Jonathan Siegrist has been a huge force for bringing the mythical 5.14d (9a) grade to the U.S., where it has been relatively rare compared to Europe.
In recent years, he has completed first ascents of the 5.14d'sáShadowboxing in Rifle, La Reve in Arrow Canyon, andáPure Imagination in the Red River Gorge. Now, he has established the 40-meteráAlgorithm (5.14d) in the Fins, Idaho. This makes the first of the grade in the state. It is also unique in its style: just off vertical, technical crimping and pocket-pulling, and not the usual overhanging athletic pump-fest that define most routes of the grade. On his blog, Siegrist remarked that Algorithm is "One of the proudest FAs of my career. Stoked ... super stoked!"
This video really brings this climb, and climber, to life. Great work from 3 Strings Media: Andy Mann and frequent Rock and Ice photographer Keith Ladzinski.