Mar 4, 2013, 8:38 PM
Registered: Oct 25, 2010
Earth treks in Rockville (~30 minutes or less via metro from downtown DC) is one of the country's biggest gyms with tons of steep terrain and a few nice sculpted cracks. As far as indoor climbing goes, this gym is absolutely fantastic.
Natural climbing requires at least a 2 hour drive to get anywhere decent. Carderrock and Great Falls are virtually unleadable, short, and crowded. There is nice granite in Old Rag, VA (~2 hours), Seneca Rocks in WV (3 hours) offers some good multipitch, tough sport, and heady gear climbs. 5 hours will get you to the New River Gorge, which is a stellar sport and trad destination. 5 hours to north will get you to the Gunks.
There is a sizable community of climbers out here, despite the lack of good local rock. Getting hooked up with a crew is easy -- I ended up with some awesome folks immediately after moving here a few years ago.
(This post was edited by brinosaur on Mar 4, 2013, 8:44 PM)