Wednesday Nov 01, 2023

Jordan Cannon: Cowboy Direct

Elite climber Jordan Cannon takes us on the unbelievable adventures of tackling one of the toughest high-altitude big wall ascents in the world, the Cowboy Direct route of Trango (Nameless) Tower. 


This is Jordan’s third appearance on the show and for good reason – just recently he and partners Matt Segal and Jesse Huey accomplished one of the most mind blowing and impressive high altitude ascents of recent memory– the second ascent of Trango (Nameless) Tower via the Cowboy Direct Route – a grade VII 5.13 big wall that reaches over 20,000 feet into the clouds of the Karakoram / Himalaya. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to put together an expedition of this magnitude, get clipped in for one helluva ride. Jordan brings his storytelling A-game, covering:

  • How the trip came together
  • Breaking down the costs
  • Acclimatization hacks
  • Team dynamics
  • Risk assessment
  • The emotional and physical highs and lows
  • Assigning asterisks when it comes to high altitude big wall ascents
  • What happens to your body on an envelope-pushing adventure like this

And Jordan answers perhaps the biggest question of all… why do it in the first place. 


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