New Follower Weekend 2021

  • Saturday, July 17, 2021
  • 7:00 AM
  • Sunday, July 18, 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Seneca Rocks, WV
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  • This is for a WAITLIST only spot. If someone drops, people will be pulled from the waitlist in the order they registered and contacted directly.

Registration is closed


Are you looking to take your climbing experience to the next level and learn to follow multi-pitch trad climbing?  If so, then this is the weekend for you.  New Follower Weekend (NFW) takes place at Seneca Rocks, WV and consists of experienced trad climbing club members taking up one or two followers who are new to trad climbing.  Participants should have experience top-roping outside and know how to tie-in, belay, rappel, and be familiar with basic commands.  You can gain these skills by climbing at our Carderock Wednesdays or linking up with Club members on the weekend at the local crags (check out the Listserve to see who is climbing where!).

PLEASE NOTE: You must have been a PATC-MS member in good standing for at least 6 months to participate. You may not participate if you have done this event before. Once you register, please fill out the skill eval form.  A link will be sent to you in the confirmation email that you'll receive after PLEASE read that email!!!

On this weekend you will learn about the steps involved in a multi-pitch climb and how to safely descend at the end of the day.  This is a great way to be introduced to the art of the multi-pitch trad climb.  After this weekend we strongly encourage you to link-up with a professional guide service (such as Seneca Rock Climbing School or Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides) to further fine tune your trad climbing career.

Participants can expect to learn about the following:

-Choosing the route and route planning

-Lead belaying (on the ground and on ledges/stances)

-Anchoring into and understanding a multi-directional anchor

-Rope management

-Rock protection (passive, active, fixed)

-Protection removal

-Efficiently transitioning from following to belaying


We ask that you please only register for this event if you are inexperienced with following trad climbing and have not previously participated in this event (sport climbers welcome, even if you climb hard sport!).  Again, you should have experience top-roping.  Once you register you will be directed to complete a survey of your skills. We would also like to assess your climbing and rappeling ability. You needn't crush the stiff grades. (As a matter of fact, no one will be crushing stiff climbs on this weekend.) This will help us place you with the right leader and will give your leader an idea of your skills.  Finally, we strongly encourage you to meet with your leader and climb together at least once on top rope before the Seneca weekend.

Participants will be responsible for the following items:

-Appropriate clothing for the weather

-Rain jacket

- All meals for the 2 days AND enough water for climbing-it gets hot, you MUST stay hydrated!

-Harness, shoes, helmet, chalk bag

-Belay device and locking carabiner

-2 prussiks with locking carabiners

-Nut tool (can rent from club if needed)


-Camping equipment-tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.

We will have a group campsite reserved for the weekend and we will coordinate carpooling as we get closer.  

This year's leaders are:

Rick Dotson

Corey Hilz

Lindsay Rorbaugh

Andy Weinman

Peter Jensen

Bill Kessinger

Please contact Carol Clayton at with questions.

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