Alex Honnold on the 2nd ascent of Ambrosia
Björn Pohl - UKC, Feb 2011
© Honnold coll.
Enzo Oddo has made the 4th ascent of Kevin Jorgeson's Ambrosia (Highball V11) on the Grandpa Peabody boulder at the Buttermilks near Bishop, California.
Since Kevin's first ascent, both Alex Honnold and Isaac Caldiero have refined the method of climbing this 14m monster of a highball. This has made the grade come down slightly from V12 to V11, but what separates this from many other high boulder problems is that the climbing is difficult with big and committing moves all the way to the bitter end. According to Isaac, a couple of holds near the top are also slightly friable.
Bishop Bouldering says Enzo used the same direct line Isaac did and that the conditions were very windy on the day of the ascent.
16-year-old Enzo Oddo, from France, is no stranger to hard climbing, having repeated many F9a routes and also Biographie, F9a+, at Céüse. In fact, his ascent of this legendary Chris Sharma route is, so far, the only one after a broken hold which made the starting crux go from Font 7C to Font 8A.