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aacaligiuri


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Better top roping, Seneca or New River?
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My friends and I are planning a trip down to WV next week and are trying to decide between Seneca Rocks and New River Gorge. We have only been climbing for a few months and are looking for some areas with access to top roping climbs, preferably in the 5.7-5.10 range. Anyone know of some good areas?


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I've not been to either, but I'm guessing the New would be better than Seneca. Seneca tends towards old-school trad, so almost all gear-climbing, unlikely to be anchors set up, and tends towards multi-pitch.

The New is a sport destination, mostly single-pitch. I don't know the gorge, but there may be some walls where top-access is doable for setting TRs, and at least there are likely to be anchors there. But, it isn't known for climbing under the mid-5.10 range.


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Plenty of trad climbing at the New

Hire a guide or find a rope gun.


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aacaligiuri wrote:
My friends and I are planning a trip down to WV next week and are trying to decide between Seneca Rocks and New River Gorge. We have only been climbing for a few months and are looking for some areas with access to top roping climbs, preferably in the 5.7-5.10 range. Anyone know of some good areas?

Seneca Rocks is NOT a top roping crag. Most routes are multipitch and jamming up the first pitch of a three pitch route is bad form. There are lots of quality climbs in the 5.7 and under range though. All trad.

Top roping is easier at the New but you will often times have to lead a route to access nearby route anchors. Climbing, both sport and trad, pretty much starts at 5.9 at the New. There are easier options but you will have to seek them out.

I would go to the New and check out Bubba City, Junk Yard and The Bridge Buttress. And be super careful on the cliff tops. Theres lots of leaves, moss and dirt up there and it can be surprisingly unstable in spots.


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It is definitely possible to Top-Rope at Seneca ( N. Peak and Lower Slabs), but you will probably have a much better time at the New. Junkyard Wall and the Bridge Buttress jump out at me, but I'm sure there are other areas.


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You can walk right from your car to the top of 100s of climbs at the New, such as at the Junkyard area. You can't do that at Seneca. Most popular routes at the New have stainless ring anchors; thanks to NRAC.


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When do you plan to go? I'm planning a trip on fall break from college (nov 22- nov 25).. maybe I could help you guys out. I recommend TR at the new.


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Oh... well PLAYED, Mr. Goodwin... VERY well played!


RickGoodwin


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lol I don't get it sir...


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Seneca is still a place to learn the ropes of leading on trad gear.


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