The Whitney-Gilman Ridge is located on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch. It is the largest cliff in NH and has a long history of rock climbing. Cannon is also where the Man in the Mountain was located before he fell a few years ago. The Whitney-Gilman Ridge is a moderate (5.7) but long (6 pitches?) and committing climb. It was first climbed back in The Day (1910's I think) and remains an Ultra-Classic climb in the NorthEast. Every year for many years there is a keg party on a belay ledge of this climb. It is a classic because although not difficult, the route follows a narrow arete that has spectacular exposure (for any grade, but especially for such a moderate level of difficulty) and is very well protected (all trad).
The approach is around 45mins over a talus field and the walkoff does not bring you back to the base of the climb (so bring your packs with you). In th early season watch out for falling rock from the cliff face (notorious for its exfoliatation)...always wear your helmet here. Also note that the weather in Franconia Notch is unique to the Notch, watch it carefully, storms can move in fast. That being said, you will not get more of an 'alpine feel' on a climb in New England than on Cannon Cliff.
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