posted by dpm on 08/30/2013
The beautiful Discovery Wall at the Fins, Idaho. Photo: Jstarinorbit
Jonathan Siegrist has established a new 5.14a route at the Fins in southern Idaho. His new route, Vesper, starts with the classic 5.12a Martini and then breaks right to follow six more bolts to the top of the wall. Jonathan describes it on Mt. Project as "Bold, difficult, technical and involved. This is a stunning route to the top of the breathtaking Discovery Wall. Expect small grips, thrilling run-outs and unique movement. It will leave a lasting impression on you, I promise."
This time last year, Siegrist was in the midst of his first trip to the Fins, an area that had been largely overlooked for potentially difficult routes. Last year he established Algorithm (5.14d), the hardest route in the state and one of the hardest in the country. He notes on his blog: "I've got a bunch more lined up, so I'm really hopeful that this will be a fruitful trip. Wish me luck!"
Climbing on the vertical and gently-overhanging terrain of the Fins should provide good training for the always-anticipated attempt on El Capitan's Dawn Wall this Fall. Siegrist, Tommy Caldwell, and Kevin Jorgenson are expected to head back up in October for another year of attempts at freeing every pitch. With multiple pitches of 5.14, including a pitch of 5.14d, the Dawn Wall will someday be the world's hardest big wall free-climb.