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Seneca Rocks - Thanksgiving conditions & guidebook questions

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Daniel James · · Chicago · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 95

Hey all!

I was hoping to head down to Seneca Rocks for the weekend of Thanksgiving and was wondering if sun chasing how those conditions tended to be this time of year and if I should expect much in the way of people being around?

Also I was wondering how hard it is to find routes without a guidebook?  It's a little late to order a guidebook, and while I want to pick one up from the Gendarme I am not sure if they'll be open around Thanksgiving. 


Spencer Perry · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 75

It is really easy to stay in the sun all day at Seneca, just start on the East Face and make your way to the summit and over to the West Face in the afternoon.  So if it is supposed to be sunny, weather shouldn't be an issue. Also, if you are in the right area, most of the routes are pretty easy to locate using MP. That said, getting around the rocks your first time without a guidebook can be pretty challenging.

Ted.kemble · · tower city PA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5

earthbound sports will get you the book in a few days if you order online.  a guide book definitely helps down there 

Walt K. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

If you can't get the book in time from Earthbound, and you are passing through or near Pittsburgh on your way to Seneca, the Pittsburgh climbing gym, Ascend Pittsburgh, stocks the new Seneca guidebook.  I agree with Spencer that the guidebook is helpful for navigating the faces/ledges.  

Sean Tracy · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 0

The Gendarme will be closed Thanksgiving weekend. Harper's still had some guide books in stock.

Daniel James · · Chicago · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 95

Thanks all for the info!  Harpers will be open the weekend if not on Thanksgiving?  

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