15-Year-Old Conner Herson Frees the Nose


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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!

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/

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.


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

Kudos to that young man. Awesome send.

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.

Boulder climber
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.

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!

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

Bets on when and has he been born yet?

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.

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.

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

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

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...
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