Cannon

Winter. Mixed. Hard.

It’s difficult to quantify the value of spending your free time scratching up frozen blocks of choss. Do we do it for training, for ego, for joy? A cryptic glimpse of climbing on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, during New England’s cruelest season.

Winter At The Cabin
Approaching Big Wall
The Guessing Game
Are We Having Fun Yet?
Choose Your Own Adventure
A Backyard Wildnerness
Quiet Perfection
Commitment
Living The Dream
Leading Out
Seasonal Depression Disorder
Here Comes The Sun
Surfs Up
The Yellow Brick Road
Psyched
The Omega Wall

Winter At The Cabin

The view from my home in Madison, NH. Sometimes, it is hard to get out of bed in the morning.

Approaching Big Wall

Approaching the big wall section of Cannon on a frosty morning.

The Guessing Game

Kevin Mahoney seconding the first pitch of Sam's Swan Song: 5.6 in summer; damn hard in winter. Climbing on Cannon always reminds me to be on guard. We bailed after this pitch.

Are We Having Fun Yet?

The face says it all. Janet being a good sport on a chilly December day.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Conditions constantly change; opportunities for variations and detours are endless.

A Backyard Wildnerness

While tractor-trailers rumble up route 93 towards the north country, Mahoney finds wildnerness commitment on the second ascent of The Mean Streak.

Quiet Perfection

On a hard pitch, hours pass like minutes.

Commitment

Peter Doucette commits to an ankle-breaking fall and a new adventure on the FA of the Firing Line.

Living The Dream

Will Mayo tackles the last pitch of the Firing Line, via a new variation.

Leading Out

Ben Gilmore casting off on the second pitch of the Mean Streak.

Seasonal Depression Disorder

Bayard Russell hard at work on a variation to Prozac.

Here Comes The Sun

The clearer the sky, the shorter the window...

Surfs Up

Janet Bergman catching the elusive wave.

The Yellow Brick Road

Mahoney inching his way up the 2nd ascent of the Firing Line as conditions deteriorate.

Psyched

Sometimes, you even surprise yourself. On top of the crux corner of the Firing Line.

The Omega Wall

The Omega Wall section of Cannon Cliff, showing (left to right) the Mean Streak (red); the Firing Line (yellow); Omega (green); Omega Variation Start (blue); Prozac (purple).

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