Photographer's Note

Cannon Mountain (formerly Profile Mountain) is a 4,100 foot (1,250 meter) peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Known for both its technical rock & ice climbing, the mountain was home to the Old Man of the Mountain until the formation collapsed on May 3, 2003. The mountain is a type of geological formation known as an Exfoliating Dome which is layered like an onion. Cannon Mountain is located within Franconia Notch state park.

There are a number of trails that criss-cross Cannon Mountain but only one trail, the Kinsman Ridge Trail, can be taken un-interrupted from the trailhead to the summit. Two features of the mountain which attract hikers are the Appalachian Trail and the Appalachian Mountain Club-maintained Lonesome Lake Hut. The base of the cliff face can be approached via an ambiguous path up the right side of the talus field.

Cannon Cliff is the largest vertical rock face in the Northeast at roughly 1,000 feet (331 meters) in height and more than a mile (1.6 km) long. Some of the aid lines are long and difficult enough to require a bivy, making Cannon the only Big Wall in the northeast. Cannon is popular both in the summer months and in the winter for ice climbers. There is a log book climbers are asked to sign into and out of. If an unusual amount of time passes before a climber signs out, a search party is formed.

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