Jonathan Siegrist has made the FA of Pure imagination at the Chocolate factory in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky. This crag is also home to the RRG's only other, and first, 9a, Adam Taylor's The Golden ticket, which saw it's 2nd ascent, by Ethan Pringle, a couple of days ago.
From Jonathan's most excellent blog: "...I climbed onto the route. The lower crux felt great, the following sections went smoothly and I perfectly timed my rests. The redpoint crux arrived and I felt prepared and psyched. I powered (probably over-powered) the finish, determined to clip chains... and I did. This route exhibits some incredible movement, and a lot of hard climbing. It's very bouldery, sharp, and crimpy. I thoroughly enjoyed climbing on this route, and I'm honored to have done it's first ascent. (Adam Taylor, who had been trying the climb for a while before I arrived, is close to sending, and was open and encouraging to me trying the climb- I'm am super grateful. Thanks again Adam.)"
Pure Imagination was Jonathan's 2nd ever 9a, the first being Tommy Caldwell's Kryptonite.
Jonathan Siegrist on Pure Imagination, 9a
Björn Pohl - UKC, Nov 2010
© Ethan Pringle