber's parking lot at 9am. I'll have a big red & white Meetup sign w/ me. We'll wait there a few minutes and then we'll head to the crags. If you arrive late, call me or just walk over to the crags and ask people until you find us. (I'm not bringing the big Meetup sign to the crags).

    Directions

    WARNING: If you just punch "Carderock" in your GPS/smartphone, it will *NOT* send you to the correct place. Either use the GPS coordinates [masked], [masked] or follow the directions below.

    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 path to the left, back in the direction you came from. Total travel time from parking lot to crags is less than 10 minutes.

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  • Dave G.

    Thanks Adam, and bummer about tomorrow.

    March 23, 2012

  • Adam M.

    I just refunded the full $11 to everyone who paid for this event.

    March 23, 2012

  • Dave G.

    Yeah sure not a problem

    March 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Dave, I'd be willing to go with you from Kensington if you still have room.

    March 21, 2012

  • Adam M.

    Dave: If we cancel because of rain, I'll probably just give everyone a refund *and* schedule another outdoor climb for a different date.

    March 21, 2012

  • Dave G.

    Adam, do you have a backup plan in the event that it is canceled, regarding a refund of the money or moving the climb to a different date?

    March 21, 2012

  • Adam M.

    Rod: I will send out an email Friday night to everyone that's signed up with my phone # and my latest prediction on weather. If the forecast is dire, I'll cancel it at that point. If not, we'll keep our collective fingers crossed and wait til Saturday morning to decide. I'll check the weather again when I wake up and send out an email then. And people can always call me.

    March 21, 2012

  • Rod

    Adam,
    The weather is iffy for Saturday. Would you mind posting here a definite go/no go the morning of? Thanks.

    March 21, 2012

  • Adam M.

    Bhaskar: I intentionally limited people to only bringing one guest so that the regular members of the group have a chance to RSVP. If your second friend really wants to go, they can always join the group and RSVP themselves.

    March 19, 2012

  • Bhaskar P.

    hey , i already RSVP'd with a +1, i wanted to add another..how do i do that?

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can give up to three people a ride. I'm coming from Alexandria.

    March 19, 2012

  • Matt

    Ok so far I have me, Adam and Ginny meeting at Cosi on Saturday, I can take one more if needed. See you guys then

    March 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cosi me at 8 too please!

    March 11, 2012

  • Adam M.

    Hey Matt. Yeah, I can meet you at the Cosi at 8am. Thanks!

    March 7, 2012

  • Dave G.

    I'm coming from Kensington, I'm not far from Wheaton metro, if that works for anyone

    March 6, 2012

  • Matt

    I can drive myself and 3 others. I think we usually meet at the Cosi in Rosslyn around 8 am if that works

    March 6, 2012

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