• Pro climber based out of Las Vegas, NV • Mostly known for climbing in Yosemite • Full-time van-lifer for 8 years 🚐 - Out and proud 🏳️🌈
Rock climbers can definitely have coaches, depending on how invested they are in their own climbing and what they need to work on. Some professional climbers may even have more than one coach focusing on different areas such as strength training, mental training, nutrition, and injury prevention. Transcript: "Do rock climbers have coaches. I'd say it's a pretty mixed bag in comparison to other team sports. But since climbing is a pretty individual sport, whether or not someone is going to have a coach is really gonna depend on, you know, how personally invested or how much time they have to put into their their own climbing. But as far as professional rock, climbers, go a lot of them do have a coach or had a coach that they worked with in the past to, you know, improve their Their training, or their nutrition or, or whatever. And so, for myself personally, right now, I have a training coach that helps me with my strength training throughout the year. I have a psychologist, / mental training coach to helps me build mental strength and resilience towards things, like, fear of falling, or feel fear of failure, or things like that. And, and then I even have a nutritionist, that helps me develop. Up meal plans throughout the year, based on whatever I'm doing in climbing at the time. And then, lastly, I have a physical therapist or massage. Therapist helps me work with things about injury prevention and that sort of thing. So, yeah, a lot of people have coaches. Some people don't really just depends on what you're trying to get out of your climbing and what you need to work on."
Professional climbers don't necessarily live in vans, but some choose to do so for the freedom it provides and the ability to chase better climbing conditions. Transcript: "To All Professional climbers live in Van. No, I'll professional climbers. Definitely do not live in Vans, but that is very valid question because there are many people that do even non professional climbers and it really just depends on the kind of lifestyle that you're trying to live. And so for me personally I choose to live in a van because it's simple and I get to be mobile because climb the climbing season. Never really. Ends, if you're willing to move around the country and Chase weather, where it's best, and there's tons of places to climb. And so living in a van really gives me the freedom and Mobility to do that, but also enables me to live pretty cheaply and simply as well. And so a lot of professional climbers choose to take that route for a period of time. Particularly like earlier in there, they're climbing careers and then maybe get houses later on down the road, where they'll live in the house for you? No a few months out of the year and then maybe travel internationally other parts of the year and then maybe even live in their van on on you know shorter climbing trips throughout the year as well. And so yeah. It really just depends on what kind of climbing lifestyle you want."
Rock climbers typically don't wear gloves because they want to feel every inch of the rock to better grip it. Gloves are usually worn when rappelling or belaying to help manage the rope and protect hands from dirt. Transcript: "Do you wear gloves when you climb this is actually a pretty common question from people who maybe don't know much about climbing and it's understandable, because rocks look rough and you imagine that they tear up your hands. But really, when you're rock climbing, you. You don't want to have gloves on because you want to be able to feel every inch of The Rock. And so really, the only thing that we're wearing when we're actually physically, rock climbing is putting chalk on our hands to help dry them out and Of our friction improve our grip if you ever do. See a rock climber wearing gloves, it's going to be when they're either rappelling or belaying and so, they'll be wearing gloves to help manage the Rope because the Rope gets pretty dirty. And then if your hands get dirty, they become less durable when you're climbing on the Rock. And so, yeah, wearing gloves can be helpful also to stay warm but you have made me just to protect your hands. When you're bling your partner who's climbing or when your owing and descending from a climb after you're done."
Hi, I'm Jordan Cannon and I'm a professional rock climber from Las Vegas. I specialize in multi-pitch climbing and big wall climbing and have been mostly living on the road in my van for the past 8 years. I'm one of the few gay professional climbers in the industry and am happy to answer any questions you may have about rock climbing, living on the road, or anything else related to being a professional climber. Transcript: "Hey everyone. My name is Jordan Cannon and I'm a professional rock climber based out of Las Vegas. Nevada. Although in all reality I really just collect my mail here. I only ever spend a few months out of the year on average. Most of the time I'm living in my van on the road, which I've done more or less full time for the past eight years climbing, in places like Yosemite Valley where I'm known for free climbing routes and I'll cap like Golden Gate in a day or doing big endurance. Link-ups, like the assembly Triple Crown, where you climb the three biggest walls in Yosemite Valley and less than 24 hours. I also enjoyed bouldering and Sport climbing but I'm definitely most specialized and tried climbing multi-pitch climbing and big wall climbing. So if you have any questions about that as well as living on the road or van life or even what it's like to be out in the climbing world. Since I'm one of the few gay, professional climbers in the industry. Please just send them my way. Thanks."