Jon Cardwell
Jon Cardwell
Athletes: Rock Climber

Jon Cardwell

Born: March 12, 1989
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Living: Boulder, CO
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Began Climbing: 2001

Jon Cardwell is a professional climber, climbing coach and route setter who resides in Boulder, Colorado. He has extensively traveled around the world to pursue adventure and climbing challenges. A huge part of his motivation in to travel to new places and explore their potential for new climbing. He has spent time developing new areas in South America, North America, Turkey, Europe and China.

With his knowledge of climbing over the past 15 years, which includes international podiums, national titles, multiple 9a ascents including over 100 other 8b+ and harder ascents, the 3rd ascent of "The Game" 8C along with dozens of problems 8B and harder, he has reserved a portion of time while at home to teach climbing and coach a youth team at his local climbing gym. Jon is one of the very few Americans to ever climb a 9a sport climb and 8C boulder problem.


Garbage Planet 9a (5.14d) Second Ascent, Rifle, Colorado — most difficult route in Rifle.

Bad Girls Club 9a (5.14d) 4th Ascent, Rifle, Colorado

KinematiX 9a (5.14d) Les Gorges du Loup, France — First 9a, 2008.

Southern Smoke Direct 9a (5.14d) Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Pure Imagination 8c+/9a (5.14c/d) Red River Gorge, Kentucky

Mission Impossible 8c+/9a (5.14c/d) 4th ascent, Clear Creek, Colorado

Mourning Glory 8c+/9a (5.14c/d) Second Ascent, Clear Creek, Colorado

Nastalgie 8c (5.14b) First Ascent, Rifle, Colorado

Coordinacion Formacion 8c (5.14b) First Ascent, Piedra Parada, Argentina

Over 100 5.14 ascents.

The Game 8C (V15) 3rd ascent, Boulder Canyon, Colorado — contender for one of the most difficult boulders in North America.

House in the Sky 8B+ (V14) First Ascent, Sierre Piadage, Brasil — contender for one of the most difficult boulders in South America.

Over 100 V12 and harder ascents.

1st place Di'Namik pro bouldering competition 2014, SLC, Utah

1st place Ring of Fire 2013, Hadley, MA

2nd Place Adidas Rock Stars 2012, Stuttgart, Germany

Finalist 2014 SCS National, Santa Ana, California

Finalist 2014 ABS National, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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