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Hard Winter Line Across the Pond

There must be something in the air. The day after Andy Turner's ascent of The Secret on Ben Nevis, exciting things are happening over in New Hampshire. Cannon Cliff is similar in many ways to the Ben; in size and scale, as well as weather. The routes are mostly climbed in the traditional style, ground up and without bolts.

From Alpinist:

On the 11th Dec, Will Mayo and Andy Tuthill made a ground breaking ascent of Mean Streak. Here Mayo takes up the story:

"My friends and I have looked at it over the years and wondered each time we ventured up into the Omega amphitheatre... Turns out, it goes--and it's one Mean Streak (WI6 M7, 450'). We climbed it in three demanding pitches (P1: WI6 M7, 140'; P2: M6+, 100'; P3: M6+, 210'), each requiring heavy ironwork and our full attention. We carried a full rack of pins, single rack of nuts, single rack of cams, a few short screws and 70-meter ropes. We climbed the three sustained pitches traditionally: ground-up, free, onsight, and without leaving a stitch of fixed protection behind."

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