Connor

Herson

Outdoor Research Climb Ambassador, Connor Herson, smiling in front of a climbing crag wearing the Helium Down HoodieOutdoor Research Climb Ambassador, Connor Herson, smiling in front of a climbing crag wearing the Helium Down Hoodie

CLIMBING

Born into a climbing family, Connor was hooked on climbing from a young age. He enjoys pretty much any form of climbing - big walls, single pitch trad, bouldering, sport climbing, comp climbing, and all-day backcountry climbs. He's lived in the Bay Area his entire life and he climbs as much as possible, whether in the gym, at local crags, or in Yosemite National Park. Unlike most climbers his age, he is into hard trad climbs and big wall free climbing (he's best known for free climbing The Nose at age 15), but he also tries to stay well rounded and by being able to switch disciplines based on his motivation. He is inspired by undercover crushers - those amazing people we don’t know about who send some of the hardest climbs in the world and who don’t feel the need to spray about them. Outside of climbing, Connor is currently a student at Woodside High School. He enjoys running cross country and math (he's involved in his school’s competitive math club).

Connor Herson climbs a sport route with the lush Yosemite Valley below him.Connor Herson climbs a sport route with the lush Yosemite Valley below him.

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Tick List


The Nose, 5.14a Free Ascent

Airstream, 5.13a/b, Onsight

High Times, 5.13b, Onsight

Southern Smoke, 5.14c

Lucifer, 5.14c

Flight of the Conchords, 5.14c

The Green Mile, 5.14c

Ultraperm, 5.13d, Onsight

Whole Shot, 5.13d, Onsight

14 5.14’s at age 14

Broken Arrow, 5.14a, age 16

Top Gun, 5.14a

Crackhead, 5.13+, First Ascent

Connor Herson lets one arm dangle as he moves through an overhanging sport routeConnor Herson lets one arm dangle as he moves through an overhanging sport route

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Passion Project

Connor is currently an active member of the Protect Our Winters (POW) CLIMB team. He's also been involved in crag cleanups and graffiti removal from Handley Rock, his neighborhood crag. In February 2020 he was awarded the North Face Young Gun award, which “was created to recognize up-and-coming athletes who represent the values of the climbing community: commitment, leadership, sportsmanship, and volunteerism.”

Connor's Favorites

Men's Argon Short Sleeve Tee in Mars RedMen's Argon Short Sleeve Tee in Mars Red
Men's Helium Rain Jacket in BlackMen's Helium Rain Jacket in Black
Advocate Trucker Cap in BlackAdvocate Trucker Cap in Black
Men's Voodoo Pants in LodenMen's Voodoo Pants in Loden

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