Jonathan Siegrist crushes Rumney classic
Jonathan Siegrist sends the Rumney, New Hampshire classic Livin’ Astro 5.14c on his second try.
Livin’ Astro by Mountain Project:
Livin’ Astro is perhaps the most stunning and Aesthetic line in the entire east. Before the holds on Jaws were broken in 2006, this was the hardest route east of the Mississippi. It was climbed in 2005 by Dave Graham.
Livin’ Astro is easily recognized by its stark and intimidating 45-degree black arete, which appears to be void of holds and absolutely impossible to ascend. As is the case with many lines at Rumney, Livin’ Astro holds extremely bouldery sequences separated by decent rests.
Start by climbing That Crack, working up past stances where the first three bolts can be clipped. Bust out on to the arete proper using a left hand crimp and right heel hooks, navigating past poor pinches and micro edges. After clipping the fifth bolt, make a big move to a cutout block on the corner, which holds a sloper that allows for a quick shake. This deposits you at the first crux: a leftward traverse on a slopey crimp rail involving heel hooks, toe hooks, and a huge body tension intensive crossover move to a sidepull.
After gaining a massive rest jug and recovering to your hearts content, the final boulder problem crux can be mounted. Match a poor undercling and reach up to a left hand mono-stack, busting out right to the arete and making a final big move to the slopey lip where the anchors can be clipped.