Jonathan Siegrist has established a new 5.15 out in the the Clear Light Cave southwest of Las Vegas. “One Hundred Proof’ 15a is one of the hardest routes I’ve climbed in quite a while,” Siegrist wrote on Instagram to announce his new rig at Mt. Potosi.
He had been working on the project this winter along with the slightly easier Smoke Wagon (5.14d), another FA he completed at the beginning of the month. Smoke Wagon was a project bolted by Andy Raether.
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Siegrist wrote about his battle with the new 5.15a: “I’ve been inching my way higher and higher on this monstrous route over the last 2 weeks, but the process really started over a month ago trying hard on its easier sibling ‘Smoke Wagon’. Yesterday I finally hung on for the ride and took this bastard to the chains!”
Last March Siegrist gave the Clear Light Cave its first 5.15 when he climbed All You Can Eat. On that route the “finishing boulder problem at the lip of the cave is a pretty heinous double mono crux,” Siegrist told Rock and Ice at the time.
Siegrist redpointed one 5.15a and one 5.15b in each of the past two years. He’s part way there to keeping that streak alive in 2020—or bettering it—after One Hundred Proof. To be determined what 5.15b’s (or 5.15c’s??) he might have his eye on for the year!