Fresh from the success of completing La Rambla, EpicTV Shop athlete Jonathan Siegrist moves onto a new challenge: "Power Inverter". Nestled in amongst the stunning scenery of Oliana in Catalonia, Spain, Jonathan finds himself getting a bit introspective in the quest to complete one of his hardest projects yet.
Breaking into a new sport climbing grade can be an incredibly difficult challenge, but consolidating that breakthrough can be even harder. Having climbed his first 9a+/5.15a "Realization/Biographie" in 2014, EpicTV Shop climber Jonathan Siegrist set his sights on another classic of the grade: Spain's "La Rambla."
Jonathan Siegrist has been battling with this route, "Le Cadre Nouvelle" (9a) since he arrived in Ceuse in May 2015. For Jonathan it has a little taste of everything, some sections suited him really well and others were very demanding.
Jonathan Siegrist is back from climbing in Europe and after taking time off with an injury he hops on his project, "Insurrection" (8c/5.14b) at Independence Pass, CO. The route has several sections where he's forced to get super stretched out and then violently cut his feet, all of which can potentially spit him off.
Der Bauch is an amazing climbing crag above Engelber, Switzerland with access to a handful of huge sport pitches from a ledge system that you have to approach through via ferrata and steep hiking. As soon as you leave the ground you have immense exposure and when you're topping out the 40 meter routes you have well over 300 meters of air below your ass.
Jonathan Siegrist doesn't necessarily 'live by the rules' - he lives in his car and climbs for a living. And now he's breaking the 'Speed' limit - climbing 'Speed Intégrale', 9a, Cedric Lachat's extension of Beat Kammerlander's classic test piece 'Speed', 8c+, in Voralpsee, Switzerland.
Jonathan Siegrist came to Europe with a few goals in mind. One of the foremost was to climb the world's first 9a+ in Céüse, France. He knew from the start that it wouldn't be easy. Over the course of four weeks he worked the route and prepared himself mentally and physically by keeping his hype high, eating lots of hard-boiled eggs, and enjoying the French countryside. He was rewarded for his perseverance when he became only the eight person in history to send the line first imagined by Jean-Christophe Lafaille and first actualized by Chris Sharma - Biographie/Realization 5.15a/ 9a+.
Start at the bottom of the mountain with La Sportiva Athlete Jonathan Siegrist (JSTAR) and follow his progression from repeating difficult lines around the world to bolting and establishing cutting edge routes of his own.
American climber, Jonathan Siegrist, embarks on a journey to France to pay tribute to the roots of modern sport climbing. After teaming up with Swiss superstar, Nina Caprez, the two climb the hardest routes the Verdon Gorge has to offer. Shortly thereafter, they stumble upon the greater meaning of climbing when they were least looking for it.