/ THE LOWDOWN: VIDEO: 9a's by Ondra and Gelmanov
What's rather unusual about Adam's ascent is that it was bolted ground up. I don't know if this has ever been...
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I'm guessing that's a strict local ethic or something, otherwise it's weird.
The ground-up ethics is strictly enforced. A really hard route for its time that was put up ago on the German side was chopped and stricken from the guide- and history-books after some evidence was found that a part of the route was practiced on top rope before bolting.
It's a hard ethic to get my British/Scandinavia head around - not quite sure why two holes are better than one. But then in the UK we insist of leaving numerous rusting pegs and nuts tied together with rotted hanks of rope for abseil stations, rather than two nice neat bolts, and that doesn't make a lot sense either!
Having broken a drill bit drilling soft wood on sunday, I can imagine flying off with a drill in your hand means going through rather a lot of drill bits!
No, you end up with long, interestingly bolted routes. The route as a general rule has to get to the top or it is not accepted as a route and the bolts removed (at least on the German side and the rules are similar over the border).
There are lots of rules governing the sandstone in the Elbenstein. Bolting to the level of creating what are essentially sports routes has only recently been tolerated at all.
The normal ethic is to climb up isolated towers with no pedestrian access to the summit using no metal protection or chalk.
The film The Sharp End has a really good section with some American climbers visiting the Czech Republic. It explains that trad gear is banned because the rock is so soft, they either use knotted slings (!) or bolts for protection. It has some footage of a local climber trying a F8b+ish route ground up, it's very impressive.
Yeah that's palm wetting stuff watching Honnold climbing that 5.14 sandstone pillar.
As for this, looks like a good way to impale yourself on a drill!
"The name of the new route is To tu jete nebylo and it's located in the Elbe valley in the Czech Republic."
Well, it's in the Labe valley if it's in the Czech Republic and the name is something along the lines of "It hasn't happened yet", so maybe that also is "preliminary"!
Surely the Elbe is the Czech / German border for a way so it could be there ?
Same river; it's the Labe until it crosses the border when it becomes the Elbe. It's only the border for a couple of km. I only live 20 miles away.
Ethics aside, I have to say that was one of the dullest climbing vids I have ever attempted to watch. The rolling advert banner on the UKC page was drawing my eye... Perhaps that was art of UKC's elaborate money-making strategy? Corporate monsters that they are.
Bad. From pretty much every angle.
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