With international travel out in 2020, Jonathan Siegrist of Las Vegas looked to the bounty of rock in America, establishing three 5.15s in one year. First was the upside-down enduro One Hundred Proof (5.15a) in the Clear Light Cave at Mount Potosi, Nevada, in February. Then, in October, came the fingery 16-bolt Nu World (5.15a/b) at a new cliff near Las Vegas. In November, it was Full Metal Brisket (5.15a), a heinous, bouldery extension to the classic 5.13b Pod at the Coliseum, Summersville Lake, West Virginia.
The most difficult, Nu World, is a mere appetizer for harder projects at the limestone cliff, location under wraps while Siegrist and Alex Honnold are developing it. Since Nu World was one of the “easier-looking” lines, that won’t be a problem for most of us.