Type: Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches
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Shared By: Mark Cushman on Feb 26, 2007
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Classic. From Gunsight Notch, head up the arete towards the South Peak, moving onto airy but easy ground on the west face. Belay after gaining the summit ridge. The second "pitch" is the summit ridge to the summit block.


Start at the Gunsight Notch. You can climb Banana and Debbie, scramble up ledges on the west side, or take the trail up the east side to Upper Broadway and scramble a short 5.0 to gain the notch. To descend use the standard South Peak rappel routes.


Standard Seneca rack, eats passive pro.
Jonathan Dull
Boone, NC
Jonathan Dull   Boone, NC
Super classic climb with great exposure and good pro. You'll encounter a real old pin with red cord about 20ft from the summit, most build belay here in fractured blocks which seem pretty solid. Steep, classic, fun and easy! Nov 14, 2012
John Ely
John Ely   DC
This has got to be one of the best 5.3s on the east coast, if not in North America as a whole. Nov 20, 2012
Dan Ecker
Dan Ecker   Annapolis
To belay from the bolts at the top do this...
1-clip the bolts and sling with a 48 inch runner
2-flip the runner over the block(towards the town)
3-Use another runner/cordelette to bring the master point lower so you can stand on the block with your back to the town and be facing east Oct 12, 2015
...or just keep it simple and build an anchor with your rope. Oct 12, 2016
Great climb! Super fun and very exposed. This was our first time at the summit of Seneca and it is amazing!

Anyone want to weigh in with the best method of getting back to the ground? It took us a bit of exploring to find a way down. Any info would be appreciated. Jan 2, 2017
I found it easiest to rap off the East Face. We down climbed to a small ledge just beneath the summit ridge on the East side. There's a rap station that'll take you to a ledge where Alcoa Presents starts (Alcoa ledge maybe?). On that ledge are two rap stations that'll easily get you down to the ground beneath Upper Broadway. Two ropes can get you down from the first station. A 70m with stretch would be cutting it really close. We opted to do two rappels with my 70m just incase.

As for getting to the notch, Banana and Debbie kinda suck, but are class 5 pitches at least. Upper Broadway and the 5.0 pitch on the East Side spice it up a bit. Jun 23, 2017
Wendy L
Washington, District of Col…
Wendy L   Washington, District of Col…
Attempted on July 7, was unable to climb because of a bee's nest at the base of the 1st pitch. Jul 7, 2017
Washington, DC
A J   Washington, DC
Great climb, great exposure, great pro. To add to what Dan said re: east face rappel- you will find a bolted anchor 15 yds north of the south summit, on the east face just below a small notch. It is just barely off screen (to the left) in this picture: mountainproject.com/v/10769…. One single 60 m will get to the alcoa ledge station, another will get down to broadway. Sep 25, 2017