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Whitney-Gilman Ridge – Multi-Pitch Rock Climb

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Whitney-Gilman Ridge (5.7) Cannon Cliff Franconia Notch, NH “Is that a porcupine in the tree”? Sean’s son Tom asked. Tom spotted it in the tree just a few feet from the ascent trail. Originally we were going to do a multi-pitch climb up the Lakeview Route, but it was wet. So we decided on Whitney-Gilman Ridge route. The route is along an arête and from the parking lot, we could see that it was already in the sun. The choice would be a good one and we thought we would have enough day light to complete the route. But when we realized it was a black bear instead of a porcupine in the tree, we had no choice but to give it as much ‘wide berth’ as we could, putting us way past the Whitney-Gilman ascent trail! Of course I wanted to get a photo of the bear in the tree, but when Sean said that it was coming down, the three of us slowly backed up the bike path. We froze when the animal let out a verbal warning. I reached for my bear spray (I keep it clipped to my bac

Artist's Bluff - Rock Climbing

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Headed out to Echo Crag in the Franconia Notch this morning for some rock climbing! The sun was out   but Echo Crag was an ice block so we drove across the street to Artist's Bluff. We parked in the parking lot of the Echo Lake State Park and hiked the 10 minutes to the base of the cliff. Artist's Bluff was just the opposite of Echo Crag. It was sunny, windless and mild. The rock faced the sun and was not icy or wet at all. Personally, I didn't think it was too cold at all. Ropes were led on the Standard Route as well as the Right Side Route. We eventually had 3 ropes set up on the Standard Routes for top roping. After climbing, Sally and I headed to the top of Artist's Bluff. The Little Monalisa cliff was packed with a group of climbers and there were many hikers making their way from the top of Artist's Bluff as well. This is a very easy hike to the top and with excellent views and once at the summit (2,320ft), I

Cannon Mountain - 1st Solo Hike

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Cannon Mountain (4,100ft) Trails: Lonesome Lake & Kinsman Ridge Trails Elevation Gain: 2,400ft Distance: 6.2 miles roundtrip Duration: 5 hrs My 4000+ Peaks #6 Listed 4000+: #36 Difficulty:  Moderate Today I solo hiked Cannon Mountain. It's my very first solo hike and a gift to myself in celebration of my 52nd birthday tomorrow! Originally I was supposed to hike to Hedgehog Mountain with a meetup group but I had transportation issues and was not going to be able to meet them at the trailhead in time. So instead, I hiked Cannon Mountain in the later morning. I packed my backpack with my usual maps, compass, survival and first aid kits. As well as with my raingear and clothing to keep me warm. Filled my Camelbak full with ice and water and doubled my food supply. Since I was hiking alone, I packed in anticipation of spending the night. I left my itinerary and emergency instructions with my family. And I posted to my Facebook wall where I planned to hike with the promise to &