15-Year-Old Conner Herson Frees the Nose

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Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 20, 2018 - 04:27am PT
https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/15-year-old-conner-herson-frees-the-nose/

Kudos to Conner!


Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:09am PT
F*#k Connor
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:33am PT
Amazing... think for a moment what you were doing at 15...

Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:34am PT
Ledge Rat,
I assume you mean that in the most loving, sarcastic, I-suck-as-a-climber-compared-to-that-fetus kind of way?

Bravo to the next gen. Amazing.

BAd
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:50am PT
I assume you mean that in the most loving, sarcastic, I-suck-as-a-climber-compared-to-that-fetus kind of way?
Absolutely :)
dindolino32

climber
san francisco
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:58am PT
Ive seen him climb at the gym, and not surprised. He was amazing to watch. What a proud send!
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Seattle
Nov 20, 2018 - 07:04am PT
Amazing!!
Matt's

climber
Nov 20, 2018 - 08:17am PT
Looks like he sent it in incredibly good style too (eg not rapping in to work the two hard pitches)
Mike.

climber
Nov 20, 2018 - 08:55am PT
Unreal accomplishment! Nicely done, Connor. Nicely done, Jim. To a blazingly bright future...
BruceHildenbrand

Social climber
Mountain View/Boulder
Nov 20, 2018 - 09:24am PT
Check out this thread here:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/3143827/KIDS-THESE-DAYZ
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 20, 2018 - 09:35am PT
Thirty years hence Connor will be recalling "when it was fun."

Kudos, kudos, kudos, young Jedi.
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Nov 20, 2018 - 09:38am PT
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Nov 20, 2018 - 09:45am PT
Wow, amazing!
A Essex

climber
Nov 20, 2018 - 09:57am PT
F*#k Connor

doubt anyone has

soon as he discovers girls, 5.10 on a gud day
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 20, 2018 - 11:24am PT
soon as he discovers girls, 5.10 on a gud day
You mean like his dad when he freed the Salathe?
Friend

climber
Nov 20, 2018 - 12:46pm PT
That is SO COOL!!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 20, 2018 - 12:57pm PT

Well done!
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 20, 2018 - 01:52pm PT
I have always enjoyed the Dad's postings of their family climbs, as it seems the kids are tough, resilient, but most importantly, are having a lot of fun. What do you think, fossil climber? Would you have guessed way back when that a 15 yr. old would do all the moves free?
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
Nov 20, 2018 - 01:56pm PT
You mean like his dad when he freed the Salathe?

Thanks for that, JLP.

Jim Herson is one of the best contributors to this old site. It's not too surprising that the apple doesn't fall...

But amazing nonetheless.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Nov 20, 2018 - 01:57pm PT
amazing really!
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 20, 2018 - 04:32pm PT
Speaking of being 60 and feeling finished,...
i-b-goB

Social climber
Nutty
Nov 20, 2018 - 04:47pm PT
<3 it, great job Conner!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Nov 20, 2018 - 05:19pm PT
Crazy.

I love how dad is filming and belaying at the same time. My 15 year old is freeing the nose. Its no big deal.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 20, 2018 - 05:30pm PT
I love how dad is filming and belaying at the same time.
Yeah - I'm generally freaked out about giving a perfect belay to someone trying to send their big project - then here's this clown juggling his camera, zooming in and out - with only the occasional blurred shot as - I assume - he actually does some belaying. Hilarious. Don't need no film crew, dad's got his iphone.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Nov 20, 2018 - 05:49pm PT
Connor just twisted my mind into a raspberry yogurt covered pretzel and ate it!
two-shoes

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
Nov 20, 2018 - 06:24pm PT
When Jim freed the Salathe he was a full time employee!

Connor frees the Nose while he's a full time student!
steve s

Trad climber
eldo
Nov 20, 2018 - 08:58pm PT
Awesome!!! There is hope for man kind after all. Thanks for that.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 20, 2018 - 11:34pm PT

Oh man. I'm just giggling hysterically. Cool!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 21, 2018 - 03:55am PT
Man-o-man, did he make that look easy.
Rollover

climber
Gross Vegas
Nov 21, 2018 - 09:37am PT
Amazing sh#t right there..
Sooo impressive.

Conners scream at the end of the Changing Corner
is blood-curdling!!
Great iPhone video Jim!!! 🙄


First father and son to free an El Cap bigwall?
So cool..
Levy

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Nov 21, 2018 - 11:26am PT
Quite an amazing feat for anybody, let alone a 15 year old. I guess this shows us how far things have progressed.

Nice work young man!
briham89

Big Wall climber
santa cruz, ca
Nov 21, 2018 - 11:38am PT
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! Congrats!!
Bargainhunter

climber
Nov 21, 2018 - 12:45pm PT
As a parent of young kids, I've been watching Jim Herson's feats with his offspring for sometime. I am awed and humbled. Don't know how he does it. Well, actually I do, and am envious: unprecedented dedication, commitment and practice. Proud Dad!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Nov 21, 2018 - 01:45pm PT
Always the supportive person willing to appreciate how other people do things differently huh JLP.

Belaying someone with a Gri gri or similar on a traverse with nothing below to hit really is not a big deal.

Jim Herson is quite accomplished. Who are you?
ElGreco

Mountain climber
Nov 21, 2018 - 03:07pm PT
What a legend! Congratulations, Connor! Above all, hope you had/are having a ball with it!

And good thinking on going for it during the teen years before those fingers fatten up ;) Didn't Ondra give up on his Great Roof free attempts when he was trying NIAD with his dad in 2016?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 21, 2018 - 04:28pm PT
Pretty stout.

Just remember who did it first!

Lynnie!!!!
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 22, 2018 - 01:22pm PT
Kids these days, they just don't value intimidation. LOL
Beyond well done lad!
What a brave and talented family. Blows my mind but that is what I love about climbing and always have.
Happy Thanksgiving Hersons one and all!
Milkman_photos

Trad climber
California, San Francisco
Dec 5, 2018 - 11:39am PT
Looks like he sent it in incredibly good style too (eg not rapping in to work the two hard pitches)

Supremely cool send, but he did rap in to work the cruxes a few times. http://runoutpodcast.com/index.php/2018/11/30/runout-11-connor-herson-frees-the-nose/
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 5, 2018 - 07:14pm PT

This thread still makes me smile. Jim is such a good guy, and his postings on ST of his adventures with his kids are all time. I've forwarded links to those postings to many a climber and non-climber alike. Anyone freeing the Nose makes my heart go pitter-patter.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Dec 5, 2018 - 08:32pm PT
Ah, to have such youthful, resilient connective tissue! Honey, bring me another beer. A toddler just freed The Nose.

BAd
originalpmac

Mountain climber
Timbers of Fennario
Dec 5, 2018 - 08:40pm PT
^^^^ Ha! Well said.

Kudos to that young man. Awesome send.
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
Dec 5, 2018 - 11:59pm PT
When Jim freed the Salathe he was a full time employee!

Connor frees the Nose while he's a full time student!

Hell yes. This is the thing. This is the thing that makes this so metal.

They're weekenders. They hold down commitments at home. They have to do the same drive we do each time they go to the Valley. They know the feel in the hand of the Manteca or Escalon gas pump at 1 in the morning, the bleary eyes of the valley commuter, the podcasts, music, bullshit sessions. They're like us.

Herson clan just keeps ripping.
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:15am PT
Ledge Rat,
I assume you mean that in the most loving, sarcastic, I-suck-as-a-climber-compared-to-that-fetus kind of way?
Sort of unrelated etc, but I guarantee you the 15 year old couldn't repeat SLR's solos on the Apron.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Dec 6, 2018 - 12:24pm PT
The podcast is a pretty fun romp. I think I would really like a Jim Herson interview by Chris.

As for his ability to do some moldy forgotten route that was easy enough to solo in hiking boots in the 60s - I have to say after that interview it sort of sounds to me like hed be able to rise to the challenge - but might be more interested in doing other things instead.
Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 9, 2018 - 03:57pm PT
A lotta folks have not freed the Nose....Go Conner!
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Dec 9, 2018 - 04:01pm PT
Nose free solo.....

Bets on when and has he been born yet?
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Dec 9, 2018 - 05:13pm PT
Nose free solo.....

Bets on when and has he been born yet?

Might want to go with "...has she been born yet?". Historically speaking.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Dec 10, 2018 - 03:41pm PT
My husband just showed me a video report of some climbers/commentators talking about Conner's feat. They and others are rightfully giving credit to Jim for his dedication in supporting Conner in his goals. But I've rarely seen Conner's Mom mentioned in the various reports I've been seeing, so I just wanted to give a shout out to Anne.

Anne is, like Jim, a tremendously strong and talented climber. Someone above said something about the apple not falling far from the tree. I've always thought Conner is the spitting image of Anne. For sure those kids have some great climbing genes from both sides.

Anyway, both of them have been very dedicated to their two climbing offspring, sometimes posting reports at the same time from different parts of the world, where one was with Conner and one with Kara. What I admire most is not the talent of the kids, but what good parents they have.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Dec 10, 2018 - 04:15pm PT
Congrats....fantastic achievement!
radair

Social climber
North Conway, NH
Dec 12, 2018 - 09:20am PT
Mind blown... again. Thank you, Herson clan!
Scoop

Mountain climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 12, 2018 - 03:04pm PT

I am having a hard time grasping it.

Congrats to Conner. Holy cow.

Rattlesnake Arch

Social climber
Home is where we park it
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 20, 2019 - 01:07pm PT
2019 may be a quiet year for The Nose...
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 28, 2019 - 06:47am PT
Amazing TR, as usual, from Jim - http://www.jimherson.com/climbing/tr/fixless.html
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 28, 2019 - 06:59am PT
And interview with Connor http://runoutpodcast.com/index.php/2018/11/30/runout-11-connor-herson-frees-the-nose/
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