Type: Trad, Alpine, 6000 ft (1818 m), Grade IV
FA: Paul Ross Henry Barber (var leads) Aug/1973
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Shared By: USBRIT Ross on Jun 17, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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This 6000' girdle traverse of Cannon Cliff is certainly the longest roped climb in New Hampshire , providing excellent training for alpine climbs. The first ascent (traverse)from Lakeview to top out on the The Whiney-Gilman Ridge took just under six hours.Simul-climbing was used on the easier sections such as the slabs etc..Some pleasant wild situations when crossing the big wall section of the cliff.

Climb pitches 1 to 4 of Lakeview and move left to join Wiessner's. Downclimb Wiessners to the Old Cannon Garden, follow garden to its termination to the North-South-West climb. Follow NSW and climb its difficult crack pitch. Traverse left,easy ground interrupted by difficlt bits,untill the Conn Dike is reached. Climb this gully/dike for two pitches then traverse left along a ledge system. This section is vague but it's important to work your way as far to the left as possible,then make a 165' rappel to the top of the 5th pitch of Labyrinth Wall.A tricky lead straight left brings one to the long flake that slices the entire big wall section of the cliff. Enjoy an elegant pitch across the flake passing the VMC and One Drop of Water routes and belay at its extreme left end.(top of pitch 5 of The Ghost).Climb up to the left (5.7)and join Sam's Swan Song and follow to the top of its 4th pitch. Two pitches straight left brings one to second cow pasture on top of the Duet Buttress. Down climb a gully to the first cow pasture then traverse straight left 150' to Cannonade. Reverse Cannonade to the top of the Cannonade Buttress. Traverse left from the top of the Buttress to reach The Black Dike. Climb down until a traverse line just above the base of the gully brings one to a 100' corner and crack this leads to junction with the Whitney-Gilman Ridge. Finish up this fine climb to its top.The climb has had several repeats.


Cannon Mt. see guide book Secrets of the Notch by Jon Sykes


Small rack of stoppers and the odd cam.Two 165' 9m ropes were used.