Type: Trad, 250 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Faint, et al.
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jan 18, 2007 with updates from Brian Malone
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Ecstasy is a classic, steep, exposed line that protects well. A perfect route for aspiring trad leaders.

P1: Begin at the far left end of the South End and climb up a 25' chimney to a large ledge. Continue up a white face to a belay stance beneath a roof.

P2: Step right and ascend a wide crack, then continue traversing right while the wall below you disappears. Climb up a broken system to a belay at some fixed gear.

P3: Traverse right again and then head up very steep rock to a good ledge and belay from a tree.


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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
This is a great intro to Seneca at a moderate level. It gives you a feel for what is special about the place without climbing too hard or wandering around too far before getting the feel of it. Jan 19, 2007
Brian Adzima
San Francisco
Brian Adzima   San Francisco
Of the Seneca Sevens, Ecstasy is the closet to the road, the least vertical approach, most over-hyped, and probably the easiest. If you want to climb Ecstasy be prepared to wait at the base of the route, and then at every belay station. Depending on the party ahead of you the three pitches could take half of the day. If the party ahead of you is really testing your patience you might want to bail onto the Southwest corner or some other route around on the west face. That being said, Ecstasy is an ok route with no/little loose rock and ok fixed gear. Feb 8, 2007
Oakland Park, Florida
Floridaputz   Oakland Park, Florida
My first climb at Seneca Rocks. I just led this Again. I really think this is one of the best 5.7's anywhere. The traversing P2 and P3 is outstanding, pretty darn good exposure as the route traverses above the big cave. Feb 19, 2008
Matt Desenberg
Limerick, ME
Matt Desenberg   Limerick, ME
Overrated, in my opinion. Mar 1, 2009
Matty Zane
Matty Zane   Freedom
Lines? I have climbed this route 3 times, and not once have I had to wait in line. It is a must do in my opinion. Be carful with the old pins. Apr 17, 2009
My guidebook describes this as something like "exciting but never outrageous". That's a perfect description. There's one spot on P2 where your only pro option is an old piton. Other pitons are in spots where you can place your own gear and not rely on these god-only-knows fixed pieces. There are no bail-out points without losing gear. Once on, you're committed. So climb with a proven partner! This climb is wonderful, do it even if you have to wait. Rappel from Ecstasy Jr. just around the corner. Apr 11, 2010
Josh Smethers
Malvern, pa
  5.7 PG13
Josh Smethers   Malvern, pa
  5.7 PG13
Tons of fun and super exposed! You can really sew it up too, if you feel nervous. The third pitch is powerful, but "it's all there" as they say. Apr 11, 2010
Ross Purnell
Ross Purnell   Palmyra
This is probably my least favorite Seneca 5.7. The second belay station sucks. You can bypass it and go all the way to the top, but it's hell trying to communicate with your second.
It's too much traversing and not enough upward climbing, and the rock is funky.
Compare this to great lines like West Pole and it just doesn't cut it as a classic. Ecstasy Junior is more esthetically pleasing, and you can rap down to your bags afterward. Aug 17, 2010
Ecstasy can be done in two pitches with a 70 meter rope. Sep 20, 2011
Joe Hunt
Costa Mesa, CA
Joe Hunt   Costa Mesa, CA
Thought it was classic and super steep for the grade. Soft rating, though... maybe a 7- or a 6 even. Sep 30, 2011
Great exposure but very underwhelming as a Seneca 7. Dufty's and West Pole, for example, are way nicer lines. Sep 30, 2013
Jeff Klassen
Denver, CO
Jeff Klassen   Denver, CO
Mistakenly (got a bit excited to be on the route) linked P1 and P2. Made for some long climbing and "heavy" rope drag. Oct 7, 2013
If you are in to having fun while climbing, plugging gear nearly whenever you like, and not taking the stairs to the south face, then this route if perfect. Jul 14, 2015
Fan Zhang
Washington, DC
Fan Zhang   Washington, DC
Does anyone have recommendations for where to build an anchor after topping out of pitch 3? The 12-16" dead pine and 3-4" live pine that are immediately right of the top out don't inspire much confidence.

Nice hand jams on pitch 1. Big exposure on P2. Build semi-hanging belay at end of P2 at fixed pin with a ring on it, backed up with a nut on top and additional fixed pin. Pitch 3 gets easier after bulge.

Make sure the weather is cool enough when you climb this because of the full on sun exposure. Aug 17, 2015
Fan - I agree, the 4" tree at the top of pitch 3 is not super confidence-inspiring, although I think it is probably adequate in its current condition. I approached this in a perhaps complicated but efficient enough manner this weekend. After topping out I continued up to one of the larger trees 30' from the edge, fixed the rope, and then used a grigri back to the edge. I then belayed off of the small tree and backed that up with rope past my grigri. Oct 18, 2015
Knoxville, TN
paul.adams.3   Knoxville, TN
2 fixed nuts and a fixed pin for p2 belay as of July '16. For P3, I headed left towards a decent tree at the top and found #2 and #4 placements in a crack just left and below the tree. No problems finding an anchor up there. Easy walk off to finish. Each pitch was sustained and fun. Lots of exposure! I can't say if it measures up to other classics, but I highly enjoyed this route. Aug 2, 2016
Andrew G
San Diego, CA
Andrew G   San Diego, CA
I thought this climb was a lot of fun. Definitely on the soft side for a Seneca 7, but great position on the 2nd and 3rd pitch, good pro the whole way. Not a visually distinct line from the ground, but follows the path of least resistance. Jun 23, 2017
S2k 4life
S2k 4life   Baltimore
A seneca 7... Not underated. An amzing route. The traverses are fun and exposed. The climbing on p2 and 3 is steep on good holds and feet while sustained.

For p1 theres only one spot to belay at a small sloping ledge 100 feet directly straight up almost facing the west. You can see the burn and ex.junior..your in the right spot... p2 goes 10 more feet up trending right and then the first descent traverse. There is also another traverse but p2 and p3 are easily combined with lots of slings. A couple long ones.

I was very happy my partner combined p2 and p3 bc there is no ledge or comfortable belay spot, the climbing is sustained and exposed!!!@! Jun 17, 2018
Chris Oleson
Santiago, Chile
Chris Oleson   Santiago, Chile
Linked P2 and P3 (70M rope) to speed up the climb as the sun was setting and we were running out of time. There was so much chalk everywhere I'm not sure I chose the "true" line but ended up at the correct finish. I definitely enjoyed the route. It was pretty cruisey but staying on route was a bit of a challenge Oct 4, 2018