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Trad Rock Climbing: Cannon Mountain (Multiple Pitch)

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  • Cannon Mountain

    Peabody Base Area - Exit 34C
    Peabody Base Area - Exit 34A
    Franconia, NH (map)

    42.527873 -70.928661

  • Meet in the parking lot for the Gondola
  • Trad Rock Climbing: Cannon Mountain (Multiple Pitch)

    Cannon Cliff

    The Team's: Everyone Gets Wait Listed..!

    As always the size of the Meetup is based on how many people the area can handle & the number of lead climbers who RSVP for the Meetup....!

    For each lead climber we need one experienced belayer and then we can add one newbie climber/Follower.

    Its always the understanding that the "Newbie/Follower" as at a minimum has climbed indoors and has knowledge of the climbing knots and all the gear required & that the Belayer is willing to show that Newbie the how too clean gear and climb past challenges on the route.  Both the leader and the Belayer assist the Newbie/Follower and keep a eye out for their lack of knowledge.

    Sign up...  First to RSVP is the first to fill a opening based on experience needed.

    Don't forget no helmet no climbing!!! Period...

    Description: Weather Permitting....!

    Cannon Mountain or Cannon Cliff Area is a lot like El Capitan in Yosemite, the defining feature of the mountain is really not so much a peak but a wall - the Cannon Cliff.

    The Cannon Cliff (also the site of the famous profile called the Old Man of the Mountain, visible from across Franconia Notch which is now gone. 2003) - offers a full thousand feet in height and about a mile long it's the largest vertical face in the Northeast and a classic destination for alpine climbing, both in winter and summer. In the summer the wall abounds with alpine rock routes of fantastic quality, ranging from moderate free routes like Lakeview (5.5) and Whitney-Gilman Ridge (5.7) to hard aid. There are also classic hard free climbs such as the VMC direct (5.11). Some of the aid lines are long and difficult enough to require a bivy, making Cannon the only Big Wall in the northeast.

    The nature of the climbing at Cannon is different than other New England locations. Because on average the level of the Cannon climbers is higher than most, the grades tend to reflect this also the rock caricature make for interest..  Some people will say they are sandbagged. For instance, it is unclear how the finish to Lakeview ever got the rating of 5.5, considering it is considerably harder than many 5.7 routes at Cathedral Ledge.

    In addition, many of the routes are much less well defined than in other areas, with many variations possible and good route finding skills are required. These things, plus the length of the routes and the risk of rockfall make Cannon climbing a more serious undertaking than other routes of comparable grade in New England, which to many adds to its attraction.

    In addition, Franconia Notch (the narrow glacier-cut valley which Cannon faces) is known for the variety of its weather. It is often bad even when it's good elsewhere, and if it's bad elsewhere than it's downright horrendous in the Notch. This must also be considered when climbing on Cannon, both in winter and in summer.


    Climbing Guide Book Of Area: You will need!!!

    Secrets of the notch - A guide to climbing cannon cliff and the crags of Franconia Notch By Jon Sykes 2008

    Climbing Team List Remember each team will be independent on the mountain.




    On top of a helmet to climb.

    1- Lead Climber w/Full rock rack up to 3" & extra 24" loop slings

    Be-layer and Follower should at a minimum have the basics. If you don't have any of the basic's it could mean you will not be able to join in on this Meetup. While still standing in the parking lot.

    This is alpine don't forget a light hat and wind breaker in your pack.

    For more info:

    Look to the gear list listed at our group page.

    Click  "More"

    Click  "Files"

    Click  "Gear List - Rock Climbing (Follower)


    Once on top. On the left side WG and south. Walk straight up into the woods on a well worn trail. The trail heads left and downhill. After a considerable amount of walking, you will reach the bike path. Moby Grape area and north head up till you find a faint trail head north and you will walk over the former location of the old man of the mountain and the trail descends down from there north to the parking lot area. If you repel the route head back to the base of the WG and descend the approach trail to the bike path and back north to the parking lot.


    Getting There:

    Cannon Mountain Ski Area Gondola we will be in the parking lot on the left side as you enter....


    Additional Trip Planning & Research:


    Waiver:  Read !!!

    Be Warned!

    Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

    Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, or avalanche can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

    Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious. We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

    When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

    If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

    It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

    That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

    The Organizers…





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  • Alex G.

    If anyone wants to do Metro Rock on Saturday, let me know.

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay B.

    PS: you will not find this meetup on the list But if you go to the calendar you can still see its info.... I think...? Or just email me...

    June 28, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi All,, Well sucks I am calling it off.. Rain over night and 90% humidity through the early morning will not dry the rock out and then on top of that there is a 60% chance of rain through the day with lighting chances at 2. Add in the funky weather Franconia Notch can have on its own seams silly for us as a group... So in Short CANCELED... Snif Snif.... I will re post a couple more times this summer.. I will be up in NH so I am out Guess I am working around the house on the many tasks I have been putting off...
    You have a climbing partner maybe there something local you can get on for a couple hours??? See Ya next time...

    June 28, 2013

  • Susan

    Wah, wish I could, but just starting the long road of recovery from surgery of a broken elbow. Bummed to be missing MONTHS of climbing.

    June 26, 2013

  • Ken D.

    Hi Folks, Looks like I don't have access to the car this Saturday. Can I get a ride with someone? I live in Arlington MA.

    June 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Oh I just noticed that you are my leader. Yeah I'll definitely pick you up at 6:30. I'll call you or you can call me.

      June 26, 2013

    • Bruce L

      I also live in Arlington. Need to confirm some things with Jay about the trip, but if affirmative I can easily pick Ken up. Then can either drive up with the two of us or meet up with others along the way.

      June 26, 2013

  • John

    Anyone interested in carpooling?

    June 24, 2013

    • Alex G.

      Yes definitely. I am coming from Malden. For those with cars, we can probably meet at I-93 Exit 42 where there is free park and ride parking.

      June 24, 2013

    • John

      Hey Alex, if you pick up Ken will there be enough for me ride along as well?

      June 26, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Hi Folks Ok so! this weekend is our climbing Meetup.. Please if you not able too attend take a minute to change your RSVP's.. Thank You.. For anyone still on waiting list I will re-do the team list tomorrow we have had a lot of changes you will know if your on a team or not not later then late tomorrow.. cheers,...

    June 24, 2013

    • John

      Never mind, I just say the google doc linked above for the first time now. I thought that link was going to get emailed out to us for some reason.

      June 26, 2013

    • Jay B.

      Ok, now I know what you mean.... Yes on Multie pitch climbing. " Not" top rope.. We build the teams at home who I think either make a good fit or goals folks might have Or a request that I receive for a team. So when we meet in the parking lot not much time is lost at that the parking lot figuring out who is with who etc... Get out climbing pretty quick.. Also allows team members the chance to chat about routes that are of interest etc.... This is of course if the list stays the same.. If someone bails on climbing in the days just prior. Then I have sometimes no choice to mash the teams or move folks back to the waiting list if we don't have the lead climbers for a team on a Multie pitch day out...

      June 26, 2013

  • Jay B.

    Weather, I will make a final call on Friday early morning... Right now its late afternoon showers as we have had all week.. Not a problem just have to plan on that while on the cliff... Like I said I will make a final call on Friday morning. If I think we will see rain before 2pm I will likely call it off for cannon & find another venue down lower to meet at...

    June 26, 2013

  • Lovena (Lovey) H.

    I'm a Newbie Climber/Follower. I just took the AMC Rock climbing course this past Spring & was introduced to Trad Climbing as a second. So far I've seconded a couple climbs at the Gunks & one climb at Rock Rimmon. Looking for more ops to second.

    June 23, 2013


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