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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

• 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 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


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  ph 304 567 2115


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