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Ecstasy 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Faint, et al.
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Jan 18, 2007

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James Bragg approaching the second belay station

Description 

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 and belay from a tree.


Protection 

Standard rack.



Photos of Ecstasy Slideshow Add Photo
Climbers on Pitch 2. Fall, 2007.
Climbers on Pitch 2. Fall, 2007.
Schematic of Ectasy on the South End.
Schematic of Ectasy on the South End.
Garth on the first pitch one cold windy day.
Garth on the first pitch one cold windy day.
start to Ecstasy
BETA PHOTO: start to Ecstasy
Buddy Price climbing up last pitch of Ecstasy 09-2010.
Buddy Price climbing up last pitch of Ecstasy 09-2...
at the start of the 2nd pitch
at the start of the 2nd pitch
the ecstasy line. a good one!
the ecstasy line. a good one!
James Bragg approaching the third and final belay station
James Bragg approaching the third and final belay ...
near the end of the 3rd pitch
near the end of the 3rd pitch
Red arrow points to rap for Ecstasy & Simple J Malarky. Free hanging rap is about 150 ft, give or take. Or you can walk north to the base of other climbs (Triple S, Marshall's Madness, Crack of Dawn... area known as wall of a Thousand Pitons). Photo by K. Mullen.
BETA PHOTO: Red arrow points to rap for Ecstasy & Simple J Mal...
The start of pitch 3 of Ecstasy
BETA PHOTO: The start of pitch 3 of Ecstasy
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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 19, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

This is a great intro to Seneca at a moderate level. It gives you a feel for what is special about the place without climbing too hard or wandering around too far before getting the feel of it.

By Brian Adzima
From: the Paris of Appalachia
Feb 8, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

Of the Seneca Sevens, Ecstasy is the closet to the road, the least vertical approach, most over-hyped, and probably the easiest. If you want to climb Ecstasy be prepared to wait at the base of the route, and then at every belay station. Depending on the party ahead of you the three pitches could take half of the day. If the party ahead of you is really testing your patience you might want to bail onto the Southwest corner or some other route around on the west face. That being said, Ecstasy is an ok route with no/little loose rock and ok fixed gear.

By Floridaputz
From: Oakland Park, Florida
Feb 19, 2008

My first climb at Seneca Rocks. I just led this Again. I really think this is one of the best 5.7's anywhere. The traversing P2 and P3 is outstanding, pretty darn good exposure as the route traverses above the big cave.

By Matt Desenberg
From: North Berwick, ME
Mar 1, 2009

Overrated, in my opinion.

By Matty Zane
From: Freedom
Apr 17, 2009

Lines? I have climbed this route 3 times, and not once have I had to wait in line. It is a must do in my opinion. Be carful with the old pins.

By attila
Apr 11, 2010

My guidebook describes this as something like "exciting but never outrageous". That's a perfect description. There's one spot on P2 where your only pro option is an old piton. Other pitons are in spots where you can place your own gear and not rely on these god-only-knows fixed pieces. There are no bail-out points without losing gear. Once on, you're committed. So climb with a proven partner! This climb is wonderful, do it even if you have to wait. Rappel from Ecstasy Jr. just around the corner.

By Josh Smethers
From: Malvern, pa
Apr 11, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13

Tons of fun and super exposed! You can really sew it up too, if you feel nervous. The third pitch is powerful, but "it's all there" as they say.

By Ross Purnell
From: Palmyra
Aug 17, 2010

This is probably my least favorite Seneca 5.7. The second belay station sucks. You can bypass it and go all the way to the top, but it's hell trying to communicate with your second.
It's too much traversing and not enough upward climbing, and the rock is funky.
Compare this to great lines like West Pole and it just doesn't cut it as a classic. Ecstasy Junior is more esthetically pleasing, and you can rap down to your bags afterward.

By CDC
Sep 20, 2011

Ecstasy can be done in two pitches with a 70 meter rope.

By Joe Hunt
From: Long Beach, CA
Sep 30, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b

Thought it was classic and super steep for the grade. Soft rating, though... maybe a 7- or a 6 even.

By K Baumgartner
Sep 30, 2013

Great exposure but very underwhelming as a Seneca 7. Dufty's and West Pole, for example, are way nicer lines.

By Jeff Klassen
From: Laurel, Maryland
Oct 7, 2013

Mistakenly (got a bit excited to be on the route) linked P1 and P2. Made for some long climbing and "heavy" rope drag.