Who Are We?

We are a diverse group of local climbers. Young and old, male and female, crag rat and alpinist, active and armchair types-We all enjoy climbing in its many varieties. We also share a common interest in promoting safe climbing, conserving the outdoor resource, developing new climbing skills, representing the DC Metro climbing community and having fun doing it! 

The Potomac Mountain Club, aka, is the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, a non-profit corporation, devoted to responsible use of the outdoor resource.

What's New?


Want to get in on the action? Use the link below to join PATC-MS and get in on the the club outings, the club educational days and a ton of fun. 

  Join PATC-MS

PATC-MS Google Group

(aka "The Listserve")

By Laws Snapshot...


  1. To provide the opportunity for group enjoyment of mountaineering and related activities;
  2. To train interested people in mountaineering techniques;
  3. To provide public service through specialized mountaineering techniques;
  4. To foster the conduct of these activities in a safe manner.

What's Happening

Upcoming events

Friday, May 27, 2016 (EDT) • New River Gorge, Fayetteville, WV
Saturday, June 11, 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Carderock, MD
Saturday, June 25, 2016 7:00 AM (EDT) • Buzzard Rocks, VA
Friday, July 01, 2016 4:00 PM (EDT) • Adirondack State Park, NY
Saturday, September 03, 2016 (EDT) • Tuolumne Meadows/Yosemite National Park, CA

Recent forum updates

Thursday, January 09, 2014 11:30 AM • David Giacomin
Saturday, April 02, 2016 7:52 AM • Linda Wei
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 10:19 AM • Tom Winskell
Thursday, October 01, 2015 9:59 PM • Edith Han
Friday, August 28, 2015 8:58 AM • Christian Gutierrez


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