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A Different School of Thought T 
Birds of Prey T 
Blood On The Tracks T,TR 
Candy Corner T 
Daydream, The T 
Drop Zone T 
Ecstasy T 
Ecstasy Junior T 
Fine Young Cannibals  T 
La Bella Vista T 
La Bella Vista: Lotus variation T 
Lower Skyline Direct (LSD) T 
Muscle Beach T 
Nightwings T 
Satisfaction 2 T 
Shambler, The T 
Simple J Malarky T 
Sixth Sense T 
Southern Exposure T 
Southwest Buttress Variation T 
Spinnaker S 
Sunshine T 
Superstition T 
T & T T 
Tony's Nightmare T 
Tony's Nightmare Direct Finish T 
Totem T 
Welcome to Seneca T 
Wild Men Only T 
Ye Gods & Little Fishes T 
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South End Rock Climbing 

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The southern end of Seneca consists of several buttresses of broken quartzite. Ecstacy (5.7), one of Seneca's premier routes is located on the south west end.

The cave area contains several of Seneca's most difficult routes, such as Fine Young Cannibals (5.13), and only bouldering at Seneca.

Several classic routes including Candy corner (5.5), Ye Gods and Little Fishes (5.8), and Drop Zone (5.11a) are located at the far east end.

It is worth noting that Skyline Traverse (5.3) is located immediately above these routes and rockfall from parties on it is quite common. A helmet might protect you from the smaller stuff, but it may be advisable to avoid the area because bigger stuff (football sized) is occasionally set lose.

Getting There 

Hike up Roy Gap road, the Southern End is immediately on your left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in South End

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South End:
Ecstasy Junior   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Southwest Buttress Variation   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lower Skyline Direct (LSD)   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Candy Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
Ecstasy   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Simple J Malarky   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   
Ye Gods & Little Fishes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
T & T   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
Sunshine   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   
Sixth Sense   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 190'   
La Bella Vista   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
A Different School of Thought   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Muscle Beach   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   
Spinnaker   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Totem   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
Drop Zone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
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Featured Route For South End
Rock Climbing Photo: Schematic of Ectasy on the South End.

Ecstasy 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  West Virginia : Seneca Rocks : South End
Ecstasy is a classic, steep, exposed line that protects well. A perfect route for aspiring trad leaders. P1: Begin at the far left end of the South End and climb up a 25' chimney to a large ledge. Continue up a white face to a belay stance beneath a roof.P2: Step right and ascend a wide crack, then continue traversing right while the wall below you disappears. Climb up a broken system to a belay at some fixed gear. P3: Traverse right again and then head up very steep rock to a good ledge an...[more]   Browse More Classics in West Virginia

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Rock Climbing Photo: South end from the lower parking lot at the visito...
BETA PHOTO: South end from the lower parking lot at the visito...
Rock Climbing Photo: Curtis Runyan on the Uber classic Ecstacy.
Curtis Runyan on the Uber classic Ecstacy.
Rock Climbing Photo: The South End of Seneca
The South End of Seneca

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By Armin Colorado
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 6, 2006
Ecstacy Jr (4) also not to be missed as the hardest overhanging 4 on the planet, as well as the burn (8) which after completing you can TR sunshine 10aR.
By virginiaboy Link
Mar 23, 2012
Not really a 10R...take some brass and get some...really worth pulling an on-site and not doing a TR...The Burn is a good warm-up.

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