Climber Dies After 150-Foot Fall Off Cannon Cliff In Franconia Notch | New Hampshire Public Radio

Climber Dies After 150-Foot Fall Off Cannon Cliff In Franconia Notch

Sep 22, 2020

Rescuers from Mountain Rescue Service, Fish & Game, and Pemi Valley Search and Rescue responded to the accident scene at Cannon Cliff Sunday and Monday.
Credit Courtesy of N.H. Fish & Game

New Hampshire officials say a climber died when a tumbling boulder severed his rope, causing him to fall 150 feet while climbing on Cannon Cliff in Franconia Notch State Park.

Several people saw the climber fall on Sunday, but the man's body couldn't be recovered until Monday.

Officials identified the climber 34-year-old Benjamin Kessel, of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Officials say Kessel was climbing up the cliff when a rock the size of a refrigerator dislodged and sliced his rope.