The Ridge from the bottom of the talus.
For almost any climber the striking arete’ that forms the Whitney-Gilman ridge begs to be climbed. The shear size of the feature is imposing. It can be easily see from the road and when walking along Lafayette Ridge, Cannon’s 5,000ft neighbor to the east. Needless to say, the climbing is just as fun and aww inspiring as it looks from the ground. Parallel cracks, perfect corners and exciting face climbing only add to the appeal.
(Left:) The excellent second pitch. (Right:) Mat, headed directly for the 5.9 exit moves on the final pitch.
Mat, came down from Montreal to climb the ridge. Together we made great time. Each pitch flowed smoothly into the next. The warm sun and cool breeze provided perfect rock climbing temperatures. It was truly a great day for Cannon.
What made this climb come full circle, was climbing it in October. Typically October brings cool temperatures, clear blue sky, and the amazing foliage. Watching the hills change from a sea of green to bright oranges, yellow’s and reds makes this experience even better. I’m not sure what it is about perfectly dry rock and collared leaves that makes climbing this route so fun, but I invite you to come and see for your self what the Whitney-Gilman ridge is like in October.
Thanks Mat for a great day on the ridge.
The view from the top of the main cliff
Were are all a little jealous of Jerry. He climbs a lot, and in many different locations world wide. So when he called to go out for a day of climbing, I wanted to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and take Jerry somewhere he had never been. Given Jerry’s love for crack climbing, Woodchuck seemed to fit the bill.
(Left): Jerry following splitter 5.8 (Right): Jerry taking laps on a stout 5.10a
Woodchuck ledge is mostly known for two classic Jimmy Dunn routes; “Screaming Yellow Zonkers”, and “Zonked Out”. Two superb, hard, old school crack climbs. However, there are many other quality and exciting climbs to be had in the 5.8 – 5.10 range. So our day went, from one amazing climb to the next, all while in the bright sun with breathtaking views.
Jerry to round out the day takes the lead in a perfect corner.
Thank you Jerry for a great day of adventure and good old rock climbing. I look forward to climbing together soon.