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High Test 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jesse Morehouse on Jun 28, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: High Test, Topo


A maximum value experience not to be missed. You will find a bit of everything on this classic which has been described by at least one experienced regular as a "great 5.9 with a 5.11 crux". Your experience may vary but you will definitely consider an ascent worth your time.

Not recommended for a 5.9 leader.

Climb the thin crack (cruxy), traverse right then stem up the left-facing corner(strenuous) and finally face climb past the bulge to the top.


From the intersection of the East Face trail and Upper Broadway (base of Castor) turn right (North) and walk to the high point ~20 ft in front of you shaded by a pine tree. You will see a thin crack in the wall leading to a horizontal feature about 20' up.


A little bit of everything. Did you remember your small gear?

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By Mike Anderson
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 19, 2010

Definitely nowhere near 5.11. Nice long pitch, but a bit mossy in spots.
By A Terray
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 16, 2011

Felt maybe 10a by modern standards. Definitely spot on compared to other grades at Seneca
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Nov 13, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Agree with Allison, probably 10a but spot on with other Seneca 9+ routes. Crux is def the finger crack down low. That said, the rest of it isn't much easier so 'sustained' is the name of the game. Protects fairly well; take what the route gives you and don't pass up gear placements, especially once past the first big ledge. There's still a fixed stopper in the right-facing corner/small roof as of 11NOV2012.
By Frogmen83
Oct 20, 2014

One of the toughest 5.9's (hee hee) I've ever led. Great route!
By Jeff McLeod
Sep 20, 2015
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

One of if not the best climb I've done at Seneca. This is in-your-face climbing that challenges a variety of skills. Is any move harder than 5.9? Probably not. But it's consistently hard 5.9 for 100 feet with few good rests. Certified classic. A single 60m rope doesn't quite reach the ground.
By Herb Laeger
Apr 4, 2017

I did the FA of this route a long time ago and loved every second of the climb.
Looking at the pics of Seneca brings back many fond memories. I hope it hasn't changed much. Almost Heaven!
By Mark Thesing
From: Central Indiana
Jul 29, 2017

Herb - I used to climb a lot at Seneca in the early 80s. After a 30 year break in climbing, I made it back to Seneca a couple years ago. It may be I'm viewing things through older eyes but to me Seneca has a totally different feel now. Still a great place but not what it used to be.

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