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South Peak - West Face

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South Peak - West Face 


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Description 

The west face of the south peak contains many classic routes at Seneca. Highly featured and often exposed, it faces the vistor's center and the telescope viewing platform located there. On busy days, arrive early or you may be waiting in line for the more popular starting routes. These include (from bottom to top) Ecstacy (5.7), Ecstacy Jr. (5.4), Triple S (5.8), Le Gourmet (5.4), Prune (5.7), Old Man's Route (5.2) and Thais (5.5).

To descend the west face there are two major rappel stations. The first is from the tree at the top of Conn's West/West Pole. 1. Rappel from the tree to a set of rap hangers near a tree on Conn's West. (50ft) 2. From there you can rappel to a large ledge with a tree to the north. (65ft) 3. Behind this tree are rap anchors to the base of Old Man's Route. (70ft)

The second rappel is from the Traffic Jam notch. Anchors are located around the corner to the south from the notch. 1. Rappel from these anchors to the top of Neck Press (45ft). 2. Rappel from Neck Press to another set of anchors. (65ft) 3. Rappel the remaining length to the ground. (70ft)


Getting There 

Park near Roy Gap Road below the visitor's center on Route 33 or in the old parking lot to the north past the creek. If parking in the old lot, follow the well-defined trail up to Roy Gap Road. Hike up Roy Gap Road until a trail is visible across the creek to the base of Seneca. Cross the stepping stones on the creek and hike up the switchbacks to the South End. At the top of the wooden steps will be The Burn and Ecstasy Junior To gain access to the rest of the routes, follow the thighmaster up, up and up to a small pine grove, then east up a talus field. Follow a Y left for Le Gourmet and Old Man's Route, or right to go to Luncheon Ledge (below Triple S).


54 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Peak - West Face:
Old Man's Route   5.2 3 8 II D 2c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Gunsight to South Peak   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Gunsight to South Peak Direct   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Conn's West   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Ecstasy Junior   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Le Gourmet   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 4 pitches, 285'   
Critter Crack   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Green Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Pleasant Overhangs   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Traffic Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
West Pole   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   
Prune   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Burn   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Triple S   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 90'   
Marshall's Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 165'   
Back to the Front   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Bring on the Nubiles   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Marshall's Madness - Crack of Dawn   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Cottonmouth - Venom   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Sidewinder   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Green Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face
An easy 5.7 by Seneca standards. Greenwall is in the shade for a lage portion of the day, and fairly protected fom the wind.1st PitchGo up a short corner system. There are three cracks. The one is too big for most gear. Climb the middle one. Probably the crux of the route. Traverse across the large ledge and belay as close to the corner as you can. Trees and larger gear (#3).2nd PitchClimb the corner and left facing face thru the intimidating looking bulge. 3rd Pitch Forth class scramble o...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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(Not my image) <br />Selected routes on the South Peak - West Face.
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Routes on the West face of the South Peak
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Enjoying the summit register
Enjoying the summit register
Crowded day on top of the South Peak.  (Looking south from the top of Gunsight to South Peak
Crowded day on top of the South Peak. (Looking so...
Some of the Seneca Sevens (left to right): Green Wall, Pleasent Overhangs, and West Pole (5.7+)
Some of the Seneca Sevens (left to right): Green W...
Selected routes (different view) on the South Peak
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Some routes beginning at the base of Old Man's Route.
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Maggie on her first summit
Maggie on her first summit
Face of a Thousand Pitons, Seneca Rocks, WV. <br /> <br />
Face of a Thousand Pitons, Seneca Rocks, WV.

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Mike on top of the South Peak.
Mike on top of the South Peak.
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