I first tried Jaws in 2011 and quickly became obsessed with the route.
Every so often over the past few years I would think about the line and wish I was there trying it. Fortunately this fall I had some time and wanted more than anything to make an ascent of this beautiful sweeping piece of schist in the forest outside of Rumney, New Hampshire. Alex and I flew here in the middle of the month and I quickly set to work on the climb. I spent day after day trying to figure out the crux sequence but kept hiking out from the cliff unsure of what I was doing wrong.
I had thoughts of giving up but I decided the struggle would make it all the better in the end so I kept at it. I finally figured out the sequence that would work best for me and began making big links on the line! The end of the trip was fast approaching and I knew I would have to send soon! I spent two days falling off of the top and finally on October 30th, I managed to make the fifth ascent of Jaws II, 5.15a.
This marks my hardest sport climb to date and a dream realized, to climb both v15 and 5.15.
The psyche is high as I leave Rumney on a high note. I can’t wait for more! ~Paul Robinson, prAna Ambassador