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Cottonmouth - Venom 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Cottonmouth: Hale & Evans - 1969
Venom: Prothro, Laeger, Rollins - 1975
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jan 19, 2007

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Cottonmouth pitch. October '07. Photo: Patrick McC...


Two separate routes that when linked together make for a classic outing. Begin on the Snake Face just left of the arete formed by it and the Face of a Thousand Pitons.

P1: Climb the steep corners up to a nice ledge at a bolted anchor.

P2: Step off the belay and climb the right-facing flake up until reaching a thin crack out left. Follow this up past a dirty face to the top of the wall.


Standard rack.

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The delicately thin layback that is Venom.  Gene m...
BETA PHOTO: The delicately thin layback that is Venom. Gene m...
Gettin' started on Cottonmouth, sweet!
BETA PHOTO: Gettin' started on Cottonmouth, sweet!
Tim Beechethy leading, 09/15/2012
Tim Beechethy leading, 09/15/2012

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By Jeff Mekolites
From: HOTlanta, GA
Apr 4, 2007

Cottonmouth could be the classic 5.10 route at Seneca...I think it was better than MM-Crack of Dawn link up.
By furrymurry
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 21, 2008

The linkup totals a little over 100 feet, you can just reach the ground if you rap with a 60m.
By cshuey77
From: Asheviile,nc
May 27, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13

tricky gear, very sustained!
By Nate R
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 3, 2011
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I think the 1st pitch is 10c, 2nd 10d
By A Terray
From: San Diego, CA
Oct 16, 2011

Best 5.10 at Seneca. Super classic.
By Timothy Beecher
From: College Park
Sep 17, 2012

This is an awesome climb! The gear is a little iffy at times due to the hollow nature of some of the flakes but it is well worth it. The moves are very interesting.
By Kirby
From: DC
Feb 23, 2014

This route is fantastic. Nice no-hands rest about halfway up, so go for it!
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