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Apr 5, 2016
I'm planning a trip to Seneca Rocks. I just ordered the guide book, but I'm wondering a few things...

Is it too hot to comfortably climb there in the hotter Summer months of June, July, or August? Or does the elevation offset the hot temperatures making it comfortable? Perhaps one side or the other of the mountain stays out of direct sun for half the day if we end up climbing in hot weather? Thanks in advance.
anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Apr 5, 2016
It will be hot and sticky. However, if you follow the shade, and try to avoid climbing during the hottest hours of the day, you can still have a pleasant time. I like to get up early, climb on the west face for 3-4 hours, then take a siesta and/or a frolic in the ol' swimming hole in the river. Then you can hit up the east face in the afternoon for a few hours and be down in time to get pizza on the front porch while watching all of the n00bs from Pittsburgh rappel with their headlamps on. Seneca is magical. Air Alexy
Joined May 13, 2010
4 points
Apr 5, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Seneca mist
Rock Climbing Photo: It's Hot
It's Hot



FWIW, I'm not from Pittsburgh..
just a noob with a headlamp
McHull
From SCPA
Joined Aug 29, 2012
245 points
Apr 5, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenste...
Elevation doesn't come into play til 3500-4000 feet or so. I used to leave Snoeshoe and by the time we hit Petersburg the temperature went up from 75-80 to 90-95. Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Joined Jul 21, 2012
444 points
Apr 6, 2016
As said earlier Seneca runs North South - so you climb mostly on East or West facing climbs. So chasing the shade is easy enough - will it be hot - of course it will, it's summer time. Will you have a great time anyway - of course you will. Chris Rice
Joined Jan 11, 2013
45 points
Apr 12, 2016
Thank you people for all of your feedback and comments. I have another question...

I'm looking at camping at the Seneca Shadows campground. My understanding is that the campground is in walking distance of the approach trail head. And that some of the camp sights are labeled "WALK TO". Is one of these the camping sight area I want to reserve to be closest to the approach trail head to lessen the walking distance?

Thanks!
anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Apr 12, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Seneca mist
They are the closest to approach trail, but it means there's no parking directly at the campsite.


you have to walk to the site.
McHull
From SCPA
Joined Aug 29, 2012
245 points
Apr 12, 2016
It's super easy to walk from Seneca Shadows to go climbing. If you're staying at one of the walk in sites in the field, look toward the back right corner of the field. There's an old road that takes you down the hill and spits you out right by the Gendarme/Harper's/Yocum's. It's quicker than driving out through the campground and back up the road, and adds maybe 1/4-1/2 of a mile to the approach, plus you get to stop for pizza on the walk back to camp.
If you ask me, the best parts of climbing at Seneca are that:
The climbing--It's an alpine-ish feel and you get to climb to an actual summit. There aren't many, if any places in the south like it.
You can park your car and leave it as long as you are there. No need to drive anywhere, provided that you brought most of your food/supplies from elsewhere.
There is little to no cell service. It's an opportunity to disconnect.
I've been climbing there on and off for quite some time. PM if you need any beta.
BrianKostelnik57
Joined May 30, 2012
3 points
Apr 13, 2016
Thank you folks! That is exactly the information I was looking for. Have a wonderful day. anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Apr 19, 2016
One more question...

What sort of things in the area might you recommend to do on a rest day?
anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Apr 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: wicked jacket boner in the bugs
Mountain biking in the surrounding area is pretty good, people swim at the local swimming hole, there is hiking (on the ridge looking east), go to dolly sods wilderness and backpack or trail run, fishing probably?, caving in Franklin is allegidly really good too if that's your thing. Matt Carroll
Joined Dec 9, 2013
42 points
Apr 19, 2016
I've climbed at Seneca every month of the year. In the winter, you follow the sun. In the summer, you follow the shade. Alexy is right: it's magical any time of the year. Have fun. Don MacKenzie
From Seattle, WA
Joined Apr 18, 2009
37 points
Apr 20, 2016
Back from spending a weekend at Seneca.
As off 2016/04/20 Harper's pizza is not available - issues with water supply.

Gateway restaurant, simple but good, is ~15 minutes away
They have Subway a few minutes WALK from Harper's.

One of the days, you must go to the Purple Fiddle, ~50 minute drive. Food is good, and you can enjoy live music and beer.
Hellbenders is also a must visit.
amarius
Joined Feb 23, 2012
23 points
Apr 21, 2016
Thanks for the additional information. What if you we wanted a little urban outing, like catch a movie or something? What's the closest town for that? anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Apr 25, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: on belay
anotherclimber wrote:
Thanks for the additional information. What if you we wanted a little urban outing, like catch a movie or something? What's the closest town for that?


go somewhere other than senica....
Kyle Cobbler
From Asheville NC
Joined Jun 3, 2014
422 points
Apr 25, 2016
anotherclimber wrote:
Thanks for the additional information. What if you we wanted a little urban outing, like catch a movie or something? What's the closest town for that?


I'd head for Elkins. It's about 45 minutes away.
Mark Thesing
From Central Indiana
Joined Apr 20, 2010
63 points
Apr 25, 2016
Thank you Mark, much appreciated. anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points
Jun 8, 2016
I'm looking to climb a seneca in towards the end of july (july 2oth or so) I do not have a partner so let me you if you would like to trade belays. benlariv
Joined Jul 1, 2013
9 points
Jun 9, 2016
benlariv wrote:
I'm looking to climb a seneca in towards the end of july (july 2oth or so) I do not have a partner so let me you if you would like to trade belays.


We've already been and gone. It was fun. Hope you find someone to climb with.
anotherclimber
Joined Apr 4, 2016
17 points


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