A meeting with climbing/caving legend Jan Conn

I had the honor and pleasure of getting to meet and play music for Jan Conn today, a true living legend in the climbing/caving world, a pioneer both of first ascents around the nation, as well as in ethics, ideology, and lifestyle. She’s been “on the road” following her bliss and passions since Jack Kerouac was a baby. I met her in the same tiny shack she’s been living in in the Black Hills without electricity or running water since the 40’s. Very few Americans have a lived a freer, more fulfilled and fearless life than Jan. She is 96 and still splits her own wood and lives self-sufficiently in the forest. For the phase of life I am entering, I could hardly think of a greater inspiration and role model. See this wikipedia article for more information on Jan and her life.

Published by mateomonk

I am a musican, poet, mystic, and nature lover who fled the east coast in 2020 to a ranch in Sundance Wyoming. I basically walked away from everything to live the life I want to live, cherishing the natural world, living close to Nature, diving deep into my soul, and expressing the journey through art and music. I will make my stand in God's country as the world turns to hell around me. The way out, is in.

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