posted by dpm on 09/09/2011
I rolled into Colorado’s Rifle Mountain Park yesterday and immediately ran into Jonathan at the base of The Crew in the Wicked Cave. He shoed up, climbed fluidly to the third bolt, then threw a desperate dyno for a small slot. He missed, hit the end of the rope just a few feet above the ground, and lowered. I watched him repeat this act a few times before heading to another crag. Later that night, back at camp, someone asked, “Did you send?” After a few attempts, Jonathan had stuck the move and climbed to the top.
Siegrist has an odd way of working backwards at crags, often showing up and gunning for the hardest routes first and his trip to Rifle has been no exception. After claiming the second ascent of Bad Girls Club last week he simply moved his rope bag to the 5.14c to the right and got to work. Jonathan had this to say about the route:
The Crew is historically important and a true canyon test-piece. That is usually what interests me in a route. I also wanted to get a better perspective on the difficulty of Bad Girls Club. The Crew was originally graded 5.14b but has shed some holds over the past years and been upgraded. It felt hard man, like hard for 5.14c!
I was really psyched to send it. It was a challenge. It's a completely different style than Bad Girls Club and I think in a way it challenged me more. It has lots of Rifle trickery with very tall climbing and bouldery movement. Bad Girls Club is more straight forward and suited me as it’s fitness climbing mostly.
Stay tuned for a more in depth interview with Jonathan Siegrist and keep an eye on his blog where he will certainly add more of his thoughts on the climb. Also check out Adam Taylor's thoughts on The Crew in this 2008 DPM interview.
Jonathan Siegrist. Photo: Arcteryx