Coincidence - La Sportiva athlete Joe Kinder doesn't think so...
This video is of footage of a profound year in rock climbing for me. I have accomplished major goals that I have had for years and I am proud to have this high quality segment of some of them. It is a great honor to represent the best shoe company in the world and with these proper tools I am more confident in my future goals. THANKS to La Sportiva.
The first route is a Randy Leavitt Route called Jumbo Pumping Hate, which is at Mount Clark, California. The route sits directly left of the notorious Jumbo Love (5.15b) that was climbed last year by Chris Sharma. It is the best 5.14a I have ever climbed and enjoyed the intensity in doing it quickly. There are two major cruxes and LOTS of air below you which adds to the entire experience. This area as a whole is a very inspirational place due to the location and the immensity of the cliffs. They are HUGE with shields of solid white limestone. You are lucky to see another person up there and respect anyone that makes the effort being in the middle of the desert off of a arduous 4X4 road.
The second is a unique V10 boulder problem in Castle Rock, Idaho. It’s a granite roof with holds and gymnastic climbing which is very rare when it comes to the medium of granite. I enjoyed the aesthetics of this one and had to include it.
Bovice (V12) is a first ascent I made in Southern Utah. I put about five sessions into this one and completed it right before the temperatures in the desert got above 100 degress. There are many moves and climbs similar to a route, with a few defined cruxes where you fall near the end. It feels like you should be clipping bolts on this line since it is so long. When I completed this route it was late at night and I topped out in the dark.
And… The last route in the video is one of my hardest yet. I called this route The Re-Up and graded it 5.14d. This is a very challenging route with one rest separating two 14b/c sections. The Re-Up is an important route to me in from the effort it required, the fact that I equipped it, and the continuous-bouldery-style. The Re-Up was a great experience from putting in the bolts to clipping the chains and will remain one of my best efforts.