Article by Mike Paukner
Ever since the first time I saw a photo of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, I knew I had to climb there. The massive knife-edge wall juts out of the Monongahela National Forest treeline like the spiny ridges of a Stegosaurus. How can something so large, yet thin, even be standing? I had to experience it for myself.
My climbing partner and I began to do some serious research in January 2018. Thankfully Mountain Project had me covered. “Stiff, old-school ratings”, “hard route-finding”, and “scary” were commonplace in describing Seneca. Being primarily multi-pitch trad climbing, this can be intimidating for many climbers. But I knew we were up to the challenge.
I reached out to some friends who had experience climbing there. Each of them couldn’t recommend it more than the last. According to them, it was a trad climber’s dream. Bullet-hard Tuscarora quartzite littered with splitter cracks, rounded slopers and jugs, chimneys, slabs, overhangs; this place had it all.
And boy did it deliver.