It is the middle of the summer rock season and Cannon is in prime condition. Last week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days up there. The plan is always flexible and it needs to be this way – as routes can be seeping water, other parties are there and weather can change the plan. Our plans were for the VMC but upon arrival the main wall was soaked from the previous days thunderstorms. We opted for two pitches of Union Jack, then Reppy’s to get our day started. By mid day the main wall started to dry and Tom and I were excited for the Lab Wall. We were able to fire 5 pitches. By then it was time to descend. This was the right choice as when we hit the ground the skies opened up in a deluge. Happy to be on the ground we hike out slowly. The change of plans worked out and we had a pretty good sampling of Cannons finer pitches.

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Union Jack – Vertigo start.

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Tom working the tight finger crack on Union Jack.

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Selfie high on Lab Wall.

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Tom on the steep headwall pitch of the Lab Wall.

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Traverses protected by old bolts are quite exciting for both the leader and follower.

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Waterfalls came down the face quickly.

Terry and I have been a bit fixed on the Rumney scene and we both needed a break from the schist. Moby is a long and fun climb and we had not been on this together in some time. Bright sunshine and a warm breeze it was a perfect day for us to be up high on Cannon. The route was completely dry even up into Kurt’s Corner. It was awesome to move fast and light  - on a Monday morning.

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Terry getting her day going on the lower pitches of Moby Grape.

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Triangle roof pitch – jamming through the crux.

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Topping out on Kurt’s corner.

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Cannon – there are a few more weeks – maybe two months to get out on a dry ice free Cannon. Join me for a tour of this amazing alpine rock playground.

Art Mooney

 

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For outdoor families finding new adventures is a continuous project. For the Case family, rock climbing was next on the list. The team of five came to Rumney in hopes of discovering  some great new adventure.

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The camera’s were ready and the GoPro’s rolling, documenting the adventures for future proof.

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Mom, Dad, and the three boys all got in on the action. Taking photos, climbing tall cliffs, and even learning to rappel. Not bad for a families first day climbing outside.

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This face says it all. Rock climbing is a great adventure for any family.

Thank you to the Case family for a great day at Rumney Rocks!

Alex Teixeira