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Location: 44.15601, -71.68723 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Cannon Cliff in full on cold January conditions...



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For the * NH Ice and Mixed Climbing area.

Weather station 8.8 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Cannon Ice Climbs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cannon Ice Climbs:
Fafnir   WI5+     Ice, 3 pitches, 450'   
Black Dike   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI4-5 M3     Mixed, Ice, 3 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Black Dike in marginal conditions, March, 2005.

Black Dike 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b WI4-5 M3  NH : * NH Ice and Mixed Climbing : Cannon Ice Climbs
The Black Dike is perhaps New England's most famous ice climb. For many a winter climber, an ascent of the Dike is a highlight of a season. From the parking lot, locate the obvious, sinuous line of ice up the deep cleft to the right of the Whitney Gilman Ridge. The Black Dike climbs this ice for three long pitches to the top of the cliff.The approach is the same as for the WG Ridge, though expect it to take much longer if the talus is snow covered. At the WG Ridge, ascend the snowfield to the ba...[more]   Browse More Classics in NH

Photos of Cannon Ice Climbs Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A Wintery Whitney Gilman Ridge
A Wintery Whitney Gilman Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Alex Teixeira of Mooney Mountain Guides launching ...
Alex Teixeira of Mooney Mountain Guides launching ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson new routing to t...
Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson new routing to t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cannon in the winter.
Cannon in the winter.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Cannon on a rather Scottish looking da...
Approaching Cannon on a rather Scottish looking da...

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By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Feb 20, 2012
There are a couple of new routes on Cannon. one is left of Omega near the giant right facing corner of Henderson's Buttress. The climbed is called Mean Streak and it probably a WIE7M8? It difficult to say the least. Andy Tuthill and ? did the route. I think it was 2010. The other route was done by Mark Richey and ?. Its recent. I don't know its name or its location. There's a you tube video of the ascent. It looks like there on the south side somewhere.
By Reggie Pawle
Feb 24, 2012
Brad, is this the route by Mark Richey and Freddie Wilkinson you were thinking of?

Mean Streak is reported to be WI6 M7 and was climbed by Will Mayo and Andy Tuthill on December 11, 2007. Source:

Bayard Russell also has an awesome topo of Cannon's big wall section on his blog:
By bradley white
From: Plymouth
Dec 19, 2012
Thanks, for the link ups. Bagleyheavybags is removed. It looked like Mark Richey was on TOM, TOM when I watched a youtube cannon winter ascent of him.
By Ryan Barber
From: Rumney, NH
Feb 25, 2013
Perhaps someone would be willing to do some Mountain Project write-ups of these routes? This would be great for the Mark Richey / Freddie Wilkinson ascent north of Omega as I have found the least information on this particular climb. Icarus, Daedalus, the Minotaur, and Mean Streak all have great topos and route descriptions on other sites and blogs. I feel that our online guidebook is especially lacking as far as Cannon's winter alpine world is concerned. These are some of greatest marks of New England alpinism, and I would very much like to see them cataloged here.

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