Adam Ondra at Malham

by Keith Sharples Apr/2010
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The atmosphere on the Malham Catwalk was palpable yesterday King Wad, a.k.a. Adam Ondra was in town! And man was he pulling down big style.

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Adam Ondra tearing up the upper bulges of Overshadow (F9a+), Malham Cove, North...
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Ondra, one of the best climbers on Planet Rock at the moment, is here for a week and clearly means business. Between tie-ins he was scanning the guidebook and scoping the crag. He looked to me like a big game cat stalking his prey before pouncing and going in for the kill...

He wasted no time adding to his score-card (check it out here www.8a.nu) with on-sights of Zoolook (F8a) and Overnite Sensation (F8a+). Next up was Overshadow (F9a+), Steve McClure's 2007 mega route. His second go up was only a tad short of amazing; he was clearly in red-point mode! Having belayed Steve prior to and then on his actual ascent of Overshadow, as well as having photographed him on it afterwards, I felt like an expectant father. Did Ondra dispatch it on his first go? No, is the short answer but boy did he look wicked. Falling from the crucial bulge, that just above Overnite lower-off, he worked it some more then tore up the rest of the pitch to the lower-off. Hmmm impressive stuff; at least I didn't need to ring Steve and tell him Ondra had hiked his route on his first red-point!

An hour later, his rope hit the catwalk below Cry Freedom (F8b+). Given he had on-sighted F8c+, surely a lowly F8b+ should be a walk in the park? Having seen plenty of folks on this before I knew where the hard bits were. However, watching Ondra dispatch the first crucial section in three big moves I was left thinking that the on-sight was gonna be perfunctory...

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+Adam Ondra Cries Freedom, 211 kbAdam Ondra Cries Freedom
© Catherine Speakman, Apr 2010

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Adam Ondra At Malham
© Catherine Speakman, Apr 2010

UKClimbing.com have a Ondra special in the pipeline - watch this space.

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