Date of birth: August 27, 1985

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Current Residence: Nomadic

Where to call home : Boulder; Las Vegas; Barcelona

Height: 5'5 in

Ape Index: +1.5 inches

Profession: Sport Climber; Trad; Big Walls; Bouldering

"The top of my mountain would be when I'm 60 and looking back and seeing that I made a contribution. I don't need to be the best, I don't need to be like the top competitor. I don't need to be number one. I don't care about any of that. I just want to give back. I want to be a part of the story. My mountain is making a contribution."



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Jonathan Siegrist on Biographie 5.15a

"I wanted this route more than I've wanted anything in my life. I want to add some of the hardest sport routes in the U.S., and with my routes La Lune and La Reve, I speculated they could be 5.15, but I didn't know. I thought Biographie would give me a respectable benchmark so I wouldn't have to speculate about grades. Ok, now I know what this difficulty feels like."

Jonathan Siegrist on La Reve 9a+ FA

"It was the whole experience of climbing the route and finding a next-level challenge for myself that was the dream. Plus, of course. the route itself is awesome. It was my hardest in large part because it became harder and harder to keep falling over and over. I had to swallow my poride and realize that it could take awhile, and I might not succeed. I had to commit like never before. So happy that I did."

Jonathan Siegrist on Algorithm 5.14d FA

"The wall has a nice combination of pockets and edges, some slopey, some sharp. The fact that its dead vertical maybe slightly overhanging at times is really what makes it stand out. That and it's size. Algorithmm is 40 meters of climbing ! Algorithm is the king line at the Fins, Idaho "

Jonathan Siegrist on Pure Imagination 5.14d

"After some easy initial climbing, the route fires directly into a very serious boulder problem on thin, very sharp edges, finishing with a wild all-points off sideways dyno. From here the route carries on difficult lock-offs on crimps and pockets to surprisingly frequent, albeit worsening rests. Towards the top lies the longest section of uninterrupted hard climbing that finishes with a reachy, shouldery lock-off (redpoint crux). There is a solid rest at the final boltnbefore you climb a series f pockets and long moves guarding the chains."


Jonathan Siegrist on Le Cadre Nouvelle 9a

" It's a beautiful and varied route and moreover it was tough style for me, which is always rewarding. The crux is a jump off sloping edges with really poor feet. Not a huge dyno, but it's super powerful and requires subtlety."