DC Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Potomac, MD
Rock climbing
12 Explorer Chicks
1/2 Day


You’ve been thinking about it. Getting outside. Feeling that cool rock under your grip.  Trusting the security of the harness and the rope. Pushing, pulling and climbing as you move up and over the rough surface. When you are looking for a new challenge, rock climbing always delivers. Whether you’ve never even pulled on a pair of climbing shoes or this is your 100th day up on the wall, your mind and body will be challenged every single time.  No two climbs are alike, and every route that you send (that’s climber talk for complete) will make you feel superhuman! You can do anything you set your mind to, and a day of rock climbing will prove that to you.  Just show up with that Explorer Chick attitude and take yourself to new heights! Let us take care of the rest. 🤘🧗‍♀️

Rock Climbing near DC

This is a beginner-friendly, half-day rock climbing event. No gear 🤷‍♀️, no worries 👍. All gear and equipment needed are provided, including:

  • Climbing shoes
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet

If you do have your own gear, bring it! The guides will do a gear check before you depart for your climb to be sure everything is safe and set to go!

You will receive instructions from your guides every step of the way with techniques and tips to enhance your climbing experience 💪.

Climbing at Carderock

Spend the day climbing some of the most well-established climbing routes in the area. Climbers have enjoyed tackling the routes at Carderock since the 1940s! Carderock is a part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park nestled along the Potomac River. A short two-minute walk from the parking area with your guides will lead you to where the adventure really begins. Feast your eyes upon the massive wall in front of you. See the speckles of quartz sparkle in the sunlight as you gaze up the wall at the cracks and textured holds that await you. Then strap on your climbing shoes and cheer on your new friends as you conquer that rock and pose for glamour shots along the way.

  • All equipment provided.
    • Climbing shoes.
    • Climbing harness.
    • Helmets.
  • Instruction – No experience necessary!

*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, additional alcoholic beverages, or costs for additional activities.

*Packages do not include Tips for your Guides. For these events, a tip of 10-20% is recommended. We strongly encourage you to recognize your Guides personally for their hard work and keeping you safe.

*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours depending on group dynamics.
  • Check-in Time: 30 minutes prior.
  • Women-Only, 21+.
  • Restrooms are available.
  • Climbing Harness max waist size 45 inches.
  • No weight restrictions.
  • No fees for parking.


  • Your Order Confirmation will include a link to the Explorer Chick Smart Waiver. Please take a minute to sign online.


  • We will be meeting at Carderock Recreation Area. Use the directions from Google Maps to ensure that you are in the correct parking area. There are four parking lots and it can be confusing: North Parking, for Carderock Cliffs – Google Maps
    •  From 495, exit North on the Clara Barton Parkway (Exit 41-North).Then take the first exit, marked “Carderock NavSurfWarCen.” At the exit, turn left to enter the park, go under the underpass, turn right at the T intersection, and your guide will meet you at the climber’s lot at the very end of that road.
  • Look for guides wearing Sportrock Climbing Center t-shirts.

Other Activities:

The park has several scenic hiking trails that range in length from 1.3 miles to over 6 miles.

Weather Cancellation Protocols

  • This event can take place in a light rain, but will be canceled in the event of heavy, sustained rains, high winds and/or lightening.
  • If we need to cancel due to weather and safety, you will receive a full refund or an option of a new date. You will be notified by email and/or text if there are any changes.

Nearest accommodations:

Local Airport

Ronald Reagan National Airport

  • Water.
  • This is an active event, bring snacks to sustain you!
  • Comfortable clothing that allow you to move freely.
  • Dress in layers to remove or add as the temperature changes.
  • Hair ties for long hair.

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