Every year a devoted cadre of climbers vies for the first annual ascent of Cannon Cliff’s famous multi-pitch ice climb, the Black Dike. For the first to the top, a successful ascent marks the unofficial opening of ice season.
“This tradition isn’t a race. Any one of us would happily join any other team member for opening day. It’s about extending the season, it’s about sucking the marrow out of winter, and it’s about ticking the Black Dike when its ripe. In October or November the Dike is an alpine nightmare, and climbing it required every ounce of skill and concentration. After a long summer of clipping bolts and whipping out of cracks, mixed climbing above tenuous gear is a wakeup call. The Dike is a cold reminder of why we love the sport, and each year it demands you get your head in the game (read more…)”