My favorite climbing area, probably always will be. Learned a lot about climbing and leading here. Got engaged on the summit (see CharlesD's log). If I could climb there every weekend, I would.
I've been knocking around Seneca since getting turned on to climbing there back in June of 1998. I met my fiance there a year later and proposed to her on the south summit (after she lead all four pitches of Old Man's Route) in June of 2003. If we could get the brides maids up there, we would probably be married on the summit. Wonderful place.
I had to work in Huntington, WV for a day by myself so I decided that, since the flight was on the firm's tab, I would make a vacation of it. I took the rest of the week off and drove the rental car to Seneca Rocks. Since I was alone I hired a guide by the name of Dave from The Gendarme Climbing Shop to be my climbing buddy for the day. We climbed several routes during the day but made it to the South Summit via Ecstacy Jr (first 2 pitches), The Prune (first 2 pitches), LeGourmet (3rd pitch), and then the summit ridge. It was my first experience on big vertical rock. I loved it and can't wait to get back up there with friends.
Climbed this in between caving trips. Friends of mine got married on the summit. I was the maid of honor
Nice, easy short hike. I must say it is amazing how narrow the Seneca Rocks are. It is also interesting that that line of rocks runs along the ridgeline of several hills all running in a straight line. It appears that a line of tougher, metemorphic rock, outlasted the surrounding sedimentary rock, thus leaving the "backbone" of rock along this ridge.
Oh What a Time it was !! A time of pitons, Goldline rope and harnesses fashioned from 1" tubular webbing. Carabiners were $2 each or a dozen for $20..and the best and only climbing shoes were the Kluttershoes know as "Spiders" or Kronhoffers. Climbed with Charlie Rollins, very Safely and Successfully, (but knew at the Time that I would be content the rest of my Life to simply top-rope and never go on a "lead-climb" again !!!!.......oh how things have changed !!!!
Reached summit of south fin with David, Paul, and one other guy whose name I didn't record.
First 4 pitch climb to North Peak-getting back was a nice traverse. Wind blew Ultimate Helmet down east face. First time placing stoppers hexes and clipping ancient pins.