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Franconia Notch: The Black Dike

Posted on: January 21, 2013

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In 1971, a 19-year-old John Bouchard, climbed the 400-foot Black Dike up Cannon Cliff, solo, despite having a stuck rope, one mitten and a broken pick. In his time, a WI4+ was unheard of, and only four years earlier, the hardest "stepless ascent" was Mount Washington's Pinnacle Gully at WI3+. Today, the Black Dike sees plenty of traffic and is climbed regularly. Justin Guarino's video of the Black Dike represents an aesthetic point-of-view of the climb and over four decades of historic ascents. Enjoy. —David Crothers, Online Producer

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