Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lakeview - Multi-pitch Rock Climb


Lakeview (5.6)
1,020 feet, 8 pitches
Trad, Alpine, Grade III
Cannon Cliffs
Franconia, NH

Getting back to Cannon. . . . . I love the exposure of this cliff!

A day with a long wait behind 3 climbing teams, bug bites, sunburn, a near miss of tire-sized rock fall from careless climbers above us, classic exposure, and fun pitches made for an epic Lakeview climb! Enjoy some photos of our otherwise, mellow climb.

At the base of Lakeview route

Sean leads the 1st pitch with "T" on his belay

At the belay station of pitch 2

Making my way up pitch 2

At the belay station of pitch 3

At the belay station just below the "Lunch Ledge"
We shared the space with 2 other climbing teams at belay station at the start of pitch 6. The team of 2 at the far left started up towards the Lunch Ledge while we waited from our turn and caused a rockfall. Just then another team of two (a guide and his student) made their way up to our belay station from the Consolation Prize route. The guide started yelling “ROCK!” I looked up and there were huge rocks coming down at us! Luckily we weren’t in the direct line but second of the team that was standing next to us at the belay station was! It just barely missed him as well as the guide coming up Consolation Prize! The team that caused the rockfall didn’t even bother to yell “Rock!” So uncool!

I dropped my brand new Petzl Reverso from this belay station just as I was taking Sean off belay! :(

Sean leading pitch 7

"T" working pitch 7
I told him how lucky he was to have his father take him climbing at Cannon Cliff! And that
10 years from now he'll look back at this day and say, "I was 13 years old when I first climbed Lakeview!"

My favorite pitch is the pitch 7! I loved that this pitch had fantastic holds and a crack climb. But I was really tired from being out in the sun all day and waiting for 3 teams ahead of us. It did affect my breathing and at the end of the pitch, my inhaler was much needed! My shoulders were definitely sunburned by now!

Just one more pitch to climb! (2)


Rigging where the Old Man of the Mountain used to be

Sean easily makes his way up the large flake of the last pitch.

At the top (4)
Sean belayed from the Old Man cables

The rigging from the final belay station

Me at the rigging

"T" and I standing on the remnants of the water trough. 
We followed this water trough down through a steep
area of woods, then along  the Lake to the parking lot. 

It was a long day out in the sun, I’ve got sunburn to show for it. And the experience of reaching the top of Lakeview where the Old Man once stood and the Franconia Notch views were amazing! And I also got to climb with folks I truly enjoy climbing with!

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