The Whitney Gilman Ridge – a New Hampshire Classic rock climb for sure. This route receives many ascents over each season, at times there can be 4 to 5 parties on the route. One would think the rock is solid and sound but I find that the ridge is a heads up experience that requires precise movements and route finding up the stone. There are many areas that the climber must tip toe there way through the section to avoid creating rockfall on themselves and others below. Cannon is know for this adventure type of climbing and it is one reason many climbers have high respect for the area.
This was my second time on the route this week and each time I climb the ridge it is a truly amazing and fun experience. Over the years I may very well have logged 75+ ascents. It is through knowing the route this well that allows me to be able to guide guests with confidence up this wild and exposed terrain.
Mike and I met early this morning in Plymouth. Right of the bat he gave me a large package of the homemade cookies his wife Amy had baked for me. This day was shaping up nicely, the good treats and fun times began right away. We drove up 93 to the notch. The 1000 ft talus approach was a full warm up for our bodies, we arrived at the base at 730am and had the route to ourselves. I prefer to climb the ridge in 6 pitches, with each pitch ending on a comfortable ledge. This gives us good communication while climbing and good spots to recover and refuel. The technical part of the route usually take s 4 to 5 hours and today we arrived on the ridge top at 12:30. Mike enjoyed a great climb, full of exposure and three challenging cruxes.
First views of the wall.
Our delicious homemade power cookies – Thank you Amy
Whitney Gilman – Cannon Mountain NH
On the talus approach – a good pre climb full body warm up.
Videos, cameras, phones – lets log this event.
Wide cracks right on the deck – ready, set, go.
The Twin, a favorite rope system – The Mammut Twilight’s in action.
Guide Tennies doing the work, keeping me lighter and comfortable with excellent performance.
Mike managing the ropes.
Climbing on the spine of the ridge.
The exposed north wall – looking into the chasm.
Pitch number six – on top of the world.
Bring hoodies and bug spray – there were a few around.
Mike – Great to see you thanks so much.