Absolute Alpine on Cannon Cliff NH!!!
Cannon Cliff has been on my favorite climbing area list for over 30 years. It an easy trip for me just a quick 45 minutes up the highway and I am in the lot packing for the day. What makes this area tick for me? The pleasure comes from the wild mountainous feel, the wide open skies, the granite rock. The fine selection of crack climbs and being high up in the mountains can not be beat – its absolute alpine!!!
There is another side to Cannon that’s full of excitement and fear. Tons of fresh rock is littering the base areas. The trails to Whitney Gilman, Duet, Moby Grape have all been decimated by rock fall. All of the climbs have sections of fractured loose rock that one must delicately climb through or around. Cannon is known by the locals as a heads up area. Cannon must be highly respected and treated with utmost care.
The Whitney Gilman Ridge is the ultra classic climb on Cannon. Rated at 5.7 this intermediate level climb can pack a punch. For 600 feet the route winds its way along the spine keeping true to the edge. Exciting moves with thrilling exposure are encountered on many of the routes pitches.
Jerry and I met up for a couple of days on Cannon. It was a grey morning with plenty of seeping water on the main face so we opted for the Whitney Gilman Ridge. The exposed ridge drys off much quicker than any other route so this would be our day. Jerry and I swapped the leads on the entire route. The skies cleared up and we ended with a fantastic experience for both of us!!!
Gribbin the National Marketing Director of Mammut North America above. We met up on Cannon to connect with the rope and chat on the business front with the added pleasure of climbing together.
Union Jack has a striking clean cut lieback crack on the first pitch. Being such a beauty and rated at 5.9 we roped up for the send of this fine pitch.
Just to the left of this crack the area was pounded by rock fall last September!!! The activity appears to continue to a lesser degree. Grib and I made a very quick ascent of the first pitch, rappelled off and moved along to a quieter section of the cliff.
Grib and I knocked off a bunch of the base area routes. Here is a fine shot taken by Grib of the Slow and Easy pitch. The question arises should I climb on the left side or right side. My preference is what you see, walking up the left side, balancing along and peeking in to place the gear.
Slow and Easy with Raven Crack above.
Jerry is above the Slow and Easy pitch climbing through the crux of Raven Crack. Raven is a seldom climbed three pitch route on the Duet Buttress. Steep and powerful liebacks start one on their journey skyward. The third pitch is a must, exciting climbing is on exposed and varied cracks splitting front of the sheer wall.
The talus field is the terrain one must cover to gain access to the wall. It is a steep approach up through the large boulders void of any main trail to follow. A light is right mindset helps one tip toe through the maze!!!
Laurie and terry joined me for a Whitney Gilman climb this week. Here they are dwafted by the boulders on the talus field.
Our happy team on Cannon. Today was Laurie’s first tour of Cannon.
Laurie has been training up for this climb. Overcoming her fear of heights and exposure she was able to focus the mind and body on the movement and then the enjoyment followed. Climbing high on the exposed ridge in the alpine arena of Cannon Cliff.
Cannon Mountain and Cliff in Franconia Notch NH.
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