When Matty Hong sets out to accomplish something, like sending two 5.15a routes in Spain, there’s nothing that can stop him from attaining his goal.
During his spring trip to Spain, Hong applied himself to no end to make quick work of La Rambla in Siurana and Joe Mama in Oliana. Watch below.
'La Rambla' is complete, my second route of the grade (9a+ or 5.15a). 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 @margojain who will hop on the 🚂 shortly. Venga! // 📷 @greg_mionske
In a 2015, Hong did an interview with Moga Gear, where he said that his parents Steve Hong and Karin Budding introduced him to climbing at a young age.
“Both are still active climbers and my most consistent partners. I don’t remember when I started climbing, similar to how I don’t remember my first steps, but I know it’s always been a big part of my life and who I am.”
At the time, Hong had not climbed 5.15 and to the question “if you could give one piece of advice to a v15/5.15 crusher, what would it be?’ He said, “Check your ego; make sure you’re still having fun.”