Seneca Rocks Chapter

Seneca Rocks is, and has been for decades, of one of the classic trad areas of the east coast.  Steep,exposed routes of all grades make Seneca exciting for climbers of all levels of experience. Seneca can appear as a microcosm of the alpine world. This, plus it’s great rock and history appeal to AAC members on many levels.

Meet Your Section Co-Chairs:

Diane Kearns

Diane Kearns

Diane Kearns has been climbing since 1989 and been a member of the AAC since 1996. Diane was the first American woman to cross Greenland’s icecap in 1999 and she and her husband Arthur made the first ascent of the Mohawk in the Schweizerland area of the east coast of Greenland in 2001.  Diane has summited Rainier, Elbrus, Gunnsbjornfeld , Dome and Cone, the three highest peaks in Greenland.  She has also made attempts on Denali, Ama Dablam, Baruntse, Illimani, Mt Forel, and Rytterknaegen and climbed in the Alps, the Adamants and the Pickett range. Diane is a co-owner of the Seneca Rocks Climbing School and the Gendarme at Seneca Rocks W.V.




Tom Cecil is proud to be joining the AAC as co-chair of the new Seneca Rocks AAC Chapter. Seneca Rocks has always had a unique place in the history of climbing. 2016 is Tom’s 42nd year climbing and 30th year running Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides and guiding at Seneca Rocks. Tom’s original obsession with climbing quickly became a passion for teaching. Over the past decade Tom has kept busy guiding full-time at Seneca Rocks, working as a board member of the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, working with John Long on his Anchoring manuals, supporting the to rebolt southern Thailand, to developing a new course for improvisational mountain rescue, the ‘Rock Responder’. Look for Tom’s new book on making the transition from indoor climbing to trad climbing coming out this fall!