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Weissner's Dike - Multi Pitch Summer Rock Climb

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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 with 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 …

Whitney Gilman Ridge 2015 – Multi Pitch Rock Climb

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Whitney Gilman Ridge - check!
Whitney-Gilman Ridge (5.7) 5 pitches, 600 feet Trad, Alpine, Grade II
Cannon Cliff Franconia Notch, NH

Whitney Gilman Revenge! This was our mantra for the most popular alpine rock climb in New England! Last May we attempted WGR but had to bail after 2 pitches due to getting a late start. Today it was busy, we were the 5th group (out of 7) in line, and it was like golf...just keep up with the group in front of you! I’m not gonna give a pitch description since you can already find that info online and in guidebooks. So I’m just gonna post our photos….yes, we’re happy and smiling in all our photos. We have good reason to - Whitney G, check! :)
Go up this way from the paved bike path



Up through the talus field with the prominent ridge of Whitney Gilman in sight!
















Lakeview - Multi-pitch Rock Climb

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Lakeview (5.6) 1,020 feet, 8 pitches Trad, Alpine, Grade III
Cannon Cliff Franconia Notch, 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 yellin…

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 backpack strap just above my heart).…