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5.8, Trad, 50 ft,
Avg: 3.2 from 73 votes
W Virginia > Seneca Rocks > S Peak - E Face > Upper Broadway
From the large belay ledge at the top of Conns East Direct (also the start of Orangeaid) belay from anchors on right and climb crack with large aluminum piton in it (hence the name) to summit crest.
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The aluminum piton on Alcoa Presents
Looking down from the summit
Past the crux on Alcoa Presents
Wikswo at the start.
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Phenomenal line that doesn't back off.
A new piton adds extra security about half way up. Found superb hand jams to top out the route to the belay.
Oct 24, 2012
Really awesome route...exciting and sustained
Sep 11, 2013
Andrew J 133
Great line, very well protected, don't bother clipping the alcoa piton, it's hammered in too far, got pumped trying to clip it. Get good gear below that point and then cruise through the cruxy/foot smear section before getting great gear above it...awesome climb
Apr 7, 2014
While you can't clip the aluminum pin because the eye is into the crack, you can thread it with a thin dyneema sling. The next few moves are the crux for me and I actually find them more difficult than Triple S.
May 27, 2014
San Diego, CA
I had no intention of trying this route or any Seneca 5.8 for now, but just staring up at it from the anchors on Alcoa ledge, this line looked too good not to hop on. And it lived it up to expectations.
Aug 10, 2015
If you forget to save a dyneema runner to thread through the big piton (as I did), there are a healthy number of small cam placements nearby.
Sep 8, 2015