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By Eric Fernandez
From Dixon, CA
Mar 25, 2013

I've been climbing about a year and a half, started in the gym and quickly had to get outside, mostly sport climbing, so far. I took my first trip to seneca rocks with a friend in January,it was absolutely amazing, got to lead my first trad pitch to. I'm looking for anyone to climb with, and would love to learn from any more experienced climbers. If I could afford the guides down their I would be all over spending time on the rock with them, unfortunately I was in need of a new rope. As of Easter I have open availability, so give me a shout! I would feel comfortable leading up to 5.4 or so at Seneca, but would love to follow on some of the classic 7's. Would love to do gunsight and greenwall. I have a small rack to contribute, and a positive attitude. Eric.


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By Derrick W
From Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 25, 2013

Check out the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). They have a google group and you shouldn't have trouble finding partners there.


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By Eric Fernandez
From Dixon, CA
Mar 26, 2013

Thanks Derrick.


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By The Stoned Master
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From Pennsylvania
Mar 26, 2013
Day Lily.

Don't be discouraged by no one answering. I was there last weekend and go all the time throughout the year. I LOVE Seneca. It is so much fun and a great place to get accustom to exposure, trad leading, alpinesque multi-pitch, etc. If you arrive (weekends only for now) go to the general stores or the Gendarme (climb store) or hang in the closest parking lot (to the formation). You're bound to find a party/person to climb with. If I'm there and we run into eachother you're more than welcome to join us. Somehow, some way we`ll make it work. Good luck!

P.s. if you can't find a partner in a reasonable time then solo: old mans, old ladies, worrells, pine tree taverse or gunsight to north peak, all 5.2 and below. All worth it especially for working on your "lead head".


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By Logan Schiff
From NY, NY
Mar 27, 2013

Good luck finding partners! Sounds like you have a very good attitude. If I lived closer I'd happily climb with you. I have only been to Seneca once, but it seemed full of great easy and moderate routes.

I believe the regular Gunsight route is only 5.4 and should be doable for you pretty soon if not now. Gunsight Direct was amazing, and only 5.5, but I'd wait awhile before you attempt it on lead, given the exposure and some of the gear. If I were you I might actually save it for the onsight lead when you are feeling more solid leading - hard to beat.

Getting on the classic 7s at Seneca is a must, but don't hesitate to lead a lot of the easy routes Stoned Master mentions (not so sure about soloing). Will definitely improve your lead head and gear placement skills.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Mar 27, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

The Stoned Master wrote:
if you can't find a partner in a reasonable time then solo: old mans, old ladies, worrells, pine tree taverse or gunsight to north peak, all 5.2 and below.


Perhaps. But, if your "lead head" is where you're lacking, then soloing these routes, although easy, may not be a great idea. Old Ladies has one move off the first belay to gain the traverse that is somewhat tenuous. The first time I went up Old Man's, a baseball sized chunk came barrelling out of the TJ corridor and glanced off the top of my helmet while I was getting ready to top out the last pitch. Not saying it's not possible, I've seen people solo laps around the western chunk of Seneca. I'm just saying it might not be the best advice for someone that has been climbing a year and a half and has limited experience in a crumbly, multipitch environment- which Seneca most certainly is.


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