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Young climber with a talent for Yosemite style climbing

Jordan is an up and coming young climber with high aspirations. His talent is Yosemite style climbing. While he would say Freerider is no harder than some 5.13a sport climb, we know that Jordan is wired differently.

Birthday: May 2nd, 1994
Home town: Charleston, SC
Current home: Reno, NV
Favorite MAXIM rope: 70m 9.1mm Bi-Color Airliner

“Climbing for me is more about partnership rather than climbing hard. Sure, the routes themselves are great, but in the end it’s the bonds created through our shared experience in the mountains that we will remember most. That’s what is most important.”

Jordan Cannon

Get to know Jordan ...

Tell us how and when you got into climbing? 
I’ve been for as long as I can remember on trees, buildings, and whatever else I could get my hands on. My parents took me to a gym in South Carolina when I was 10, but I didn’t really hit my stride until I moved to California and started climbing in places like Joshua Tree and Yosemite Valley. That’s where it all began.  

What are you doing when you are not climbing?
Planning my next day of climbing!

What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
“Raiders March” by John Williams (aka the theme song to Indiana Jones).

Do you have any peculiar eating habits?
Every now and then I’ll eat an entire box of cookies in one sitting. I know I’m not the only one, but I’m still not particularly proud of it. 

What stokes you the most?
Good weather, a motivated partner, and endless possibilities. 

If you could choose a super power, what would it be? 
Teleportation- that way I could travel to any climbing area whenever I want!

Career Highlights


Country/City: Yosemite Valley, California
Grade: VI 5.13a
Length: 2,900 ft

Free-climbing El Capitan had been a big goal of mine for years, so it was really exciting to realize that dream and have an epic adventure with my friend Callen on the most historic big wall in the world. 

“El Sendero Luminoso”

Country/City: El Potrero Chico, Mexico
Grade: V 5.12d
Length: 1,750 ft

Climbing “The Shining Path” with my friend Mike was one of the best days I’ve ever had in the mountains. It was my first international climbing trip and it taught me a lot about partnership, optimism, and perseverance. Plus, sport climbing an adventurous limestone big wall 15 minutes from the road? What could be better than that!

Moonlight Buttress”

Country/City: Zion National Park, Utah
Grade: V 5.12d
Lenght: 1,000 ft

“Moonlight Buttress” was my first multi-pitch 5.12 and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of big wall free-climbing. After that, I was totally hooked!

© Callen Hearne, Abbi Hearne

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