Here is more information that Eric Hörst just sent me about Jon Hörst's ascent of God's Own Stone at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky.
Eric reports that Jon worked the route twice and "really struggled" on Friday. Then he came back fresh on Saturday and dialed the feet in before sending it on his fourth try.
"Of course," says Eric, "he had the advantage of Cameron's excellent beta from last year. Jon did everything pretty much the same, even though Jon is four inches shorter, but that means Jon had to do several semi-dynamic reaches that Cam could do statically. One difference is that Jon didn't skip the crux clip, which Cam scarily skipped to avoid stopping on a tiny hold."
"Jon trained for this route this winter," says Eric. "I knew he had the power and mind to do it this season, based on the targeted simulation training we did this winter. So once he had the feet figured out, it become a do-able send for him."
Lastly, Eric says, "This ascent was all self-motivated. Jon has been planning this for some time. Back on New Year's Eve, when we each make our goals list for the year, one of Jon's goals was to do God's Own Stone. He has been training for it and it was our plan to begin work on it this weekend and hopefully do it this spring sometime. Well, J-Beast took care of business quickly!"
Last year a couple kids--Brooke Raboutou from Boulder, Colorado and Tito, an Italian boy--made clean ascents of a 5.14a route at age 10 years 11 months, making Jon Hörst the new record holder for the youngest climber to climb a 5.14a route.
Photographs above: Jonathan Hörst climbed "God's Own Stone" at the Red River Gorge, becoming the youngest climber in the world to climb a 5.14a route. Photographs © Eric Hörst