Rock climbing

Wanna make like Spider-Man? True, the chances are slim of you ever being bitten by a radioactive spider, but with the help of rock-climbing professionals and some specialized gear, you can be an arachnid and crawl up a sheer cliff. "It's a real heart-pumping experience," says Darrell C. Spence, who runs Allegany Expeditions in Cumberland. "I get on that rock ledge, and I still get that heart-pumping excitement." Maryland is home to plenty of prime rock-climbing spots. Near Baltimore, the best are to be found in Patapsco Valley State Park, off Gorsuch Run Road in Eldersburg, and at Rocks State Park in Jarrettsville. Near Washington, there's Carderock, along the Chesapeake Baltimore Sun file photo