Tuesday was the day to be out on Cannon. It was a locals day for sure with multiple parties on the Black Dike and Fafnir, a team on the Mean Streak and another on Omega. I have climbed at Cannon since 1980 and I have never seen this much action on a winter day.
Jerry came over to Plymouth Monday night as I figured we would need an early start to be ahead of other parties – just had a feeling. We met at 5:30 am and motored up to Franconia Notch. Yes we were the first in the lot and now I could relax a bit. We readied our gear and put headlamps on to see our way to the base of the Black Dike.
The route is currently in fantastic condition. Each pitch has a complete runnel of ice on it. Protection is good with plenty of screws and rock gear on the thinnest sections. We climbed the route quickly – the cold and parties on our tail kept us moving. Our top out was before noon making our climb a 5.5 hour ascent.
We took a casual pace on the descent, taking about the route and the season to come.
Thanks to Jerry for a great day on Cannon. Art Mooney