This past weekend Jerry and I were looking for a new route so we set our sight on a rock climb called Down East – Cannon Cliff NH. It was a busy summer weekend so we opted for an out of the way, seldom visited climb known for the magnificent crux slab pitch up high on the wall. Down East is much more than a slab climb, the route is quite varied. As we climbed we encountered a technical face section, cracks from fingers to hands and even two feisty off width sections.
Down East – Cannon Cliff NH is the large white section on right side of photo.
Down East – Cannon Cliff NH a magnificent slab high on the wall.
Jerry enters the first wide section on the climb. This crack is to big for hands so lay backs turned into arm bars led the way.
Jerry working the tight finger crack on pitch 4 Down East – Cannon Cliff NH.
The view of the slab pitch. On this pitch one climbs the grass filled finger crack to 3/4 height then traverses left for 30 feet gaining a wide crack which leads to a spacious grassy ledge.
Jerry in the middle of the delicate traverse. Thoughtful and steady movement is required to advance on this type of stone. With tiny foot holds and no real hand holds its time for Jerry get his slab technique on!!!
Jerry and I are pictured on the top of Raven Crack. We have been climbing together on Cannon for years. It’s such a special place and climbing here on a mid summer day is alpine perfection. We always enjoy Cannon, whether we repeat routes or climb new ones it’s a fantastic place.
It’s the prime season for climbs on Cannon contact Art at Mooney Mountain Guides.