MAJOR VIDEO: Adam Ondra - Chilam Balam and La Planta... 9b

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jun/2011
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Black Diamond have just released another stunning video on their Vimeo Page. The latest film is of Czech climber Adam Ondra, making fast ascents of two of the world's hardest sport routes.

For more background on the ascents check the UKC News Links: Chilam Balam and La Planta de Shiva.

Adam Ondra on La Planta de Shiva 9b, 131 kbAdam Ondra on La Planta de Shiva 9b
© Black Diamond

Black Diamond introduce their film:

" Adam Ondra went on something of a tear the first four months of 2011—in case you were living in a dumpster and didn't hear the news. 8c+ onsights, 9b redpoints—sometimes both in the same day.

After his northern Spain rampage, he headed down to southern Spain with his father to have a go at Chilam Balam, a wildly overhanging, 80-plus meter long, traversing route that was famously graded 9b+ by its first ascentionist, Bernabe Fernandez. It had never seen a repeat—until Adam showed up and dispatched the stunning line in a handful of tries (check out the rowdy runouts when he starts skipping clips!).

Next up was an undone project to the right: a tufa and micro-crimp line that would prove to be more demanding than its well-known neighbor. Adam eventually redpointed the line, naming it La Planta de Shiva and grading it 9b. Two weeks... two of the hardest sport climbs in the world dispatched.

When Adam told us he was heading down to try Chilam Balam and La Planta de Shiva we dispatched Bernardo Gimenez to document the action, sure that Adam would—again—pull off a stunning performance.

Below is Bernardo amazing video that captures both 9b ascents. Epic, epic EPIC! If this doesn't get you psyched, go back to your dumpster. "

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VIDEO: Adam Ondra - 9bs

Adam Ondra is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Montura, La Sportiva, Bealand Hudy Sports


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