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Seneca Rocks Climbing School and The Gendarme climbing shop are the original outfitters and guide service at Seneca Rocks, one of the premier climbing areas in the Easern United States. Founded in 1971, both are still run by John Markwell who refers to his businesses as "good ideas that sort of got out of control."

The shop, The Gendarme, is one of the few shops in the nation dedicated to service climbers. Supplying mainly a complete line of quality hard goods, you'll find little in the way of fashion of fluff at The Gendarme. The staff here are all knowledgeable climbers who can advise customers about their pucrhases and answer questions about climbing and the local area.

Seneca Rocks Climbing School caters to old and new climbers alike. Offering a progressive series of instrunctional programs, Seneca Rocks Climbing School can get the beginner off to a good start or help the experienced climber work on specific tehniques or just climb some of Seneca's classic routes with a professional guide.

2000 marks the 29th season of operation for The Gendarme and Seneca Rocks Climbing School. Markwell would like to say, "Thanks to all my past and future customers who make being in this business such a pleasure. We wish you all safe and pleasant outings. Stop by and see us in downtown Seneca behind Harper's Store on 'Main Street'."



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