This group is for folks interested in climbing in the MD (+DC/VA) area, both gyms and outdoors. We're about trading belays with other folks just looking to climb. Experts and newcomers both welcome, we're easy to find and easy to join-- any skill level, from novice to '5.12d lead, blindfolded'. Show up and we pair you up with other climbers so you can crunch in a few climbs and maybe get to know some folks in the area as well! Once summer comes, you can also explore outdoor climbing with us. Don't worry-- we're shy too (until you get to know us!)
There are a couple local places to try when the weather is decent and four indoor gyms. EarthTreks Columbia/Timonium/Rockville/Crystal City are the primary local gyms we will be using. When the weather is decent there will be outdoor climbing events with camping nearby. There are nearby places like Carderock & Great Falls, Rocks State Park, Shaffer Rock, and SugarLoaf. We also host the occasional non-climbing activity, because once you trust someone with your life with their hand on a rope, it's all fair game!
We often get asked "I've never climbed, what should I do?" One of the best things is just sign up and join us on a Meetup event at an EarthTreks gym. It's a $22 gym fee and $11 gear rental, and we are easy to find and will cheerfully set up a trio so you can climb and learn about climbing. EarthTreks also offer their own 'Open Climb' at all times where they pair you up with an instructor and, for $25 (inclusive) you get 3 climbs. Heck, do both. I also recommend their Intro Courses. Anyway-- try climbing in a gym for a day, and once you're addicted, climb more, then climb outside, then climb 3 days a week, then go on a week-long expedition to climb something no one has ever climbed before, then come back and climb again. It's a cycle of life-- or, if you're a slacker like this group's organizer, a weekly hobby. It's all good.