Note: This event is beginner friendly, but you should have your own harness, shoes, and probably a belay device.
What: Weekend day trip! The weather looks cool and dry this weekend, so let's spend it climbing!
Where: Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland is about a 40 minutes drive north of Rockville. The hard rock and easy approaches make for good top roping or trad leading, and there are a wide range of difficulties for either. The two most popular areas at Sugarloaf are Middle Earth and Boy Scout Ledges, both of which offer a good number of easy to moderate routes, as well as a few hard ones. Both of these can be accessed by taking the trail from the top parking lot.
Who: Everyone who feels comfortable top-roping is welcome! This area is beginner friendly, but you should have your own harness and shoes.
What to bring: Harness, shoes, belay device, and chalk/tape if you want it. Bring 2 liters of water per person, and a snack if you get hungry like me. If you have one, please bring a top-rope set-up! Having too many ropes is always better than too few!
If you're interested in trad-leading, bring any gear you have! Even if you just want to practice placing gear, there are a lot of places on the ground to practice that here.
When: The current plan is to meet outside EarthTreks in Rockville at 9 AM for carpoolers and about 9:45 - 10:00 AM at the top parking lot of Sugarloaf (keep going left and uphill until you end up at the last parking lot, where you'll see a trailhead and porta-potties).
Driving Directions: The area is owned and maintained by a non-profit organization, and entrance is free, but with a donation box. We do suggest supporting your local crags if you can afford it. Directions from the DC area are from http://www.sugarloafmd.com/sl_directions.html are:
Go North on Route I-270 to the Hyattstown exit, circle under I-270 and continue on Route 109 to Comus, then right on Comus Road to the Sugarloaf Mountain entrance.
From there, go to the top-most parking lot. There are other climbing areas, but Middle Earth and Boy Scout Ledges are there, so that will be the easiest place to meet.
If you arrive late, there will most likely be a few PATC-MS climbers at Middle Earth. Walk up the Green Trail a few hundred yards until you see climbers to your right. If you reach some steep stairs with wood railings, and you see a crag on the left, you've gone too far; that's Boy Scout Ledges.
Additional information on the climbing on Mountain Project:
Cancellation Policy: If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible.
PATC-MS Member Only policy:
This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club-Mountaineering Section only, in good standing with liability waivers on file, unless otherwise stated
Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur. By participating in this trip you assume all risk of responsibility for your own safety.