Jordan Cannon is a 2024 Pathfinder Prize finalist and expedition climbing expert for “Beyond the False Summit: A Matterhorn Expedition to Unearth the Queer Pioneers of Alpinism.”
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Meet the Expeditioner
Jordan Cannon is a professional climber for Arc’Teryx who specializes in big-wall and traditional climbing. During college, Jordan decided to move into his van to dedicate his life to his sport, and quickly became a major player in the climbing world. Jordan brings a depth of professional knowledge and personal connection to the crew of Beyond the False Summit. Jordan has gained worldwide attention for historic first ascents in California, big free solos in the High Sierra, and “in-a-day” free ascents on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. On his most recent expedition to Pakistan, Jordan made the second-ever free ascent of “Cowboy Direct” on Trango Tower, a grade VII 32-pitch 5.13a at 20,469ft. Outside Magazine featured Jordan’s coming out story, which places him as one of the first openly gay male athletes in climbing history and a role model to many in the LGBTQ+ community. He’s been the subject of the films Free as Can Be and Wet Lycra Nightmare both directed by gay filmmaker Samuel Crossley.