Steepest 5.13a in the States? Jordan Cannon Climbs ‘Countdown to Ecstasy’

In this brief, send-y footage, the accomplished big-wall climber grinds out an epic, bolted roof in the Vegas hills.

Jordan Cannon is no stranger to styling some of the most heroic rock climbs in the States. Though many know him for his high-octane performances in Yosemite Valley, the truth is that JCann is one of today’s finest all-around ascensionists.

In this stripped-down edit from Arc’teryx, Cannon spiders his way across “Countdown to Ecstasy,” a powerful, primarily horizontal sport route in picturesque southern Nevada. “Countdown,” he notes, is “perhaps the steepest 13a in the country.”

Press play and hang on until the very end when to see him somersault off into the expanse.

Runtime: 4 minutes

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Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing — and life would never be the same. She now works as a contributor, gear tester, and editor for GearJunkie and other outlets within the AllGear family. She is based out of Atlanta, Georgia where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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