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Amazing Grace

5.7 R, Trad, 210 ft, 2 pitches,  Avg: 1.7 from 3 votes
FA: Larry Conrad, Mike Schmitt 1974
W Virginia > Seneca Rocks > S Peak - E Face > Upper Broadway


This route traverses the South Peak East Face to the top of the Soler Flake. It has serious run outs and is infrequently done, so expect to be brushing off lichen to find your holds (some of which may break...). This description differs from that in Tony Barnes' book, but the line was logical and ended at the same place. Please contact me if you can help reconcile the differences.

Protection is infrequent but (mostly) solid, but falls shouldn't be dangerous until you get to the last 30 ft of the route (follower would hit the Soler Flake full force in a fall... bolt could probably protect that).

P1. Start at a tree near the end of the second pitch of Old Ladies. Traverse right and slightly up, passing under the right facing corner in the second pitch of Dirty Old Man. End at the left facing corner a short ways into the second pitch of Frosted Flake. (~100ft)

P2. Traverse right around the corner onto the lichen-covered face. Pass the shuts on T. R. Rap and Tap to a thin vertical crack. Follow this straight up to a set of shuts (end here to skip the dangerous traverse). Continue right and very slightly up to head directly for the top of Soler Flake. (~115ft)

I'd probably give this route two stars if it weren't for the final traverse. End at the last set of shuts for a bit of 5.7 adventure.


First pitch has plenty of landmarks in the above description.

For P2 -- If you look at a picture of the east face, you notice two massive, nearly horizontal, right-leaning seams down and left of the summit. You pass under the left-most, and through the left end of the right seam.


Standard rack. Add small tri cams.

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Passing under the Dirty Old Man P2 right-facing corner.<br>
Photo Credit-Jack Kleman
[Hide Photo] Passing under the Dirty Old Man P2 right-facing corner. Photo Credit-Jack Kleman