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Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides

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Mike P wrote a review Feb 2020
Morgantown, West Virginia2 contributions
I have known the owner of this Seneca Rocks, WV based rock climbing guiding company (Tom Cecil) for 15 years now and everything Tom and his highly proficient and skilled guides do is top notch. Well on this particular adventure I was taking my annual winter climbing pilgrimage to Joshua Tree, CA and it just so happens Tom and his guides were setting up shop out there for the winter months. Without hesitation I contacted Tom and gave him my dates of wanting to climb while I was on my southern CA leg of my climbing trip and he got it all squared away. I climbed with Tori in Joshua Tree for 2 full days before I set my wheels north towards the eastern Sierra’s. I’ve known Tori for about 4 years now and have climbed with her at Seneca several times in the past including the 2019 season. The stoke and excitement level Tori brings to the rock is immeasurable. The positive and fun outlook she has in her profession of guiding is borderline addicting. I brought a list of “bucket list” routes I wanted to get on while in JTree and we hit all of them. Tori gave me a catch on every single route instilling confidence on my gear placements and movement over the rock. We went over refreshers such as rescue scenarios and different anchor systems in between climbing routes As an AMGA certified guide myself at one time, I may be a bit biased but I would highly encourage you to seek qualified instruction and guiding through Seneca Rock Mountain guides anywhere they may be working! Get out and climb! Things are cooler looking from higher up! Mike P.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Skippyville wrote a review Apr 2019
Upper Arlington, Ohio10 contributions6 helpful votes
Though I'm no spring chicken and a new climber (less than one year), I've gotten in a lot of climbing and mountaineering in the past year, including trips to Eldo in Boulder, Mt. Lemmon in AZ, Red Rock in NV, and various peaks in the UK (including Ben Nevis in Scotland), CO, and WY. Thus, I've gotten in a lot of experience with guides and guiding services. My experience with SRMG, Tom, and my guide Kevin were extremely positive. Tom was very friendly and responsive to my emails. My guide Kevin was very careful, patient, and positive. I also met another guide, I think her name is Tori, who was very nice -- I even saw her when she was high up on another pinnacle with her clients. I actually wasn't feeling that well on the day we climbed, but we made it up ecstasy jr. and then old ladies' route to the south peak summit pretty efficiently. The little summit is just a grand place. Kevin loves what he does, and it shows. As for Seneca Rocks, it really is a unique place. The old ladies' route is not that technically challenging (though I do think Seneca Rocks' YDS ratings are quite stout -- I'd add .1 to .2 to most routes), but it is really very interesting and thrilling. I conclude with the best compliment of all, I am sure to come back and use SRMG again!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Samantha B wrote a review Nov 2018
4 contributions3 helpful votes
Took Trad Fundamentals- The instructor knew the perfect pace for me, made me feel super comfortable and confident, and was really fun to climb with. Learned so much in one day!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Nicholas R wrote a review May 2018
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Just spent Memorial Day weekend 2018 at Seneca Rocks with my two boys (ages 12 and 14) taking the SRMG “Introduction to Trad Climbing Course.” Prior to this trip we had some climbing experience (gym climbing and clipping bolts at our local crag) but limited trad climbing experience. Our guide/teacher was Tori and she was outstanding: strong climber, obviously very experienced, super safe, lots of fun and an excellent teacher. Even though the forecast called for 3 days of rain, Tori’s ability to read the local weather allowed us to get up and down at least one multi pitch climb every day in between the occasional brief showers. After lunch one day when the rock was too wet to climb we spent 3 hours doing a ground class where she did a great overview of trad gear placement and anchor building. The owner, Tom Cecil, was a great guy and went out of his way to make us feel extremely welcome. We tent camped in the “Base Camp” on his property. This is a small but cool bunch of tent sites that are separated from the road and parking area by a fence. Adjacent and below these tent sites is the river. Although you do hear intermittent road noise, the majority of the sound at night was actually from the running water which was quite pleasant. The bathroom is nearby and nice enough. One of the coolest parts of the experience (besides the amazing climbing) was hanging out on the deck after a day of climbing with Tom, the guides, other clients, and the occasional local and having a beer and talking climbing. Tom has an onsite indoor facility where he took the time to go in depth one evening on some of the finer points of placing hexes with us. When you talk to Tom about climbing it is clear that he truly is a world class expert. We planned on cooking all our meals and there is a nice covered outdoor kitchen with a big glass industrial fridge where you can store perishables, but the reality is the pizza and other deli food from the general store and restaurant across the street was too tempting at the end of a long day. Next time we come, we will still pack some food for the day while climbing but will keep most of the groceries at home. We will definitely go back. When there, don’t forget to inquire with Tom about his drone photography services. He took some great shots of us on the summit.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Sean S wrote a review May 2018
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Just spent 2 incredible days with the SRMG crew. At first I was apprehsive about hiring a guide but all fears were put to rest after speaking with Tom. Highly responsive and thorough. I knew exactly what to bring and what to expet. Steven, our guide, was great. Super experienced and knowlegable. Safety first all the way. Highly recommended at any skill level. They cater the day to you and what you want to learn and climb. Saturday night after the climb Kelly, another guide, played music in the back area of SRMG. Great end to a long day on the rocks. Day 2 we decided to send the south summit on our own and Tom was kind enough to lend us a rope for the day to aid in our decent. Met some great people and had a most excellent time. If you’re looking for a guide for the day, a class, or just want to hear some great stories and hang with friendly people, I implore you to stop by their place. You will not regret it. I will be back.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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