Last minute Great Falls Top Roping!

  • Sunday, July 08, 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • Great Falls


  • Make sure you have gear to top-rope outside!

Registration is closed

Note: This is an outdoor top-roping session. You will need your own shoes and harness, and you should know how to belay.

What: Great Falls impromptu club trip! Great Falls is one of DC's local crags and good for top-roping. We'll meet up in the climber's parking lot (sharp right immediately after gatehouse) and walk to one of the areas to spend the morning climbing by the river.

Who: Open to anyone with basic gear! Bring your climbing shoes, harness, and belay device.  Also, bring 2 liters of water per person and food that you want. You must also pack out your trash at this park!

If you have any/all of these items, please also bring them:

  • Top-rope set-up (i.e. static line, gear, webbing, dynamic lines, locking carabiners)
  • Guidebook (i.e. PATC-MS's guidebook you receive for going to the monthly meeting)
  • Sunscreen/bugspray
  • Helmet
  • Belay gloves
  • Food to share
  • Extra gear if you have it

If we don't have enough gear/top-ropes set-ups, people will have more trouble getting onto climbs, so do please bring top-ropes if you own a set! The club cannot supply gear at this event.

When: This Sunday! Meet at the parking lot by 8:00 AM! For people unfamiliar with the area, there are multiple climbing areas spread out over a few miles and cell reception can be poor at the crag. If you don't arrive on time, you may have a hard time finding the group.

Where: Great Falls National Park on the Virginia side (9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102). There is an entrance fee per car ($10), and they also accept the National Parks Annual Pass ($80). Meet in the climber's lot, which is a sharp right turn immediately after the gatehouse. Look for a blue Subaru. If you arrive late, we will try to write down what area we plan to be at in the climber's log, but that is subject to change based on conditions.

Arrive early to beat the very long lines that form to enter the park later in the day. More information is on the National Park Service's webpage:

Description of climbs: Everything from cracks to slabs to fancy laybacks, all on top-rope! What gets set up depends on what people want to climb.


Cancellation Policy:  If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. 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 and their guests 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.


Reminder: Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

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