Herb and Jan Conn Inducted Into South Dakota Hall of Fame
Herb and Jan Conn are legendary climbers / cavers. They began their adventurous exploits in 1942 climbing at Carder Rock in Virginia. Herb was working at the Department of the Navy but spent his spare time with Jan exploring the rocks surrounding Washington DC. In a letter to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Mountaineering Section the Conns describe a visit to Seneca with Don Hubbard during World War II.
“Don and the two of us climbed the south peak on a gorgeous moonlit evening, carrying sleeping bags, and spent the night on the narrow summit ridge. Don woke up in the night to see the lower half of Jan’s bag flapping over the edge. But Jan was safely curled up in the top online casino half, still anchored to a piton in the rock.”
Herb and Jan made the first documented ascent of the routes Conns East and Conns West at Seneca Rocks.
In 1947 the couple moved to South Dakota where Herb found a job doing preservation work or as Herb put in in an interview with Climbing Magazine “filling cracks on Mount Rushmore”. They remained in South Dakota and continued their adventurous life style. In the 1960s they mapped miles of unexplored passages in South Dakota”s Jewel and Wind caves and put up many first ascents in the Needles.
Recently Herb and Jan were inducted in the South Dakota Hall of Fame. “Inductees are considered pioneers and outstanding leaders who have contributed to the development and heritage of South Dakota.”
Read more about the Conns induction into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in the Rapid City Journal and learn more about their life on the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Mountaineering Section website.