Jonathan Siegrist climbs Jumbo Love, his first 9b

Third ascent for the first of this grade in USA

18 May 2018
Third ascent of the first 9b in USA thanks Jonathan Siegrist that resolved Jumbo Love in Clark Mountain, California.

It was 2008 when Chris Sharma was able to introduce a new grade, 9b, resolving an incredible route, Jumbo Love, a very long mix of power and endurance. Then just Ethan Pringle did it and now Jon was the third American.

“I’m really excited. It’s a route I’ve wanted to do for a long time. In all honesty it’s a route I never imagined i’d be able to do . But it definitely inspired me for a long time. I remember seeing the magazine covers of Chris Sharma ten years ago. It’s quite surreal honestly. I tried the route in April of 2016. I can’t remember exactly, but I think I probably spent about ten days trying it. Something like that. And, in all honesty, I was trying the route because I was really fond of being in Las Vegas, and I had heard a lot about it, and I just figured why not check it out. At that point I had climbed a couple of 15a’s so thought it might be time to try something harder.”

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