Type: Trad, Alpine, 400 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III
FA: Paul Ross, Ben and Marion Wintringham, Micheal Hartrick, Al Rubin 1973
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Shared By: John Peterson on Aug 24, 2007
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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Just left of Vertigo is another excellent route.

Locate the left facing flake of P2 to determine the location of the route.

P1: (5.6) Up a crack and then left (100')

P2: (5.9) This is the crux - go delicately up and left, aiming for a finger crack / layback that ends in a bulge just below the belay ledge. Exciting! (100')

P3: (5.8) Find an excellent flake up and right from the belay - this leads up about 120' to an excellent ledge below an ominous looking cave / overhang.

Although the guidebook has more pitches (5.7 and then easier), we rapped at this point - the chimney above didn't look very inviting.

Not sure if you can rap on a single 60m rope - we needed 2 50s to get down.

Not as much good climbing as Vertigo but well worth doing.


About 15' left of Vertigo.


An extra finger sized cam or two might be nice.


lee hansche
goffstown, nh
lee hansche   goffstown, nh  
i would love to get a description for the rest of the route... Aug 25, 2007
John Peterson
John Peterson  
The guidebook says you go up the 5.7 bombay chimney at the back of the alcove then up a 5.6 crack to easier ground. Can't vouch for this since I haven't done it though. It appeared that the majority of climbers on the route bailed after P3. Aug 25, 2007
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Union Jack is definitely not as classic as Vertigo, but it's worth doing nonetheless. I thought it was a bit generic, compared to other Cannon climbs. Mar 24, 2009
Michael Goodhue
Michael Goodhue   Colorado
From the top of the 4th class after the third pitch, I climbed underneath the overhanging chimney. Started on the left side of the face, clipped a fix pin, and traversed right on good but sketchy holds, with a nasty fall potention (R?). Then up into the chimney which wasn't as hard as it looked.

From the top of the chimney you can go right up a short 3"-4" crack and you will shortly be at a bolted rap station. Or...you can do what we did and find a way more or less straight up, pulling 5.8 handcracks and get to another ledge with a bail anchor and rap from there. I may have been off route here...Meh. May 26, 2009
kevin neville
Oconomowoc WI
  5.9 PG13
kevin neville   Oconomowoc WI
  5.9 PG13
The fourth pitch is 5.9 (5.7R) according to the guidebook; it seemed the crux pitch to me. I climbed past the fixed pin, backed it up, then straight up (delicate and a bit scary; a marginal 00 Metolius might have held?) before traversing right. Goodhue's lower traverse might be better, but sets up a hard swing.... And then a cool move to get into the bombay chimney. P5 has a nice layback ~5.7, and then we rapped.

Double 60s gets you to the ground from the top of P3 if you angle a bit south. Jun 20, 2013
Matt Conroy
Matt Conroy  
A good route, well worth doing. Pitch 4 was wet when I got to it so I opted for the lower traverse as well. It went without too much trouble but I wouldn't have wanted to fall. It should be noted that after traversing one has to climb up through a series of loose blocks. I protected beneath a large flake that seemed solid only to have the whole thing shift when I later pulled on the top of it. Aug 19, 2013
Brianna Bemel
Ojai, CA.
Brianna Bemel   Ojai, CA.
Beware, the "anchor" at the top of P2 is a bit sketchy for rapping — old cordelette attached to 2 pitons (one was backed up with a small nut) that moved up and down a little during my partner's bounce test. Jun 27, 2016
Joe Mucci
Chattanooga, TN
Joe Mucci   Chattanooga, TN
I would agree Brianna completely about the anchors at the top of pitch two. Before revisiting the route this year, I haven't been on it in over ten years. The crux pitch moves are fantastic and I also enjoy the upper pitches. It has a true Cannon feel to the route. This year we decided to bail after the second pitch. I didn't feel that safe rappelling off them let alone going into pitch 3 with the hollow flake and questionable gear off the belay. Sep 7, 2016
nd chu
nd chu  
On pitch 3, before you reach the larger left-facing flake, you first encounter an odd flake/column feature that you can see through by looking behind it. It's something of an hourglass if looked at straight on, with good holds on the sides and on the top. It looks sketchy, and it is. My follower pulled out on it, and heard a big crack. The feature will likely fall if you pull out hard on it, which would really suck as the leader. I used the feature delicately and mantled onto it and set feet high (rock is good in compression). I think you can also gently reach out right to join the flake earlier on. Aug 27, 2017
Keswick Cumbria.UK
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
Ben Winteringham died in Morocco a few years back .... a rappelling accident Feb 9, 2018
The second pitch offers superb climbing up vertical-to-overhanging solid granite. It would be classic anywhere. If only it were longer! As noted by others, be VERY cautious of the hollow, disconnected hourglass-shaped flake you have to climb at the start of pitch 3 (it's just right of the belay). It will break off sometime, which will make starting this pitch an adventure. Pitch 4 is currently the crux of the route both psychologically and physically. It is likely that this pitch has been damaged by rockfall in recent years, plus it is made up of bad crumbly rock with minimal protection. The "fixed" piton came out in my hand yesterday - a great reminder to always test fixed gear, especially on Cannon! While following the pitch, my partner broke a hold at the crux and swung into the wet corner below the bomb-bay chimney. The chimney itself is great fun and very awkward. As others have mentioned, all of the blocks in the chimney are suspect, so be careful. We belayed just above the chimney and then did one more pitch up the crack system above and then trending right. There are many variations. What we chose went at about 5.8. This leads to a good sloping ledge and a fixed anchor where Union Jack and Vertigo come together one pitch higher than the top of the Half Moon Crack. May 22, 2018