It’s been a little while since we checked in with Jonathan Siegrist who is still hanging out down in the Las Vegas area. Since his repeat of Necessary Evil (5.14c) he spent some time cleaning up a few remaining climbs around the Virgin River Gorge as well as in Red Rocks.
With temps down low getting a bit out of hand Siegrist moved to higher ground and set to work on Joe Kinder’s Golden Direct (5.14d) at the Cathedral in southern Utah. Golden Direct adds some 5.13 climbing straight into Golden (5.14b) to to yield a route that is “truly incredible” according to Siegrist. After making slow progress initially, Siegrist was able to put things together for the route’s likely 3rd ascent (2nd being Chris Sharma).
Check out Siegrist’s blog for the full rundown on the experience which includes props to Joe Kinder for putting up routes like this.