Type: Trad, 90 ft, 2 pitches
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Shared By: Brian Adzima on Jan 15, 2007
Admins: Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones

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Shipley's Shivering Shimmy is the original name. Perhaps the name was a tad to long to stick. Triple S is one of the best routes at Seneca. Stem, stem, and stem some more until your left leg is completely exhausted; hopefully you'll have reached a rest by then.

Oh yeah; it's sandbagged, even for Seneca.


Triple S is the large corner where the Wall of a Thousand Pitons connects with the west face. One can rap from the top or continue up several other routes.


More Cowbell!!! Passive gear (fist size or so in hexes) seems to be the preferred gear for this route. Seriously.
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
It's all about stemming. Seems very reasonable within the grade if you stem it. Also, I like the climbing, but it's not a 4-star at Seneca -- too short. Jan 19, 2007
Rick M
Annapolis, Maryland
Rick M   Annapolis, Maryland
it's worthy of 4 stars and a tough lead for the grade Jul 19, 2007
First real big fall I ever took. Probably in early eighties fell about sixty feet. Dec 26, 2007

60 feet huh? Must have not placed from the crux to the anchors then fell, wow. Dec 26, 2007
C Runyan
Boulder, CO
C Runyan   Boulder, CO
No question, this is a Seneca classic. Jul 21, 2008
Joe Dietrick  
Super route. Crack and face climb that will get your blood going. Feb 6, 2009
Catonsville, MD
dinglestyle   Catonsville, MD
Easy 5.9 rating when compared to other climbs in the area like Tomato, The Burn and Alcoa. In my experience as a climber whenever I see a plus symbol it means sandbag rating Especially any east coast route that was established pre 5.10 era. This is classic Seneca at itÂ’s best still, a test piece in the mind of many weekend warriors. Feb 20, 2009
Ross Purnell
Ross Purnell   Palmyra
This is the most sustained pitch of 5.8 climbing I have ever done. It's like the forces of Nature collaborated to create this especially for climbers. Really amazing. Jun 1, 2009
Laguna Beach, CA
oldbull   Laguna Beach, CA
Ahh...fond memories of this climb. Absolutely stellar!!! Not friendly for those with bad technique, but certainly a gift that keeps on giving. Your calves will be scorching by the time you hit the top. Lots of gear. After climbing another 10+ years, it does strike me that sandbag may be a good description of this climb. I can't think of too many 8's that are more consistent or harder. Jul 14, 2009
Mike Anderson
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Anderson   Colorado Springs, CO
I had no idea quartzite could get this polished. Oct 19, 2010
Befta Efta
Golden, CO
Befta Efta   Golden, CO
Good climb. New to trad, so it was a hard climb for me. It sucks in the gear though. I used 7 or 8 nuts and only 2 cams.

Consistent too, no real break in the climbing. Oct 28, 2010
It's been a while... The Gendarme was still standing when I did this route! I have now climbed all over the country, Josh, Yosemite, Red Rocks, the list goes on. But Triple S is still THE route, best classic route I have ever climbed, don't miss it! Back when I climbed it it was a 5.7. Dang that was a hard 7! Apr 15, 2011
So much stemming that my feet were shaking! Chimney and stemming and pushing! yeah! May 13, 2012
I led this, again, on my 56th birthday. It seems to get harder every year, as the rock is just getting more and more polished. You can place gear everywhere, though; and, what a great belay stance at the top!! Sep 6, 2012
Dan Mathews  
Love this climb. Stemming and even some chimney moves for rests are the key. Solid protection is everywhere, so don't let it scare you off. Some thinly protected Seneca 5.7s are more intimidating than this. It doesn't get much better. Oct 24, 2012
Nothing on this climb is harder than 5.8... but not much on it is any easier than 5.8, either. Very sustained. Sep 9, 2013
Emil Briggs
Emil Briggs  
I loved the route and while it wasn't a gimme I didn't think it was particularly sandbagged. As long as you have decent stem technique that is. If you don't it's going to feel really hard. Nov 12, 2013
Awesome route! There are lots of opportunities for chimney moves, and they provide good rests. I mostly placed small to medium cams, nothing larger than a #3 C4.

There was an accident on this climb in 2001. publications.americanalpine…

A climber fell and caught his foot on a chockstone. That seems like a hazard on blocky corner climbs like Triple S. Be careful! Sep 8, 2015
Jonathan Neville
Red River Gorge
Jonathan Neville   Red River Gorge
Does anyone know of any good routes that lead to the proper summit from the top of Triple S? Apr 5, 2016
John Burkhart
Morgantown, WV
John Burkhart   Morgantown, WV
Climbed this yesterday onsight. What a fantastic route! It never lets up, there are some decent stances but they are strenuous. This route does not test your finger strength but it does test your perseverance and foot strength. Good gear. I clipped a fixed nut (looked very recent)- my partner wasn't able to clean it but we were getting cooked in the sun. If someone gets a chance give cleaning that nut a shot and it should be able to be removed. Sep 26, 2016
Andrew G
San Diego, CA
Andrew G   San Diego, CA
I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said about the first pitch. The second pitch is a stark contrast-- loose and a bit awkward, but certainly easier. Follow the line straight up and it spits you out right near Traffic Jam notch. Jun 23, 2017