Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thanks and Announcements

To our very dear supporters and friends:

I want to thank you for your continued support through the past four years. We have managed to make an impact in the Mid-Atlantic Region and will continue to do so for some time only through supporters and friends like you.

Over the past couple of months, there have been some changes that I’d like to address. In April, Ocean Eiler, MAC President, decided to step down as president. I will respect his privacy and just let you know it was a hard decision for him to step down as president. While he has stepped down, he will continue to volunteer and support MAC in our future endeavors. I have no doubt that we will be seeing him at many events moving forward with his signature smile. We will miss him in the core leadership group, as he has been the face of MAC for the past two years and one of the faces of DC Metro Climbing for some time before. Best wishes to you, O.

With the departure of Ocean, we started searching for folks to take on new roles to keep MAC going. Starting with the search for a new leader, MAC has selected Chris Irwin, as the new president. Chris has accepted and has started in his role as president, effective immediately. For those that don’t know Chris. He was one of the founding members of Mid-Atlantic Climbers and has been guiding and climbing in the area for quite a long time. He knows the area and knows many of the people in the area and has a general excitement to get people motivated to help the local areas. He's a skilled educator and a great public speaker. He’s also one of the most approachable people I’ve ever met, which makes me very happy that he’s taking the role.

Now that we have Chris in place, we are also seeking folks to fill other roles with MAC. There are core team roles and roles for folks that just want to help every once in a while. There’s plenty to do in the Mid-Atlantic Region and we would like to engage you in accomplishing the goals of ensuring climbing and access to some of the precious places in the mid-Atlantic Region. For more information, please contact us at midatlanticclimbers@gmail.com.

Thanks again for your support and I hope to see you in and around a local crag.
Fred B. Wilson
Board Member-At-Large

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mid-Atlantic Climbers Happy Hour

Attention climbers! Enjoy a happy hour with friends while supporting local climbing. A percentage of food and alcohol purchases (between 5-9pm) will go to Mid-Atlantic Climbers. We'll be raffling off some great gear so stop by and enjoy a cold one!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sugarloaf Clean & Climb - 06/18/2011

Our friends the Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Mountain Club (PATC) are hosting a cleanup event at Sugarloaf Mountain near Comus, Maryland. The focus of the event will be trash removal from the base of the Boy Scout Ledges and Middle Earth climbing areas. After a morning of good deeds, folks are encouraged to stay and climb!

Sugarloaf Clean & Climb
Saturday June 18th, 2011

This is a great opportunity to give back to a local crag, meet some new friends and get your climb on!

Full Event Details can be found on the event page.
Contact the event coordinator at edwin.bachetti [at] gmail.com to sign up or for questions.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Photo Contest

Mid Atlantic Climbers Photo Contest
with prizes every month and grand prizes!

June 1st - August 31st, 2011

We would like to see your best photographs of the Mid-Atlantic Region, whether doing work, climbing or just hanging around. Help us promote the area and the organizations that want to give back to our climbing community.

Grand Prizes:
1st grand prize – Mounted, matted and framed 8x10 of the winning photo, winning photo featured on the Mid Atlantic Climbers Webpage, and a MAC T-Shirt
2nd grand prize – Mounted 8x10 and a MAC T-Shirt
3rd grand prize – MAC T-Shirt
Monthly Prizes:
1st - Printed shot along with a shot mounted and a MAC T-Shirt
2nd – Printed photo and a MAC T-Shirt
3rd – MAC T-Shirt


Mid-Atlantic Climbers is looking to promote the fact that we have a strong climbing community along with our very beautiful and picturesque landscape.

You may enter up to five of your best shots, so choose strategically and choose wisely. While one person can win 1st prize in the monthly contest all three months, they cannot win multiple times in the overall competition.

Submissions should be sent to midatlanticclimbers@gmail.com

The judging will be by both popular vote and a panel of objective judges. As all pictures will be posted on the Mid Atlantic Climbers' Facebook page, the picture with the most “Likes” will be awarded 5 points; 4 for the second most popular, on down to 1 point for 5th place.

Our panel of judges will also evaluate and award their choices for 1st through 5th on the same point scale. Total points determines winner. If there should be a tie, the judges suggestion will outweigh the popular vote.

A special thank you goes out to our friends at Erickson & Ripper Gallery for helping with this contest. All panel judging, framing and mounting will be provided by them. Please visit them at their galleries in Old Town Alexandria and Del Ray.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Access Update: Dead Tree Wall and Summit Crag Rock Climbing Closures Lifted

The temporary rock climbing closure of the Dead Tree Wall and Summit Crag climbing areas on Old Rag Mountain has been lifted. The Peregrine Falcons are no longer nesting in this area.

Thanks to everyone's cooperation. Climb hard!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Keepin' The Hits Coming - Ilchester Cleanup Recap

Thank Goodness for Good Weather
Hot off the heels of last month’s epic Rockfest 2011, Mid-Atlantic Climbers enjoyed beautiful weather Saturday May 7th at the first ever Adopt-a-Crag at the Ilchester Crag in Patapsco State Park.

Twenty-five volunteers came together and scoured the hillside beneath the cliff, removing a ton of broken glass and trash. Not content with this, volunteers then trekked down to Bloede's Dam and up Hilltop Road for more; finding such gems as a car door, a filthy mattress and creepy children's toys.

Ilchester Group Cleanup Ilchester Street Cleanup

Where and What is Ilchester?
Located just outside of Ellicott City, Ilchester is a popular after work spot. And its preeminent route, Blue Rose 5.8+ is a classic sandbag that is famous in the DC area for spitting people off. Unfortunately, the same accessibility is what has lured late-night partiers, trash dumpers and weak-sauce grafitti 'artists' to the cliff.

So Why are Climbers Picking Up Trash?
Events like this are a way for the climbing community to show Patapsco State Park and other land managers that climbers invested in the outdoor resource. It helps to establish a positive relationship between the park and our user group.
Ilchester Cleanup Group Shot

Mid Atlantic Climbers would like to thank our sponsors: Earth Treks and Osprey, our team leaders and of course, everyone who gave up a morning of climbing to give back to the community.!

Friday, May 6, 2011


It was amazing; 33 MPH wind, 18 hours of rain, 2 tornado warnings. Despite these extreme conditions, Rockfest 2011 was a great success. As one enthusiastic volunteer put it, "Rockfest, not just a service day but an adventure." Rockfest 2011 ranks as one of the most memorable events in Mid-Atlantic Climbers history.

In the Field 2

Nearly 50 volunteers arrived Friday evening and Saturday morning, dressed to the nines in rain gear, committed to the cleaning up Shenandoah National Park. Together we managed to brave the weather and scour 12 ares for trash. Teams spread out to cover overlooks and parking areas along Skyline drive, as well as various high traffic spots on the White Oak Canyon, Little Stony Man and Stony Man trails.

In the Field

Thanks to all our amazing volunteers, our more than 20 sponsors and a special appreciation to Mark from REI, the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ crew, Leave No Trace and Chuck from Long Trail Brewing Co. Your encouragement, support and dedication really shined.

Good Spirits

Service projects like these are not only good for the environment but also for relationship between park users and land managers - ensuring continued access for climbers and non-climbers alike.

Best wishes,
The Mid-Atlantic Climbers

PS - We've got more events already in the pipe, so be sure to stay informed through our blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ilchester Adopt-a-Crag Saturday 5/7/11

Straight off of the heels of Shenandoah Rockfest, Mid Atlantic Climbers and Earthtreks are hosting an Adopt-a-Crag at Ilchester crag in the Patapsco Valley State Park.

The focus of this event with be litter removal from the base of the crag, and the hillside down towards the Patapsco River. This is the first event of what should prove to be an ongoing effort to clean up and improve the park area and the Ilchester crag.

Ilchester Adopt-a-Crag
Saturday, May 7th 2011
Vounteer picnic to follow courtesy of Patabsco State Park

If you are interested in volunteering please RSVP to the Facebook event page or email Mark Webb, the volunteer coordinator, directly mark@earthtreksclimbing.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Facebook Contest! Win free stuff!

We had a crazy idea. We hope you like it!

Post a picture of yourself or a friend wearing an Adopt-a-Crag, Rockfest or Mid Atlantic Climbers T-Shirt on the wall of our event page on Facebook. Everyone who posts a photo will automatically get a free raffle ticket and whoever posts a photo with the most likes will get our new MAC shirt free!

Help us spread the word about the event by forwarding this email to your friends, sharing the event on your wall and encouraging people to enter the contest. You must be present at Rockfest 2011 to win.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rockfest 2 Is Almost Here!

We're getting really excited about our upcoming event.

Check out The Rockfest Page for all the details!