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Jonathan Siegrist climbing Speed, Voralpsee, Switzerland
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Jonathan Siegrist climbs Speed Intégrale at Voralpsee

05.07.2014 by Planetmountain

American climber Jonathan Siegrist has repeated Speed Intégrale 9a at Voralpsee, Switzerland.

What do you do if you've just sent your long-term project, still have time on your hands and another secret dream? You go and realise it! This is exactly what Jonathan Siegrist must have thought; at the start of June the American had managed to redpoint Biographie at Ceüse and after hanging around in France for another 10 days he decided he wanted to make the most of his form elsewhere. He therefore made his way, somehow, to Switzerland's tiny but extremely intense crag Voralpsee where he repeated Speed, the superb testpiece climbed years ago by Beat Kammerlander and graded 8c+. Still fresh, Siegrist continued past the first chain, past what he describes as the boulder section crux, to finish the extension called Speed Intégrale and graded 9a by the first ascentionist Cédric Lachet in 2010.

Apart from the performance, what is positive is the approach of this globetrotting climber who stated. "Truly with no plans, no partners, no place to stay, I quested towards this place and through a series of random encounters and dumb luck / good fortune I made some friends, found a place to crash and got some belays on this amazing cliff. Many rad people reached out to help me and I feel super super stoked for this!"

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