/ NEWS: Adam Ondra - F9a - Second Go
Adam climbed this F9a route on his second try.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=49307
Amazing stuff! Between him and Patxi it can't be long before 9a gets onsighted surely.
The skinny kid is getting muscles now!
Aargh! and is that a pinky mono?!
He seems to be racking up F9as with apparent ease these days. I wonder when he is going to raise the bar and bring F9b into regular use ?
Probably when he starts actually trying?
Yeah, I noticed that too. Who knows what he'll be climbing in a couple of years when he is fully grown!
> Aargh! and is that a pinky mono?!
Looks like a ring finger mono, equally horrifying! eek
It's actually his third finger but of course still mightily impressive on a wall that steep.
the kid is clearly capable of 9b and more if he can do 9a second go - would love to see how he would get on with Chilam Balam.
does he bother with 8a's anymore?
So he's made a really fast repeat of one of Markus Bock's hardest routes... he's probably just a liar and a cheat then.
haha - I have a feeling even MB might believe this one!
9a onsite must be just around the corner now surely? It's so hard I can't even fathom what that these routes must be like. So strong, so cool.
I read something a while back about the last new bread of climbers that suggested many have actually, at least in the short term, lost a bit of form as they bulk out in their late teens. Can't remember the names of the climbers involved but I have a feeling it was on here.
Sharma and many others prove otherwise I guess, though he wasn't such a skinny youth as Ondra was he?
Bloody amazing, if he'd cut his hair he'd probably have got it first time
Bottom left hand picture... a young popeye for sure! He's just missing a pipe and an anchor tattoo. 9A will surely go onsight if he starts on the spinach.
the Kid is obviously on fire, and is an amazing talent, BUT, how is this news?
9a has been climbed before, has it not, admittedly not onsighted, or even flashed,before(that I'm aware of), but then Adam Ondra hasn't actually managed either of those standards, yet(as others have said - probably won't be long!).
I mean, 9a, second go. It's just not news.
Congratulations Adam on yet another amazing ascent, and I wish you the best of luck on any further projects.
Yup, if he'd onsighted a loose E8, that'd be a different matter! ;-)
And I didn't say I wasn't impressed, I am extremely impressed, probably just had a bad morning...
There have been very few ascents of this grade in a day, let alone two goes.
My reading is that he tried it onsight, fell off, lowered, pulled the ropes, and ticked it second go.
wow...... he's climbed some thing unfathomably hard 2nd go, thats mental really well done adam, keep it up
> My reading is that he tried it onsight, fell off, lowered, pulled the ropes, and ticked it second go.
Why would you think that? Once you've blown the onsight/flash, what reason is there to lower down on a sport route? Unless for some reason it's hard to get back on the rock again, most people would dog up to the top, learning the moves on the way.
I think its interesting (and bizarre) that people have become so desensitised to these amazing achievements that they could suggest they aren't news!!
My jaw drops when I think of how physically and mentally difficult it must be to perform such a staggering feat - until 9a has been onsighted a few times this really is news in my opinion.
For what its worth (FA actually, but there you go!!) and potentially to generate a bit of discussion, my interpretation of whats newsworthy in sport climbing terms goes a little like this:
- 'normal' redpoint: 9a+ and above
- fast repeat, ~2 tries: 9a and above
- onsight or flash: 8c+ and above
British climbers (except Steve McClure ;-p ):
- 'normal' redpoint: 8c and above
- fast repeat, ~2 tries: 8b+ and above
- onsight or flash: 8b and above
BTW The above isn't the usual 'diss' of British standards it's just that I, and I'm sure a lot of other people, am more interested in what british climbers are doing.
Actually, I said it isn't new, not it isn't news. Not really interested in discussing what should be news. Sorry!
i agree....also keep in mind Markus Bock is a local there and no slouch....would be interesting to know how long it took him to do the FA.
> Yeah, I noticed that too. Who knows what he'll be climbing in a couple of years when he is fully grown!
Probably Trad !
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