On Monday, I was finally able to get back to Seneca and climb again. Josh visited (up from Roanoke), and we were able to snag a nice day (by “nice” I mean “not raining”). You can read Josh’s sermons each week at his blog!
We climbed six pitches for about a 600 foot elevation gain. We went up Skyline Traverse, followed by Old Ladies Route. The day was a huge confidence booster for me, as it was the first time I’ve climbed a multi-pitch at Seneca a) by myself (as in, without my dad), and b) where I’ve done all the leading. When we did the same routes with my sister Mary, I had dad led the second pitch of Skyline as I was a bit intimidated by the first step. On Monday, I took a deep breath and was able to muscle through it.
Josh did great! We both agree that the first step of the second pitch of Skyline wakes you up! We did discover that we need to work on the rope management/rappel efficiency side of things. I think keeping the rope straight and untangled during the rappel was honestly the hardest part of the day.
Here are some photos of the day. We’re also hoping to produce a bit of a video at some point…