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Jon Siegrist’s Second Free Ascent of Colorado 5.14 at 4,200 metres

Jon Siegrist recently made the second ascent the Full Dunn/Westbay on Long’s Peak’s Diamond in Colorado. The 10-pitch 5.14a is one of the hardest routes at the elevation of 4,200 metres in North America. The first ascent was in 1972 by Bill Westbay and Jimmie Dunn by mostly aid climbing. In 2011, Josh Wharton freed parts of the original aid line at 5.13 but avoided the direct. The Full Dunn/Westbay frees the entire line in four 80-metre pitches. It is the most continuous crack on the Diamond.

Siegrist was going to be Tommy Caldwell’s partner for the first free ascent in 2013, but things did not work out as planned. You can read about the story by Siegrist here. Caldwell returned with Joe Mills and sent the line at 5.14a. Siegrist returned this August with his dad as his partner and sent the monster line. Watch Caldwell work the thin splitter below.

Tommy Caldwell on The Dunn-Westbay, 5.14 at nearly 14,000 feet from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.