Our Club and Climbing History


The Washington Metropolitan Area has a long history of rock climbing, and Mountaineering Section have been instrumental in much of it.



Club History 

Since 1937, the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club have provided a place for Washington, DC's climbers and alpinists to meet, share knowledge, and climb together from local crags to distant mountains.

Local Climbing History 

Washingtonians have been taking to their local crags for as long as they have lived in the area.

Oral History 

The Oral History Project has been conducting interviews with pioneering climbers who tied in with the club since the 1950s.

If you would like to help with the Oral History Project by interviewing climbers or by preparing interview audio or video please contact John Gregory.
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