Family Day 2017

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Carderock Recreational Area (rock crag near top parking lot)
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  • This event is open to all members in good standing and their families/guests.

Registration is closed

All members are welcome to this event!



On Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 9:00am - 1:00pm the Potomac Mountain Club will be holding its eighth annual Family Day event at Carderock. This will be a great opportunity to come out and bond with other families, climb, and meet new and old friends! PATC-MS members with climbing or non-climbing family members (children, spouses, and significant others) are invited to attend. (You don't have to arrive right at 9)


Come out and climb and show your love and pride of all things outdoors! Having a kid is not a requirement to join in on the fun. However, we'll be in need of several items: If you have the following and would like to share (even if you can't be there), please let us know!


- Ropes, top rope anchors, etc. 
- ****Children's harnesses and climbing shoes***** 
- Curious/adventurous children or spouses or girlfriends or boyfriends. 
- Anything else to make this day fun! Be creative!


If you have any of the above or would like to help organize, please contact me at or (202) 277-7399.


What Else: 


This is also going to be a picnic style potluck!  Bring snacks, dishes, drinks, ice, coolers, etc. and an appetite!  Sign up to bring food in this google doc:


Volunteers Needed:


We also need about 8 volunteers to help set-up top-ropes and belay. If you can volunteer, please indicate that in the google doc and plan to arrive by 8:00am to help set-up.  Also, volunteers please wear your red PATC-MS t-shirt or a red t-shirt that day.


Participants must be members of the Potomac Mountain Club with liability waivers on file.  Please go to this page to join


For some helpful tips on climbing with children, please see the following post by Christina Cox Looking forward to this being another GREAT PATC-MS Club event!  See you all out there! :) Spread the word!


Skills required: 

For volunteers: Ability to belay, willingness to assist with tie-ins, adjusting harnesses, adjusting helmets, and providing encouragement to our young and eager climbers. Ability to build a Top Rope system is desired if providing a rope, and, of course, enthusiasm.


For participants: Enthusiasm and signing a liability waiver.


Equipment required

For volunteers: Harness and belay device. Top rope setup if providing such.


For participants: All necessary gear (harness, shoes, helmets) will be provided, recommend bringing sneakers just in case. If you have a kid’s bicycle helmet, bring that too.


Directions to Event: 

When following the searching directions on the internet, keep in mind that 'Carderock' will find the community of Carderock, MD, but the climbing area entrance is directly across from Naval Research Lab Complex on the Clara Barton Parkway (of course this military installation isn't displayed on the map); you cannot miss this GIANT complex.

Coming off the beltway on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west, away from the Beltway, take your first exit (right) once you are on the Clara Barton. At that stop sign you'll be on an overpass, take a left to Carderock (on the right you'll see the front gate of the military complex). Go over the overpass and swing right, the road then winds left under the "Carderock" overpass. You will arrive at a stop sign affectionately called the "T". Make a right turn at the T-intersection and drive to the very last parking area.


Follow the trail past the restroom structure to the message board at the top of the crag...this was the approach; 1/7th of a mile if that. You can walk around to the right to get to the base of the crag or straight past the message board and over and down there is a craggy gully to carefully downclimb (very easy). This crag is compact and continuous. Once you approach the message board you'll see the tangle of climbing anchors setup. You have arrived!!!! Enjoy!  


Description of climbs

Slick, schisty slab, but excellent for beginner face climbing. Climbs will range anywhere from 5.3 (easy) to 5.7-8 (moderate), depending on the number of routes and ropes available.


Cancellation Policy: 

If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel or the person does not show up for the event at all.


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. Please go to this page to join If you are not currently a member, you can attend and sign up during this event.



Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.
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