American climbers Jon Cardwell, Sean Bailey and Dave Graham are repping America well over in Spain! Check out what they’ve been up to:
Jon Cardwell, the 29-year-old climber and coach from Boulder, climbed his fourth 5.15a, with his send of Joe Mama in Oliana, Spain. Previously, Cardwell had climbed Biographie, Papichulo and La Rambla.
First climbed in 2016 by Klemen Bečan, who graded it 5.14d, the route was upgraded in 2016 when Chris Sharma made the second ascent and suggested 5.15. Cardwell is equally well-known for his impressive bouldering ticks. In 2013, he sent The Game, a Daniel Woods V15 in Boulder Canyon, Colorado.
The 2019 U.S. bouldering champion, Sean Bailey, also showed up psyched in Spain. Like Cardwell, he too can now add Joe Mama to his growing resume.
While the Seattle based climber is well-known for his comp climbing and bouldering, Bailey has proven himself to be just as strong outdoors. He climbed his first 5.15a, Biographie, last year, at only 20 years old!
Dave Graham has been a staple in the climbing community for the past two decades, establishing some seriously hardcore boulder problems and sport climbs all over the world. Most recently, he mosied over from Boulder to Siurana to contribute to the American climbing rampage in Spain, sending La Rambla, 5.15a.
Graham’s ascent is the 23rd of the famous route, established by Ramón Julián Puigblanque in 2003 as an extension to the original Alex Huber line.
Previously, Graham has sent other highly-sought after 5.15s such as Biographie and Thor’s Hammer, the latter in Flatanger, Norway. During his trip to Spain he has also been working on La Capella, an Adam Ondra 5.15b that he began projecting on his last visit to the country.
The now-37-year-old climbs V16—in 2016, he made the second ascent of Daniel Woods’ Creature from the Black Lagoon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.