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Seneca Rocks, WV Climbing WeekendOct. 11-14

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by lhummel

Seneca Rocks – AAC Columbus Day Weekend

Oct 11 – 14


Over this Columbus Day weekend, Oct 11- 14, there will be a joint section meet at

Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. The three sections participating are the DC Section, the

Mid Atlantic Section and the Southern Appalachian Section. The idea is three days –

for those with Columbus Day as a holiday – of climbing, socializing and general fun

with AAC members.


Seneca Rocks provides great multipitch trad climbing, with the best routes in the

range of most weekend warriors, i.e. 5.7 – 5.10. There are other crags nearby and

good hiking and mountain biking as well.

For those not familiar with Seneca Rocks, everything is close by within walking

distance: the climbing, the campsite, the Gendarme climbing store/guiding

operation, and Seneca Guides, the other guiding company.

Some details:


• Camping has been arranged for Friday – Sunday nights at the nearby Forest

Service Seneca Shadows campground, Group Site D. This is within walking

distance of the climbing.

• Breakfast – coffee & pastries – will be provided for Saturday & Sunday,

and a barbecue dinner for Saturday evening. This will be at the campsite.

Vegetarians will be welcome…

• Saturday evening on the Seneca Guides deck there will be a film and

presenters from the different sections, covering interesting places to climb

and visit

• Sunday evening there will be a similar event at the Gendarme, using the

Gendarme tent ….which is the bad weather facility for Saturday evening

• Seneca Rocks is a confusing cliff and is the DC section home crag. DC

members will help you find – and maybe climb with you – your long dreamedabout classic…

• The weekend will cost AAC members $20, to be collected on registration at

the campsite

• Please carpool if possible. Parking at the campsite is very restricted – and

the Forest Service is serious about compliance….

• Volunteers. We need to some to carry out a minimal set of tasks to make

everything run smoothly. All we need is a couple of hours of your time, in the

morning or in the evening….email [email protected]

• For those without partners, we will meet each morning in the Seneca Rocks

climbers’ parking lot to make arrangements. Guides can also be hired – see



Even if you are not certain about attending, please sign

up at

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help ensure we have enough food, enough camping spaces and

may help you locate rides and climbing partners.

Also, we require participants to fill in a liability waiver. Forms

will be available at registration or you can help by filling this out

in advance: WAIVER LINK [this works if you paste

it into your browser]


If you are interested in being guided for one or more days, guiding services

are available through the Gendarme – please contact Diane Kearns at

[email protected] Diane has suggested two particular itineraries: Seneca

classics 5.2-5.6, and Seneca 5.7 classics…which would be 5.8 at most other cliffs.

If you are thinking about participating in this event, please contact your section

chairman or email [email protected]


For the AAC Columbus day weekend, Seneca Rock Mountain Guides will offer members a $50 discount on Private Guiding for groups of two – $300 for the day

instead of $350.  Contact Tom Cecil at [email protected]  ph 304 567 2115


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