Probably the biggest MAC accomplishment was their success, alongside the Access Fund, in working with the National Park Service to lift Catoctin Mountain Park's longstanding bouldering ban. While there's certainly more than enough other rock along that ridge to keep any of us busy for a lifetime, the density of steep bouldering in the park is a huge addition to the diversity of Maryland bouldering. I've only made it out there once since access was restored, but I'm sure I'll be spending plenty more time there now that temps are dropping!
|Boss Hog Photo: John Brunson|
MAC has also been running a great series of guest posts from local climbers about their favorite climbing spots around the area, including two (here and here) from the legendary John Kelbel about Patapsco State Park, and this one from my good friend John Brunson about some of the gems of the Sykesville area, including video of Sykesville strongman Will Anglin knocking out hard projects during his recent trip home. Check them out, and stay tuned for more to come.
The official Mid Atlantic Climber project schedule is done for the year, but they're always looking for more good people to help out with future ones, especially those who are willing to do some of the behind the scenes work. If you have talents that you think they could use, they'd love to hear from you.