How 5.15's are there in the US now?

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How 5.15's are there in the US now?

Post by climb2core » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:27 pm

Just curious if anyone knew of any source that has compiled the hardest climbs in the US?

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Re: How 5.15's are there in the US now?

Post by dustonian » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:36 pm

I think there are now 4-1/2: Jumbo Love 15b (Clark Mtn), Flex Luthor 15a (Fortress of Solitude), Jaws II 15a (Rumney) Southern Smoke Direct 15a (RRG), and Le Reve 14d/15a (Arrow Canyon), but there could be more.

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Re: How 5.15's are there in the US now?

Post by climb2core » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:39 pm

http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/Nort ... 09982.html

Apparently there is now a 5.15d in Texas put up by Ralph Vega.

Ha ha. Grades must be soft in Texas.

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Post by dustonian » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:41 pm

LOL I started climbing there... the upper half of the classic 10c on that wall fell off a few years back so they must be getting desperate for "new terrain".

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Re: How 5.15's are there in the US now?

Post by One-Fall » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:13 pm

Dustin, that was one of my home crags too. I loved those climbs they mentioned.

While its not established yet, once Adam clips the chains on his new project, a new 15 will be born.
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Post by heavyc » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:18 pm

I suspect if Jonathan Siegrist finishes the Vader project this springl there will be another, if those two if's occur I suspect the Red would have to be the leader in North American 5.15's at one area

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Post by climb2core » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:20 pm

heavyc wrote:I suspect if Jonathan Siegrist finishes the Vader project this springl there will be another, if those two if's occur I suspect the Red would have to be the leader in North American 5.15's at one area

I read on his blog that some holds broke and he thought it would go at 5.15, but then Dave Graham found an easier sequence and the consensus was to downgrade to 14d.

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Post by dustonian » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:21 pm

Sounds like J-Star's kind of over the Red and heading to France. I suspect he'll be back for more in the fall tho...

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Re: How 5.15's are there in the US now?

Post by stix » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:52 pm

the vader project didn't really pan out as he planned. the sequence jonathan was using seemed super hard but forced. i'm pretty sure adam had tried the line prior to jonathan and felt like you could escape to darth moll or american dream in various places. dave went up the route and quickly found that you could avoid most of seigrist's cruxes. jonathan got super bummed and even moved a coupla the bolts to force the harder sequence, but it didn't really work. he left the red within a matter of hours.
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Post by stix » Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:54 pm

i also doubt that spring conditions in the red would be very conducive to a line like that
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