Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weissner's Dike - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb




Weissner's Dike (5.6)
Trad, Alpine, 6 Pitches, 650 feet Grade II
Cannon Cliff, Cannon Mtn.
Franconia Notch, NH

This route is 6 pitches but we climbed the second pitch in two pitches because it was super windy. There was a group of 3 on Consolation Prize, props to the lead climber who climbed the runout slabs in this wind. Kept an eye out on the weather but it never turned bad all day. Cold in the morning with lots of wind on the lower pitches. But it was calm at the last top pitches.

I really love that first pitch. The "Dike" is super fun. There's a stuck grey cam on this pitch, of course we used it! 

Lots of loose rock along our second, third and fourth pitches, but no rockfall during today's climb.

Last pitch - Graded as  a 5.6 - this must be for tall climbers. Sean had no problems getting up this flake. But for short, old folks like me, this is a lot harder than a 5.6...ain't gonna lie! 3 years ago, when we climbed Lakeview, I barely got up it. Today, given the long day, I aid climbed it. Yes, it can be aid climbed. Once at the top of the flake, Sean set an Alien with a 3 foot sling and draped the sling over the flake. Once at the flake, I hooked a locking biner to the end of the sling. Then connected a 6 foot sling and put two knots in it for my steps! This makeshift aider was enough to get me up and over that flake. Next time I climb up this pitch, I will definitely bring my Black Diamond Alpine Aider to try out.

Fantastic leading by Sean - excellent pro all the way to the top!


Enjoy a few photos of our day in Franconia Notch, NH!