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Back to the Front 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dan Miller
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Submitted By: Jeremy Steck on Sep 24, 2007

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Breanna Purnell seconding her father Ross Purnell ...


This is one on the nicest face climbs at Seneca in my opinion. Great moves, good gear, and great position and tops out on a very thin and exposed flake. The crux is right around the first bolt, then fun face moves all the way to the top with an exciting finish.


Start at the highest point on the Old Man's Traverse Ledge, just right of a right facing corner(15ft high with wide crack). Easiest descent is via a small rappel tree in the gully behind the large flake about 30 Ft. below the top out. Rappel or scramble down to shuts on Conn's West.


2 bolts, 2 pins, standard Seneca rack. A larger microstopper is nice for the last move, but somewhat hard to place. Gear is plentiful for most of the route. This will likely become more popular since the R rating has been dropped in the new guidebook (it's definitely not R rated, especially for Seneca).

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By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Mar 1, 2009

Way underrated, go climb it!!
By Ben Annibali
From: Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Feb 25, 2010

This is an amazing climb with funky holds!! Its awesome
By kzoo
From: michigan
Apr 7, 2010

An unbelievable climb! The crux for me was definitely at the first bolt. Be careful placing a nut in the last crack - I grabbed the top of the flake and looked down to see my nut had wiggled loose. It would have been a long ride!! That crack tends to spit out pro.
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Jul 15, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I feel like this has two distinct cruxes. 1.)at the first bolt and 2.) the very top section finger crack. The top one sneaks up on you cuz the climbing below has eased off a bit in the last 15+ ft. Wouldn't wanna fall there...that ledge is potentially ankle breaking if you blow it.

I usually descend from that top area by belaying my 2nd down the chimney that faces the top of the Critter Cracks area. I then just down-solo the easy chimney (prob 5.2/3). There's also a large block lodged in the top of the chimney that you can sling and rap from if you wanna leave some tat behind.

Sweet route though. Great exposure and very airy!

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