Cannon Mountain the alpine playground with classic guided rock climbs of the Whitney Gilman Ridge, Moby Grape, Vertigo and many more.
Ken joined up with me this week for a rock climb of a classic NH climb called the Whitney Gilman Ridge. First ascended in 1929 this route was at that time one of or the hardest rock climb in the country. Today the Whitney Gilman has come down in the difficulty ranks but still remains a sought after and very popular alpine rock climb in the NH area.
The 600ft ridge is a very exposed route as it winds its way back and forth following the climbing line of least resistance. The climbing is varied and can be exposed increasing the excitement as one climbs higher. The views are spectacular and command ones attention to the south into the Pemigewasett Valley and to the east on the Lafayette Range.
The Whitney Gilman is the knife edge ridge jutting out from the main wall.
Ken on the top psyched about our ascent of this fine route. Kens training has begun as he preps for rainier this summer.
Occasionally during our breaks from the rock climbing we looked across the valley to NH’s Mt Lafayette and the mile long ridge between Lafayette and little Haystack. Both Ken and I agreed this peak and ridge would be a great train up for Mt Rainier the big mountain to come this summer.
On Saturday I got the ball rolling for Ken and I. Up at the crack of dawn I headed for a solo run of the Mt Lafayette and the connecting ridge over to Little Haystack. I took a risk and packed very minimalist pack with 1 bar, small drink, lightweight shell, and the I phone for a few photos and communication on my progress.
My goal was to break the 3 hour mark but I really did not have a clue on what my final time would be. On the summit in 1:14 I knew I had a sub 3 hour chance butwith legs on the wobbly side and knew I needed to fueled up. A half a bar and water put me back on track.
What lay ahead was time 1.5 mile long ridge – it was the prize for a mountain runner.
Cannon off in the distance viewed from the other side of the road. I arrived back at the car sub 3 hours and in good shape. With 9+ mile of rugged footwork behind I was so psyched that I completed this tough yet very rewarding mountain adventure.
The summer season is here – get in touch for a guided alpine rock climb or a mountain ridge run with Art.
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