Jonathan Siegrist has repeated Ramon Julian Puigblanque's La Rambla original, 9a+, at Siurana, Spain.
This was Jonathan's second of the grade, after Biographie at Céüse, which he climbed last summer.
14 March, one week after arriving in Spain, he wrote in his blog:
I came to Siurana specifically because I want to try and do La Rambla 9a+. It's a hard route, in a tough area. It's tall and involved and old school. It's awesome.
The, one week later, he did it!
I spent three months training, preparing and sacrificing for a single moment that came to pass this afternoon - topping out La Rambla in Siurana, Spain. Sends like this always feel so unpredictable, so fragile. To be finished is a huge relief, as any climber can relate to. I had a lot of support from friends and family on this one - during my training and during my climbing. Huge thanks everyone. So STOKED! Onward!!!
La Rambla was first climbed by Alexander Huber in 1994 after six weeks of hard work, giving it 8c+.
In 2003, Ramonet extended the route, needing 50 tries or so, and suggested 9a+, a grade that now seem to be the consensus, even though Alex Megos came very close to flashing it a couple of years ago.
Whether the extension really is that much harder than the original (I think the extension is actually called La Rambla original, which is more than a little bit confusing) is debatable according to people who know. My guess is Huber's original route is probably more 9a than 8c+.
So, anyway, good work Jonathan!