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El Capitan


Yosemite Valley, California USA


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A jumarless Nose with my son
Tuesday July 11, 2017 12:40am
An excellent day with my son on the Captain:

http://www.jimherson.com/climbing/tr/jniad-connor.html

-Jim

Credit: Jim Herson

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Jim Herson
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Jim Herson is a climber from Emerald Hills, CA.

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wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
  Jul 11, 2017 - 01:29am PT
Huge congratulations to Connor, you earned that nap!

As stellar a crew as you could hope to find, on a truly memorable day!!



mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Jul 11, 2017 - 02:05am PT
Nice job teaching traditions, Tevya.

And it's likely that Mr. Wolf would dig the heck out of that cleaning job, eh?
Naitch

climber
Blue Ridge Mts, Shenandoah River
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:09am PT
Proud send - proud dad!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:36am PT
Totally Jello, wow I think this is an awesome thing !
Rexi

climber
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:54am PT
Wow, awesome. Thanks for sharing!
Q- Ball

Mountain climber
but to scared to climb them anymore
  Jul 11, 2017 - 05:46am PT
Wow!!! Put a huge smile on my face reading this!!! Great job.
Q
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
  Jul 11, 2017 - 06:12am PT
I got nothing but +1 +1 +1. Awesome.
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
  Jul 11, 2017 - 06:53am PT
Another amazing TR from the Mutant Family. Great stuff. But the crowds on the Nose! Oy!

BAd
johntp

Trad climber
socal
  Jul 11, 2017 - 06:57am PT
NICE! A wonderful story well told. TFPU!
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
  Jul 11, 2017 - 07:14am PT
Dang
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Jul 11, 2017 - 07:45am PT
What a great story! Made my whole morning coffee break. BTW, your family really IS mutant - way to go!
cheers
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:01am PT
I wanna see his "Back to School/What I Did With My Summer" essay. Will you have to explain to his teacher what it all means ;)
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:06am PT
:)))))
moosedrool

climber
Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:20am PT
Awesome and inspiring, as usual.

Congratulations, Connor!

Classic:

I view water not so much as essential for sustaining life, but rather as a moral hazard. Give the kids a glass of water and soon there is an expectation of nutrition. That can only lead to a sense of entitlement for a rain jacket that repels water. And eventually the kids are going to ask for a headlamp that works. Best to avoid even starting down that path.

LOL

Moose
L

climber
And I'm searchin' for waterspouts...
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:40am PT
This thing was so good, I could've kept reading for hours!

Looking forward to the Salathe TR...:-)

GLee

Social climber
Montucky
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:44am PT
YES!!!
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:49am PT
That was great... esp your son's exclamation of how cool the water bottle looked exploding below....

WBraun

climber
  Jul 11, 2017 - 09:16am PT
Bad ass !!!!
mikeyschaefer

climber
Sport-o-land
  Jul 11, 2017 - 09:32am PT
So amazing!
WyoRockMan

climber
Grizzlyville, WY
  Jul 11, 2017 - 09:47am PT
That is the best thing I've seen in awhile.

Thanks for sharing!

mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
  Jul 11, 2017 - 10:42am PT
What Werner said........BAD ASS!!

A mountain of treasured memories building.....ARRRGGG!! :)
aspendougy

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 10:44am PT
After the first ascent, Wayne Merry made a comment to the effect that it was such a long, hard slog, it seemed he was saying it would not be that enjoyable for a lot of folks. To see a happy middle schooler do it with so much fun and exhuberance is really cool!
Burnin' Oil

Trad climber
CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 11:58am PT
Awesome as usual.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 05:10pm PT
Such a fun, inspiring, and hilarious writeup!

Based on Alex Lowe's definition and your attitude Connor, you are one of the "best climbers in the world" :-)
smith curry

climber
nashville,TN
  Jul 11, 2017 - 12:29pm PT
So badass
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Jul 11, 2017 - 01:18pm PT
Love it.......what a great thing to share with your son and with all of us. Keep us posted!!!
frostback

Social climber
great white north
  Jul 11, 2017 - 01:20pm PT
an "atta boy" for your boy!
eeyonkee

Trad climber
Golden, CO
  Jul 11, 2017 - 01:36pm PT
Hey thanks for that! You gots to be proud.
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Jul 11, 2017 - 02:55pm PT
Wow...child's play!

Fantastic...
kingtut

Social climber
carmel, ca
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:17pm PT
Thanks for sharing such special memories with us. :D
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:30pm PT
Another great report!!!
Mike Honcho

Trad climber
Glenwood Springs, CO
  Jul 11, 2017 - 03:31pm PT
Werner said it 1st, Bad Ass!!!
le_bruce

climber
Oakland, CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 04:04pm PT
Love it. Love it! Once I pick my jaw up off the floor at the what has been pulled off, the Herson TR's always leave me grinning. The vibes are so blindingly bright with this family. Thank you for sharing and please, always, more!

I view water not so much as essential for sustaining life, but rather as a moral hazard. Give the kids a glass of water and soon there is an expectation of nutrition. That can only lead to a sense of entitlement for a rain jacket that repels water. And eventually the kids are going to ask for a headlamp that works. Best to avoid even starting down that path.

...

But Tim didn't????

I'm thinking Tim could have probably swooped into the Valley to refresh/replace your water bottles, but he had to think of the moral hazard of doing so! Made the right call in the end.

(Have to guess that this is the Tim and Jason of campfire lore that fired the Nose and Salathe in a casual day a while back? Climbers of steel abound in this TR, starting with Connor and extending to the lesser/grayer cast beneath him.)
Mike.

climber
  Jul 11, 2017 - 04:48pm PT
Jim, I'm amazed by the natural ability of your kids, and also by your natural ability as a leader and facilitator to them. Inspiring work – TFPU!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jul 11, 2017 - 04:56pm PT
Amazing....thanks for sharing!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jul 11, 2017 - 05:27pm PT
On the "Impressive Scale" this falls just above Honnold's Freesolo and slightly below the recent All Nude Ascent in my opinion. Absolutely rad. Thanks for the fantastic report.
c wilmot

climber
  Jul 11, 2017 - 06:11pm PT
Like everyone else- very impressive. Your son has maturity beyond his years to handle such an undertaking. I bet part of the reason he is so happy is that you have not taught him to be negative.

Well done to both of you
fat-n-sassy

Social climber
San Francity, CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 06:53pm PT
PERFECT
two-shoes

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
  Jul 11, 2017 - 08:46pm PT
You rock Conner!!!


You too Pop!
Splater

climber
Grey Matter
  Jul 12, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
Any chance you could adopt another child? (somewhat older than the others)
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
  Jul 12, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Stout!!!
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
  Jul 12, 2017 - 07:19pm PT
Thank you! A wonderful read.
Marshall

climber
bay area
  Jul 12, 2017 - 09:08pm PT

holy f-ing crap, yet again. herson clan wins. so so awesome.
Tom Patterson

Trad climber
Seattle
  Jul 12, 2017 - 09:30pm PT
^^^ What everyone else said!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
  Jul 12, 2017 - 11:32pm PT
The sweetest words a parent could hear "Dad, can we climb the Salathe?"
Spectacular effort guys.

All the best,
Doug
Degaine

climber
  Jul 13, 2017 - 12:18am PT
Thanks, Jim, for the great read.

Cheers to great times with one's kids.
Vlad Pricker

Mountain climber
The cliffs of insanity, inconceivable
  Jul 13, 2017 - 03:03am PT
Well done. Great TR. So, Salathé next?
DWS

Trad climber
Atlanta, GA
  Jul 20, 2017 - 10:08am PT
Wow! Really incredible for that young man! Great job, Dad.
MH2

Boulder climber
Andy Cairns
  Jul 20, 2017 - 02:47pm PT
An excellent day


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