Dan and I met in Franconia Notch for a climbing day on the Whitney Gilman Ridge on Cannon Cliff.
We were pretty happy to find one car in the parking lot on Labor Day weekend. In fact, we were 2 of 6 climbers on Cannon the entire day!
We sorted gear, checked our packs and headed for the long talus approach to the base of the route.
The route is truly a gem of the northeast. With 600 to 700 feet of moderate alpine granite cracks, face, and slab climbing and incredible views and exposure over the Franconia Parkway.
Dan and I climbed the route in 5 pitches, enjoying the handcrack variation on pitch 3 of the route. The handcrack pitch has to be one of the most exciting pitches of the grade on the east coast. The climber must finish the pitch on overhanging rock with the chasm of the Black Dike several hundred feet below. Dan said the pitch trumps the classic High Exposure route in the Shawangunks.
By the end of the 3rd pitch, the wind was picking up, dark gray clouds rolled in across the top of Cannon Mountain and we decided it was best to keep hustling for the summit. With two pitches to go we felt the sprinkle of rain but heard no thunder.
We climbed carefully, transitioned quickly, and reached the summit just in time for the afternoon showers.
We high-fived on the summit, celebrating our adventure and good fortune in dodging the inclement weather.
Whitney Gilman Ridge NH.
Looking down the steep 5.8 variation.
MMG Guide Stephen on Cannon.
Wild exposure on the top pitch of the route.
Thank you Dan for a really great adventure .