Here's my quick inventory of likely 9a(14d) and harder routes in the US:
Kryptonite, The Fortress CO, Caldwell, 1999 Repeat by Adam Stack according to "original" sequence, 14c/d, Hirayama by "new" sequence
Flex Luthor, The Fortress CO, Caldwell, 2003 Unrepeated, possibly harder, likely hardest in US
Jaws II, Rumney NH, Vorotnikov, 2007, Unrepeated, claimed 15a, bouldery
Psychedelic, Gorilla Cliff, UT, Graham, 2001, 14c/d, very short V13 crux followed by 13a also unrepeated
Graham's hybrid route/boulder problem The Fly at Rumney I am removing from consideration since it has seen a number of repeats, including a near-flash by Chris Sharma.
Is this an indication of just how far the bouldering trend has gone? In Europe it appears that there are dozens of routes at the grade in all sorts of places from Spain to Germany. Are American climbers unable or unwilling to put in the hard work for the big lines of the future?
After all when you can get your video on MVM for tacking on 3 traverse moves to a roadside V10 in Boulder Canyon, why bother searching for the bigger fish? This is not to diss Ty who is a superb climber but a media scene that underplays the significance of routes. Is Joe Kinder the only climber left who puts on a harness? Obviously not but recently one is left wondering...
Speaking of putting in routes, Justin Sjong was kind enough to let me put up a problem at the Spot, a nice little 4- on the Font boulder. And since an unnamed employee mentioned the possibility of blogging about problems at the Spot, as I have done before, I will again. I look forward to doing much more at CATS as well.