Friends of Seneca (FOS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of rock climbing access and the climbing community of Seneca Rocks, WV.
Started in the mid-1990s to support the enormous project to create the Stairmaster Trail on Seneca’s Southwest End, FOS has continued to work to improve, maintain, and construct the climbing access trails in and around the crag. We closely coordinate our efforts with the local office of the Monongahela National Forest and ensure the work we do meets USFS standards.
We typically hold two main trail work weekends each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. Our work covers a wide range of projects and there is always something we can use help with from anyone that wants to volunteer. Many projects involve clearing/pruning of brush, gathering small stone/gravel/dirt in buckets, and light grading of trails. That said, a lot of our projects do involve lifting of heavy stone and large rock, digging and excavating, and closely coordinating these efforts across the work team. There is always something for everyone to do. Every work day is a unique and rewarding experience.
Our leadership consists of three volunteer officers:
Diane Kearns – President
Andy Weinmann – Vice President
Regina E Schulte-Ladbeck – Treasurer
We partner primarily with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club’s Mountaineering Section (PATC-MS), Mid-Atlantic Climbers (MAC), and the Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh (ECP) to help coordinate and organize our efforts. We are also supported by the Access Fund (AF) and the American Alpine Club (AAC).