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Cottonmouth - Venom 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Cottonmouth: Hale & Evans - 1969
Venom: Prothro, Laeger, Rollins - 1975
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jan 19, 2007  with updates from Juan Vargas

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Cottonmouth pitch. October '07. Photo: Patrick McC...


Two separate routes that when linked together make for a classic outing. Begin on the Snake Face just left of the arete formed by it and the Face of a Thousand Pitons.

P1: Climb the steep corners up to a nice ledge at a bolted anchor.

P2: Step off the belay and climb the right-facing flake up until reaching a thin crack out left. Follow this up past a dirty face to the top of the wall.

The cottonmouth-Venom link-up totals 3 pitches and ends up at the traffic jam. 3rd pitch follows a left leaning finger crack all the way to the traffic jam rappel anchors.


Standard rack.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tim Beechethy leading, 09/15/2012
Tim Beechethy leading, 09/15/2012
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Rock Climbing Photo: Gettin' started on Cottonmouth, sweet!
BETA PHOTO: Gettin' started on Cottonmouth, sweet!

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By Jeff Mekolites
From: ATL GA
Apr 4, 2007

Cottonmouth could be the classic 5.10 route at Seneca...I think it was better than MM-Crack of Dawn link up.
By MauryB
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 21, 2008

The linkup totals a little over 100 feet, you can just reach the ground if you rap with a 60m.
By cshuey77 shuey
From: Asheviile,nc
May 27, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13

tricky gear, very sustained!
By Nate R
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 3, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I think the 1st pitch is 10c, 2nd 10d
By A Terray
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 16, 2011

Best 5.10 at Seneca. Super classic.
By Timothy Beecher
From: College Park
Sep 17, 2012

This is an awesome climb! The gear is a little iffy at times due to the hollow nature of some of the flakes but it is well worth it. The moves are very interesting.
By Kirby
From: DC
Feb 23, 2014

This route is fantastic. Nice no-hands rest about halfway up, so go for it!
By Juan Vargas
From: Bakersfield, CA
Sep 7, 2016
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Classic line. The total link-up goes for three pitches, ending at the Traffic Jam rappel station. The third pitch could use more traffic but is well worth doing as it follows a nice left leaning crack that climbs and protects very well.

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