Climber Spotlight: Jonathan Siegrist

Traveling across the world and now North America, while living out of the luxuries of his Tacoma, professional climber Jonathan Siegrist (also know as J-Star) has been on an epic track of crushing hard climbs and spreading psych to us all.

In a past interview with La Sportiva, Jonathan shared that some of his lifetime climbing goals were:

To make a sizable contribution to route climbing in the US, travel the world, meet and exchange stories with amazing people, gather memorable experience and live to recount it all.

A look into the process of working Spectrum (5.14c)

Well, Jonathan has certainly stuck to those ambitions. Recently turning 29, Jonathan has racked up an impressive set of achievements in his past 10 years of climbing, while consistently contributing to the cultivation of the climbing community. After stumbling into the sport in 2004—first through bouldering as a form of cross-training for downhill mountain bike racing—Jonathan has quite literally embraced the world of rock climbing.

He has climbed over 400 5.13s, some of the world’s greatest and most challenging 5.14s, numerous beastly trad and big wall routes—oh and not to mention Biographie (the world’s first consensus 5.15a).

See the Story behind Jonathan Siegrist’s send of Biographie:

And today, Jonathan continues to climb hard, travel, and inspire stoke wherever he goes. Currently, J-Star is crushing in the Northeast. And here’s a little proof:

Watch his latest send of Livin’ Astro (5.14c) in Rumney, NH:

Thanks for the endless inspiration Jonathan! Keep living the dream!


Jonathan Siegrist is a professional climber, sponsored by Arc’teryx, La Sportiva, Metolius, Climb On!, Maxim Ropes, and Smith Optics. To learn more and explore his adventures, check out his blog, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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