/ NEWS: Adam Ondra flashes Southern Smoke Direct, ~9a+
Speculations about what Adam would do in the Red River Gorge have been many. Most have suggested the first ever 9a onsight was on the cards.
Whether this will happen or not is yet to be seen, but what...
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Some futuristic projects in these parts of the woods.I wonder if he is going to jump on any of these?.I know he did a 2nd go first ascent in the motherlode an old open project of the last 10 years.Possibly 14 something no doubt.....
So the updated comments are from Ondra I assume? It's unclear from the article.
Looks like it. Is he suggesting the grade is 9a and not 9a+?
Yah, 9a on 8a.nu...
Oh, and according to Climbing Narc, he had pretty good beta for the initial boulder problem start, not much was said about the reg. Southern Smoke... But considering it was Ondra, not sure if beta was really needed for the top portion.
That's what he says, and that the other guys trying the route (Daniel Woods, Jon Cardwell and Cedric Lachat) agree with that.
Other sources state that Woods and Cardwell had found an easier sequence for the start than the FA used when he gave it 9a+. So sounds like Ondra had all the beta for the new method.
Hi Dan, yes the updated comments are from Adam. I've made it a little clearer.
hardly trad climbing is it?
> hardly trad climbing is it?
It's not unicycling, either. What's your point?
Personally, I just love Ondra's attitude and his lack of ego. And the fact that he's come up with the hardest flash of a sport route when he didn't feel his fittest and wasn't sure whether to have a go. We should all learn something from the li'l wizard on that count.
Id be more impressed with someone coming up to me and saying Ive just flashed an E3.
...only joking obviously...flashing a 9a+ is mental. Fair play to him, he's clearly been eating his weetabix.
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