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Neck Press 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Troy on Jun 9, 2009

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great views up there


Another fun Seneca 5.7

Pitch 1: Scramble to and up a low angle dihedral with a nice finger crack for pro. At the top of the dihedral, make some interesting moves to achieve a small ledge with rap anchors.

Pitch 2: Move left into the corner, to another rappel station.

Pitch 3: Follows a corner just right of Old Man's last pitch.


On the face right of Le Gourmet Direct.


Standard rack.

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By Troy
Jun 9, 2009

As of May 2009, there was a perma-Alien at the crux on p1. This route would best be done early to avoid the steady stream of rappels that share the same basic line and anchors.
By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
May 24, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Alien is gone but there is a fixed nut half way up the 1st pitch now.
By Felix Duvallet
May 21, 2012

The second and third pitches are often skipped but are truly worthwhile! Early in the day is probably better to avoid getting rappelled on.
By ajtwoface
May 21, 2012
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Good route, but as mentioned above it is a common rap route so do it early. I only did the first pitch.
By Naz Ahmed
From: Herndon, Virginia
Oct 20, 2014
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

In Tony Barnes 2006 book this is rated 7+. The cruxes are more sustained than other Seneca 5.7s. The second pitch could be done with a squeeze chimney variation instead of staying outside the corner. Easily can link pitch 2 & 3 or escape left after pitch 2 to access critter wall.
By Andrew G
From: Silver Spring, MD
Jun 23, 2017
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a hard 5.7, even by Seneca standards. First pitch is mostly a tips crack in the corner that leaves you searching for decent feet. The second pitch is mostly easy, but has a distinct crux in the mini-chimney that's probably more tricky than purely difficult. IMHO, the 3rd pitch was the best-- hero climbing up twin cracks that keep kicking back in angle with some great exposure. Pitch 2 and 3 can be linked without adding a ton of rope drag.

Wish I would have grabbed some pictures since it appears none of the ones on this page are actually Neckpress...
By Andy Weinmann
From: Silver Spring, MD
Jul 17, 2017
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

More like a 5.8, especially if Tomato is supposed to be an 8. Tricky crux with a few strenuous moves but great protection. The 2nd pitch is just awkward and a bit strenuous as well. Best to do early in the day.

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