Siegrist climbs Golden direct, 9aby Björn Pohl - UKC Apr/2011
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Jonathan Siegrist has made the 3rd ascent of Joey Kinder's Golden direct, 9a, at the Cathedral, north west of Las Vegas.
On his blog, where you can read the full story, he describes the route:
Golden Direct takes the dramatic center line out of the Cathedral. It begins with a pleasant 11+ and a decent shake before firing immediately into a bouldery and run-out 13b, which meets with 'Golden' at a poor rest. From here the route enters a long power endurance section, highlighted by big, sequential moves and another thrilling run-out. This section finishes with a difficult seeping undercling clip and another poor rest. From here the rock quality improves to near perfection as you enter a stout boulder problem on tufas and bullet grey limestone featuring small pitches and pockets - ending with a desperate slap to a awkward ledge. Another crappy rest here before a final boulder problem finishing with an awesome and dramatic lunge for the summit of the cave. The route is truly incredible! It's exhausting to climb and brilliant to look at.
Chris Sharma made an impressive 2nd try ascent back in the early fall of 2008.
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