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Jon Cardwell gets 2nd Ascent of Saddhu (V14) at The Temple
often trains quietly by himself in the widespread crags of New Mexico and rarely mentions his accomplishments except to a few close friends. His skills have become evident this past week, on November 20th, when he made the second ascent of Timmy Fairfield's "Saddhu" (V14) at The Temple just outside his home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. "The climb is long and involved power endurance. It's a V13 boulder to a small rest into a V11 boulder. The incredible strange crux sequence involved spinning around 180 degrees then hand-foot matching your heel hook on a half pad crimper." Jon describes The Temple as a good training crag for Rifle, as the limestone features are very similar. "In New Mexico I have no one to climb with and this was a good area to climb by yourself since the landings are flat and the approach is only five minutes. I slowly worked my way through the classic climbs, "Fai Gai" (V11), "Left Ling Chi" (V13/14), "Shi Toma" (V12) and many more. It was only in the last month that I had the vision for Saddhu." Jon recently visited Denver, Colorado for the North American Continental Championships where he was called off the finals route in error by the judge. Jon was not one to make a scene over the error so he vented his frustration on the hot new line in Clear Creek Canyon, "Dark Waters" (V12/13), sending the problem in only two days.
Nick of LC
That's right Jon. Good job.
you da man jonny boy!
Awesome. Now it's time to graduate from high school and leave NM!
Sasha Digiulian (f)
Nice job Jon. Keep it up man.
Big Up! Was out climbing wit ya 2day and you didn't even tell me. Double respek+doulbe nipple cripple for not keepin me up on current events!