Vertigo on Cannon Cliff in New Hampshire

November 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Despite the superstition the day at Cannon could not have been luckier. David and I approached the cliff under quiet and sunny skies. The cliff was quiet and the hawks soared high above Moby Grape, so much for folklore. We racked up at the base of Vertigo and Union Jack to do a little bit of crack climbing. This was David’s first trip to this portion of the wall so there were big smiles all around about the coming adventure.

We warmed up on Union Jack, climbing the route in 2 pitches and enjoying every minute, the temp rose to 50 degrees which is quite mild for this time of year. After completing the route we rapped it in one long rappel (60m) bypassing some manky old pins.

David is a top notch student in his final year at Plymouth State University in the Adventure Education Program, and it has been a pleasure to work with him over the past few years. It is important to know that Dave is a strange person in that he loves to climb off-widths. These monster cracks are so big you can often slide half your body in them. Since Dave has a love for such shenanigans, he wanted to climb the Half Moon Crack on Vertigo.

Climbing Vertigo is always a pleasure and today was no exception, clean granite stunning settings and the big crack, yikes. Dave led this crack in brilliant style, and we rapped the route in time to see the sun going down, and casting a crimson glow over the Lafayette ridge. Not a bad day in New England I would say!


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