8 December 2023

Hörst and Kinder send One Hundred Proof, calling it 9a

Cameron Hörst and Joe Kinder have made the first repeats of Jonathan Siegrist’s One Hundred Proof (9a+) in Mount Potosi, both suggesting 9a, due to newly found knee bars.

Kinder: Good times sessioning with CAMADOHN. Got through the bottom crux and rallied to the top! Basic moves, pump, rests and simple style. Good for the old folks I’m guessing. 9a is best since there’s knees and modern climbs call for modern tactics. Double send day for Cam and me!!!!!

Hörst: ”One Hundred Proof” has been a route that I’ve always had plans of trying to do. It is a somewhat well known J star FA in the Vegas/ Southwestern USA climbing scene. What made it stand out to me is that it has been left unrepeated for the last few years since the FA. This climb got its long-awaited second ascent! I am suggesting a down grade because a few days before I sent, I found a new knee bar rest that definitely lowered the intensity of the climb a bit. I thought that since some crucial hands and feet broke off while I was climbing on it, the breakage would potentially even out the difficulty with the new knee. I really wanted this climb to remain 9a+ but in the end I still think the route is probably just really solid 9a (the way I did it). And personally one of the harder 9a's I've done since its style is not my forte lol.

I’m super appreciative of Andy Raether and J star’s vision on this route and hope it gets more attention in the future!

How did you cooperate for the send?
Kinder: Cam and I have been climbing together pretty frequently over the past 2 1/2 years. I’ve seen him progress immensely which is super inspiring and our partnership (as climber and friends) is a fruitful one. Cam’s a rare one in terms of the current generation. He has a lot of perspective and a good value set as he grew in a climber family with Eric Horst as his father. He has a good head on his shoulders, and I learn a lot from him… He keeps me as young as I can get ha ha ha!!!I’m grateful to have had all of the time climbing together. We have similar visions, philosophies, and approach to hard climbing, and that camaraderie is unique. He pushes me and I push him. What’s better than that?

Hörst: After spending a month trying a limit project with Joe Kinder in the Utah Hills (outside of Saint George) I felt like it was in great shape for a long, endurance route like One Hundred Proof.

I went down to Vegas and spent a week and a half climbing at Mt. Potosi with friends such as Alex Honnold and Joe. It was quite surreal that I was able to get the second ascent and then later that day belay Joe on the third! Not very often does that happen.
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