Ben Spannuth has cranked out the second ascent of La Rêve (5.14d) in Nevada's Arrow Canyon. First climbed by Jonathan Siegrist in February of 2012, La Rêve climbs a striking 100-foot line out of a limestone cave in the Nevada desert. The route was likely the vision and work of the prominent Arrow Canyon developer Kristian Merwin.
"He had a great vision," commented Siegrist about Merwin's eye for La Rêve, "and in addition, left this rig untouched (no manufacturing) for the next generation."
Spannuth pieced together La Rêve (which means The Dream in French) over two weeks and managed to send the route on February 21st.
Spannuth is a Colorado transplant originally from Lafayette, Louisiana. He has onsighted 5.14a with El Gran Blau in Oliana, Spain, and has established his own 5.14—The Abyss—at 13,000 feet by handrilling the bolts on a beautiful spire in Colorado's Mount Evans.
Check out the amazing video below of Jonathan Siegrist making the first ascent of La Rêve (5.14d).
Le Reve - Jonathan Siegrist from MAXIM DYNAMIC ROPES on Vimeo.