Jesse Grupper goes on the road to send his first .14a, and win his first youth nationals.
I have been on the road for a while…At the beginning of my summer, I went on my annual trip to the Red River Gorge. I’m super excited to say that I sent my first 5.14a, Omaha Beach, after only four tries! A couple of days later I flashed Angry Birds, 13c, as well as Dirty Smelly Hippie, a 13b! I also had fun slab climbing and sent You Take Sally, 5.11d, my hardest slab send to date! This was amazing for me! I can’t remember having so many amazing sends in the hottest months of the year. And my success didn’t stop then! I then traveled with my team to Youth SCS Nationals, one of my favorite competitions of the year. For four days I worked my butt off climbing against some of the strongest competitors in the country. I’m super psyched to report that I won Nationals for the first time in six years! I actually did so well that I would’ve beaten all of the Junior competitors, who are one to two years older than me, as well! Therefore, I qualified to be on the National Team! I’m now eligible to compete in Worlds as well as Pan-Ams.