F... the system 9a by Jonathan Siegrist

16 April 2022

Jonathan Siegrist continues striking in Santa Linya doing his fifth 9a over just three weeks, Fuck The system (9a). "Barely pulled this one off in the final days of my trip with horrible conditions. SO happy. For sure easier than the other 9a I did, but also one of the best for movement."

In total, the 36-year-old has now done 60 routes 9a and harder which makes him #6 on that list. Interesting is that he did his first 9a at age 24 and that his last year is his best year ever after almost twelve years of continuous progress. He is #2 in the 8a ranking game after Adam Ondra. In other words, Jonathan is a great example of a late bloomer.

Below is how he two weeks ago explained his great progress lately. The picture is from last autumn. "I worked really hard for the last 4 years to address some of my weaknesses with training and also with the projects I choose outside which definitely helped me make some progression! Also as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to be more patient, rest more, and take really good care of myself. But ultimately it’s not much about how ‘strong’ I am (actually I am super weak when compared to top climbers!), it’s more about just prioritizing being outside and climbing on rock a muerte as much as possible."

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