OUR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
The Potomac Mountain Club is the Mountaineering Section of PATC & are the premier rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering club serving the D.C. Metro area since 1944.
They are a diverse group of local DC area climbers who share a common interest in promoting safe climbing, conserving the outdoors, developing new climbers' skills and having fun ! Instruction is provided for those wanting to learn the basics. This is not a school, but will get you started. Climbs are local or further afield, nearly every weekend. In winter, trips are organized for beginning and advanced climbers.
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Ski Touring Section (STS)
Since 1974, the Ski Touring Section or STS has served to provide cross‑country skiing experiences for beginner through expert. This group sponsors winter weekend ski trips to the mountains in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania as well as more extensive trips that travel west, north and across the ocean. Social events are scheduled throughout the year.
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Shenandoah Mountain Rescue
The Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SMRG) is a professional volunteer wilderness search and rescue organization established to provide assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. SMRG responds to emergencies anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to conduct searches for missing persons or aircraft, and to carry out rescue operations in wilderness areas that require specialized equipment and techniques.
They are a member of the Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference (ASRC), which was formed by members of PATC over 30 years ago to help provide search and rescue training as a direct result of two injured persons in wilderness areas in the PATC trails area. The ASRC now comprises 10 groups and provides operational coverage for missing or injured people in the wilderness over the mid-Atlantic region.
If you have a wilderness search and rescue emergency, do not contact SMRG directly. Dial 911 and report the incident to the local authorities or contact the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center at (804) 674-2400.
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