Logs down stairsIlchester has a special place in many of our hearts. We often hear stories about it being the first place many MAC volunteers first climbed outdoors, and we’ve spent lots of volunteer hours over the years maintaining this fantastic resource for generations to come. Ilchester is in a high traffic area of Patapsco park, and sees more than it’s fair share of litter and graffiti, while experiencing serious erosion issues and a high volume of climbers. MAC is committed to reducing the effects of human impact on this area, so climbers in the region can continue to enjoy this great after work crag.

Register below!



  • Check In : 9 am
  • Project work: 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Raffle: 1:30pm

Where To Meet/How To Get There:

Parking is limited please carpool if possible and park your cars tightly together.
Parking Location of the hunters parking lot aka “Hill Top Area #5”.
Meeting Location of Illchester Parking lot aka “Hilton Area Hike Start” and the start of the event.
Arriving From Frederick rd  Please park in the Hunters parking lot on Hilltop rd the park should have the gate is open for us only, it is 0.9miles in from Frederick rd on your left. from here walk 0.2 miles further down Hilltop Rd to the Illchester parking lot.
Arriving from Illchester rd and drive up Hilltop Rd 0.6 miles, if the Illchester parking lot is already filled go another 0.2 miles to the hunters parking lot aka “Hill Top Area #5”.

What To Bring:

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Working gloves (if you have them)
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in
  • Water bottle and snacks

What We’ll be Doing:

We will be improving the trails either approaching the crag or to the base of the wall. This will likely entail removing unnecessary water bars, reinforcing existing ones, filling in heavily eroded spots.


E-mail us at adoptacrag@midatlanticclimbers.org.


Registering helps us make sure we’ve got the right kinds of projects planned for the people we’ve got coming and also that we have enough food and raffle items! Please register if you’re planning on coming out!