Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Cottonmouth: Hale & Evans - 1969Venom: Prothro, Laeger, Rollins - 1975
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jan 19, 2007 with updates from Juan Vargas
Admins: Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones

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Two separate routes that when linked together make for a classic outing. Begin on the Snake Face just left of the arete formed by it and the Face of a Thousand Pitons.

P1: Climb the steep corners up to a nice ledge at a bolted anchor.

P2: Step off the belay and climb the right-facing flake up until reaching a thin crack out left. Follow this up past a dirty face to the top of the wall.

The cottonmouth-Venom link-up totals 3 pitches and ends up at the traffic jam. 3rd pitch follows a left leaning finger crack all the way to the traffic jam rappel anchors.


Standard rack.


Jeff Mekolites
Jeff Mekolites   ATL GA
Cottonmouth could be the classic 5.10 route at Seneca...I think it was better than MM-Crack of Dawn link up. Apr 4, 2007
Boulder, CO
MauryB   Boulder, CO
The linkup totals a little over 100 feet, you can just reach the ground if you rap with a 60m. Oct 21, 2008
cshuey77 shuey
  5.11a PG13
cshuey77 shuey   Asheviile,nc
  5.11a PG13
tricky gear, very sustained! May 27, 2010
Nate R
Boulder, CO
Nate R   Boulder, CO
I think the 1st pitch is 10c, 2nd 10d Jun 3, 2011
Allison Quirk
San Diego, CA
Allison Quirk   San Diego, CA
Best 5.10 at Seneca. Super classic. Oct 16, 2011
Timothy Beecher
College Park
Timothy Beecher   College Park
This is an awesome climb! The gear is a little iffy at times due to the hollow nature of some of the flakes but it is well worth it. The moves are very interesting. Sep 17, 2012
Kirby Crider
Kirby Crider   DC
This route is fantastic. Nice no-hands rest about halfway up, so go for it! Feb 23, 2014
Juan Vargas
Bakersfield, CA
Juan Vargas   Bakersfield, CA
Classic line. The total link-up goes for three pitches, ending at the Traffic Jam rappel station. The third pitch could use more traffic but is well worth doing as it follows a nice left leaning crack that climbs and protects very well. Sep 7, 2016