Jonathan travels the USA and globe to repeat the hardest sport climbs anywhere, as well as establish his own timeless test pieces. He is like the energizer bunny of American sport climbing – a true 5.15 climber. Like most climbers who have tried MAXIM, he has stayed loyal to the brand because of the reliable performance of our ropes.
Birthday: August 27, 1985
Home town: Boulder, CO
Current home: Las Vegas, NV
Favorite MAXIM rope: Airliner!
"Climbing is my career, my passion, my community and my inspiration. I’m so incredibly grateful that I found this pursuit and that I’ve had the opportunity to chase this dream for so many years."
Tell us how and when you got into climbing?
I was introduced to climbing very young through my Dad, but it was not until I started college that I started pursuing climbing on my own. Originally I did it as cross training for downhill mountain biking but I loved climbing so much that I totally switched gears and dove in head first.
What do you think was the highlight of your climbing career (so far)?
Longevity… Passion and drive has kept me on the road and stoked for many years. My enthusiasm to be my personal best and always be discovering new challenges has not slowed down a bit!
What are you doing when you are not climbing?
Listening to music, spending a lot of time with my dog Zeke, exploring the mountains and the cities alike.
What is the soundtrack of your life (favorite song)?
Oophh too hard, new favorite song every few weeks!
Do you have any peculiar eating habits?
I smoother everything except dessert in hot sauce.
What stokes you the most?
New areas. Either just simply new to me, or brand new and undeveloped.
If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
Control the weather!
What was your favorite climbing adventure?
One of my first: climbing the La Esfinge in Peru with my Dad back in 2004.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a pro climber?
Driving a race car.
Country/City: Clark Mountain, CA.
Grade: 5.15 b
Length: 65 meters.
An absolute king line in an incredible, remote setting. The route requires a little of everything: power, stamina and intense mental fortitude.
Dunn Westby Direct
Country/City: Longs Peak, Colorado
Grade: 5.14a Traditional
Length: 900 feet.
A high altitude test piece with an 80meter crux pitch - above 13,000 feet. A very long day trying my ass off!
Country/City: Arrow Canyon, Nevada
Grade: 5.14d First Ascent.
Lenght: not known
One of many first ascents but this is my hardest first ascent to date, still unrepeated years later. A beautiful route in a very special place.
© Cameron Maier, Andy Mann