/ THE LOWDOWN: VIDEO: Jonathan Siegrist climbs Le Reve, 9a/+
He also talks about his climbing, what motivates him these days and tiny horses.
The route, which apparently is 100% natural, looks really nice, and quite difficult....
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Point 1: Its strange to here a route being preclaimed as 100% natural when it has bolts in it
Point 2: If the route gets extra quality points for not having chipped or modified holds (which is what i assume he means by 100% natural) then it make me wonder how many US routes are manufactured.
He means natural holds. It's a given that bolts are drilled and are quite acceptable by most.
Many hard routes of that grade all over the world, Europe, USA etc have artificial or modified holds. This happens less these days. Jonathan was making the distinction that this particular route has had no hold modification, contrasting to the hard routes at the nearby Hood at Mt. Charleston that is a chipped/drilled fest. I've been to both areas, in fact both, Arrow Canyon and The Hood are covered in the Rockfax guidebook Islands in the Sky ( http://www.rockfax.com/climbing-guides/all/las-vegas-limestone-islands-in-the-sky/ )
I wouldn't worry about it too much, just enjoy the free video and get out this weekend.
Looks awesome. Very impressive!
There's another nice video of him on some route called New World Order that popped up as an option once I had finished watching that one. Worth a look.
Well put :)
Nice vid and a quality looking route, although the commentary went a bit Elton John at the end...My gift is my route and all that.
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