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Seneca Rocks Chilli Cookoff Weekend

Campground: We’ll be camping at Yokum’s Stables, which is owned by the same folks that run Yokum’s General Store at the center of Seneca Rocks. If you arrive after the store is closed, you can just pay the next morning. Camping costs approximately $6 per person per night. The campsite has both showers and bathrooms though the use of these facilities carries a high risk of infection by blood-borne and water-borne pathogens. Hence, shower shoes and bringing your own drinking water are highly recommended.

Campsite: The plan is grab a site at the north end of the campground and mark it with a meetup sign.  Approximate GPS coordinates for the northern end of Yokum's Stables:[masked],-79.374794. GPS coordinates for entrance to Yokum's Stables:[masked], -79.37440.

Transportation: Each person is responsible for arranging their own transportation. If you are able to offer seats in your vehicle, or can offer a ride to others, please post your availability/requests in your RSVP. You can hitch-hike if you like, but you may end up in a Deliverance-type situation.

Directions: You'll basically loose cell phone service as soon as you enter the state of West Virginia, so bring a map and be sure of your route. Here are the basic directions: Take I-66 West to I-81 South. Take exit 296 for VA-55 West towards Strasburg. VA-55 turns into WV-55. At Moorefield, you need to exit the nice new superhighway to stay on WV-55. Just follow signs for Seneca Rocks. Don't take the East Moorefield exit. When you get close to Seneca, use the GPS coordinates to find the turn-off. It'll be on the left just past the water treatment plant that's on the right.

Camping Gear: Bring your own tent or ask if you need to borrow/share one.  You should also bring a sleeping pad or air mattress; chair; and camp table if you have one. Bring a headlamp (or two); lots of warm clothing, a hat, and gloves (it gets cold at night in West Virginia); a trash bag or two; and some paper towels and purell. If you have walkie talkies, bring them. They're very handy when climbing, and if you haven't been to Seneca or the Yokum's Stables campsite before, you can try to get us on the radio.

Climbing Gear: Seneca is a mix of trad, top roping and sport climbing, but the overwhelming majority of the climbs are trad. Please bring all of your standard climbing gear, and don’t forget your helmet. Seneca is notorious for its rock fall and dropped gear. The failure to wear a helmet could end your trip or your life.

Food & Drink: If you don't want to cook at the campsite, you can get pretty good & cheap breakfast sandwiches (and deli sandwiches for lunch) at the MaxiMart gas station a 5-minute drive south from Seneca Rocks on Route 28. You can get good pizza & beer at the Front Porch Restaurant, and Yokum's General Store, Harper's General Store, and the MaxiMart all sell food. But if you have any special dietary restrictions, you should definitely bring your own food. Firewood is sold by random dudes in pickup trucks driving around the campground, but they do not accept American Express

 It's your responsibility to come with proper gear and climbing partners who can lead and follow .

 

Carpool/Climbing Partner Chart.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pAdioR3ACFpwYig_Ko2BkgEy8VeckbEAeJK2lgSugGc/edit?usp=sharing&authkey=CInou4oD

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  • Dennis H.

    Great weekend

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be leaving Friday around noon. I have room for one with gear. Call[masked] if you want to carpool.
    Dan

    October 17, 2013

  • Gabi J.

    Sorry I have to work this weekend

    October 15, 2013

  • Michael c.

    Is anyone interested in doing a backpacking trip on the greenbrier river trail down into Seneca for this cookoff? Maybe leave weds? If so shoot me a text at[masked]

    October 14, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Anyone interested , I doing a rock rescue course with Seneca rocks mountain guides on friday the 18th , contact me if interested

    October 11, 2013

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