Canadian in Candia

August 20, 2009

Cannon Cliff

Filed under: Climbing, New Hampshire — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 12:03 am

Cannon CliffI’ve been driving to Canada a lot this summer. I used to do a lot of hiking in the White Mountains. When I see Cannon Mountain I know I’m well on my way to my destination. It’s always beautiful scenery. But when my husband sees Cannon all he sees is the cliff.

Cannon CliffFull size here.

When my husband sees Cannon Cliff he thinks of Climbing. He’s actually climbed Cannon twice this year. He did a route called Whitney-Gilman Ridge on the South side of the cliff a few weeks ago. When it was first climbed in 1929 it was considered one of the hardest climbs in the United States.

Last week he climbed Moby Grape. A route that goes over the tallest part of the cliff.

cannon routes outlinedFull size here.


Whitney-Gilman Route on CannonThis is the Whitney Gilman Ridge. It’s a ridge that sticks out a little from the cliff. Behind the ridge is a well known mixed climb (a combination of rock climbing and ice climbing) known as the Black Dike.

Moby Grape

Moby Grape StartThis is the bottom of Moby Grape. Do you notice anything in particular?

Moby Grape Start - upcloseYep, there’s a group of climbers that can barely be seen.

Here’s an upper section of the climb.

Moby Grape

These are the climbers I was able to pick out of the picture.
Moby Grape - Closeup 1
Moby Grape - upclose 2
Moby Grape - upclose 3

To give you a numeric idea of how tall this cliff is, it’s 1000 feet tall in places.

Top of Moby Grape

And these people are all climbing it in a single day.

Top of Moby Grape - upclose
Top of Moby Grape - upclose 2
Top of Moby Grape - upclose 3

This occasionally is where my husband can be found.


I get a little worried sometimes.  Especially when I look at the talus field under the cliff and when I think of how big the rocks that came down when the Old Man of the Mountain.
IMGP3108 - upcloseBut he loves to climb, and he’s good at it. So I don’t mind that he’s one of those tiny specks crawling up the giant cliff.

And if you are driving through Franconia Notch State Park on a day with nice weather, bring a pair of binoculars. You might get to see some people practicing their passion.



  1. Moby Grape? Really? If you know the story behind that name, I’d love to hear it.

    Comment by Mindee@ourfrontdoor — August 20, 2009 @ 11:54 am

    • I’m not sure, and I’ll ask around. My best guess is that the route was first climbed in 1972 and that there was a band from the 60s called Moby Grape.

      As for Whitney-Gilman, there’s a very easy climb in a climbing area in New Hampshire called Rumney known as Wimpy-Gilman. The easy Moby-Grape namesake is called Mogli-Grape.

      Comment by Miriam — August 20, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  2. those are beautiful images – i love canada!!! awesome pics and thanks for stopping by!

    Comment by scrappysue — August 20, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

  3. But see.. this makes it easier for you.. if you know where your husband is.. you can always text him and ask him if he can drop by and bring some sugar with him cause you need it for those cookies you’re craving for:))) Easy-peasy, right??:P

    No, really now, this is so cool actually! Wish we’d be able to visit places like that!

    Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by the other day!

    Comment by Niky @ Design It Chic — August 21, 2009 @ 3:30 am

  4. WHOA! Brave climbers. That is scary! I prefer hiking.

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us and also for posting a comment at my blog. I’ll look up the scarlet book you suggested. 🙂

    Comment by Reviewer11 — August 21, 2009 @ 6:02 am

  5. I took a look at the summary of Suite Scarlett on Amazon and it sounds cool! I’ll see if I can get it at the bookstore this weekend. Thanks again for the suggestion. 🙂

    Comment by Reviewer11 — August 21, 2009 @ 6:30 am

  6. Wow. That is one very large cliff. My sister is getting into climbing and I don’t really understand it. It could have something to do with the whole “I’m afraid of heights” thing.

    Comment by Bean — August 24, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

    • I introduced Adam to climbing as a way to help him with his fear of heights while hiking. Now he’s climbing things that would make me have a panic attack 😛 He wants to climb the 3000ft El Capitain in Yosemite before he dies. That’s a multi-day climb (for most climbers).

      Comment by Miriam — August 25, 2009 @ 8:31 am

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