American Matty Hong Sends La Rambla 5.15a
Top American climber Matty Hong has ticked La Rambla 5.15a in Siurana, Spain. The steep route, and one of the most repeated 5.15s, is found at the El Pati crag. After his send, Hong wrote on Instagram, “La Rambla is complete, my second route of the grade. However this time the number wasn’t as important for me.
“Climbing remains to be a confusing challenge that is different with every climb. I’ve pushed myself equally as hard on routes of a lesser grade. The satisfaction of this sport does not come in numbers but in the moment when you accomplish something you had to work hard for. I’m happy with my climbing and that’s where the pleasure comes from. Good times working this route with Jon Cardwell and Margo Hayes.”
La Rambla was first climbed by Alex Huber in 1994 as a 5.14c and in 2004, after over 40 tries, Ramon Julian Puigblanque made an extension by traversing into a neighbouring route. Puigblanque upgraded the original line to 5.15a where it has stayed for the past 13 years. The final extension does not change the grade.
The list of repeats include: Edu Marín in 2006, Chris Sharma in 2006 (a day after Edu Marín), Andreas Bindhammer in 2007, Patxi Usobiaga in 2007 (after nine tries), Adam Ondra in 2008 (after five tries), Enzo Oddo in 2011, Sachi Amma in 2012, Felix Neumärker in 2013, Sangwon Son in 2013, Alexander Megos in 2013 )second try), Daniel Jung in 2014, Jonathan Siegrist in 2015 and now Matty Hong. Watch Ondra on La Rambla below.