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The Gendarme 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Paul Bradt/Sam Moore/Don Hubbard - 1940
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Submitted By: Brian Malone on Oct 13, 2014

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Marcia LeGrand on top of the Gendarme in 1986.


The Gendarme was a 25 foot pinnacle that rose from the center of Gunsight Notch (hence the name Gunsight Notch - it looked like the sights of a rifle). It fell/slid down the mountain on October 22, 1987.
Climb the east face of the Gendarme. Start on the northeast corner and move diagonally up to a ledge on the south east corner. Climb to the summit. The route is not considered completed until the climber stands un-aided on the summit. It can be a real trip on windy days. It was a highly recommended route for everyone.


The Gendarme was a 25 foot pinnacle that rose from the center of Gunsight Notch.
It is now a climbing store in downtown Seneca.


The protection consisted entirely of fixed pins. The descent was via rappel from several bolts on the summit

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Rock Climbing Photo: Me on top of "The Gendarme" 1980
Me on top of "The Gendarme" 1980
Rock Climbing Photo: David Engel seconding the Gendarme in 1986.  A few...
David Engel seconding the Gendarme in 1986. A few...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo from the internet
Photo from the internet

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By Brian Malone
From: Olney, Maryland
Oct 13, 2014

I added this climb even though its no longer there just so I could tick it off.
Even though it was technically not very hard, it was incredibly exposed and gave anyone who dared it bragging rights forever. I did it..
By Tim storey
Feb 11, 2015

Awesome, I was there in the spring of 89'. I used to have the t-shirt. Lol

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