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Falling Rock, New Hampshire, North Conway, Cathedral Ledge

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New Hampshire, North Conway, Cathedral Ledge

At the end of May 1991, two climbers were standing on the ledge below The Book of Solemnity on Cathedral Ledge. One of the climbers was struck on his helmet by a rock; the helmet was split but the climber was unhurt. Since the two climbers did not hear the rock strike the cliff face, they think that it was thrown from the top of the cliff. Another clue was that a pine cone had landed at their feet a few minutes before, also apparently thrown. (Source: George Hurley, Guide)

(Editor’s Note: This is not the first time that rocks or objects have been thrown from the top of this ledge. It is the main reason for helmets being work on climbs there.)

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