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J-Star is Livin’ Astro (5.14c)

Jonathan Siegrist makes short work of Livin' Astro (5.14c), sending it in just two tries.

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Jonathan “J-Star” Siegrist has sent the famed Livin’ Astro (5.14c) in Rumney, New Hampshire, in just two tries.

“After my first try I was still a little worried about the dynamic finish,” Siegrist wrote in an e-mail to Rock and Ice, “but I felt pretty confident in my chances of getting up there.”


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Homeboy Matt McCormick enjoys perfect conditions out here at Rumney on Rhythm X. @lasportivana

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Siegrist’s Instagram photo of his climbing partner Matt McCormick on Rhythm X at Rumney.

Rumney is known for short, bouldery routes. The seven-bolt Livin’ Astro, up a 45-degree black arête, is characterized by two cruxes involving heel and toe hooks, slopers, micro edges and poor underclings.

“It’s a departure from my usual stylethis place is essentially bouldering on a rope,” wrote Siegrist, “which is cool and challenging.”

At Rumney, Siegrist also completed two 5.14a’s, Parallel Universe and Cold War; Concrete Jungle (5.13c); a 5.13b/c, Rhythm X; and two 5.13b’s, Coral Sea and Cote d’Azure.

About his future plans, Siegrist wrote, “There’s a few more hard routes I’d love to try to finish at Rumney. Then, weather permitting, I’m really stoked to explore more of New England before I make my way to West Virginia.”

The schist area of Rumney contains almost 1,000 routes, most of them sport.

Dave Graham established Livin’ Astro in 1999.

Prior to visiting Rumney, Siegrist, who is from Estes Park, Colorado, spent a few days at Lion’s Head, Ontario.

“I loved Big Kahuna (5.13d) on the Lost at Sea ledge,” Siegrist wrote on Arcteryx’s blog. “The Fin (5.12b) was another one of my favorites. Only a few years old, it’s a testament to the fact that high quality is still being found.

“Everything I did there was great.”

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Day one in Lions Head, Ontario. Kinda sick. #showusyourbird @arcteryx

Lion’s Head

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Siegrist in his first day at Lion’s Head