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Southern Pillar

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Southern Pillar  

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The Southern Pillar is located across Roy Gap Road from the South and North Peaks. It is shaded until early afternoon. Although some of the shorter routes are shaded by trees all Day.

The quartzite of the southern pillar is comparable to the rest of Seneca. However, like all of the formations in the valley, the extreme ends of the formations contain poorer rock and routes such as Gerphart-Dufty (5.7) have been the site of many accidents.

Other classic routes on the Southern Pillar include Roy-Gap Chimneys (5.6) and Climb and Punishment (5.9).

Getting There 

Hike up Roy Gap road, the Southern Pillar is on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Southern Pillar:
Roy Gap Chimney's   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   
Fear of Flying   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Block Party   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Electric Chair   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Climbin' Punishment   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
Right Tope   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Daytripper   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Slipstream   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Judgement Seat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   
Disco Death March   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Ambush   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Southern Pillar
Patric McCarthy on Pitch 2 of Climbin' Punishment....

Climbin' Punishment 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WV : Seneca Rocks : Southern Pillar
Superb and well-protected route. Usually done in three pitches but, with a 60m rope, can be done in one long pitch, if you don't mind long slings for pro and tough communication with the belayer. First two pitches make for an excellent 5.8.P1: Start in a left-facing corner just to the left of Roy Gap Chimney. Go up 40 feet (5.7) and step left onto the ledge under a crack in the corner.P1 variation: Start in a left facing corner 10 feet left of the original start. Climb towards the bulge and trav...[more]   Browse More Classics in WV

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The Southern Pillar viewed from Skyline Traverse
The Southern Pillar viewed from Skyline Traverse
Looking across to the Southern Pillar from the top...
Looking across to the Southern Pillar from the top...
Path to the upper crags is uber slippery when wet.
Path to the upper crags is uber slippery when wet.

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