Type: Trad, 25 ft
FA: Paul Bradt/Sam Moore/Don Hubbard - 1940
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Shared By: Brian Malone on Oct 13, 2014
Admins: Ladd, Shawn Heath, Vicki Schwantes, Jake Jones

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The Gendarme was a 25 foot pinnacle that rose from the center of Gunsight Notch (hence the name Gunsight Notch - it looked like the sights of a rifle). It fell/slid down the mountain on October 22, 1987.
Climb the east face of the Gendarme. Start on the northeast corner and move diagonally up to a ledge on the south east corner. Climb to the summit. The route is not considered completed until the climber stands un-aided on the summit. It can be a real trip on windy days. It was a highly recommended route for everyone.


The Gendarme was a 25 foot pinnacle that rose from the center of Gunsight Notch.
It is now a climbing store in downtown Seneca.


The protection consisted entirely of fixed pins. The descent was via rappel from several bolts on the summit


Brian Malone
Olney, MD
Brian Malone   Olney, MD
I added this climb even though its no longer there just so I could tick it off.
Even though it was technically not very hard, it was incredibly exposed and gave anyone who dared it bragging rights forever. I did it.. Oct 13, 2014
Awesome, I was there in the spring of 89'. I used to have the t-shirt. Lol Feb 11, 2015
At least the rumor in the 70s was that someone had threaded one of those cloth measuring tapes through the cracks, and had found that the piece of rock that was holding it on only had a circumference of 18" !!! That's when I decided I would not bother doing the route. Didn't surprise me at all when it fell. Still a darn shame though. It just doesn't look the same. Nov 29, 2018