Adam Ondra – tearing up the upper bulges of Overshadow (F9a+), Malham Cove, North Yorkshire
© Keith Sharples
It took two trips and 7 days or so of effort, but now he's bagged it. Adam Ondra has made the second ascent of Stevie Mac's Overshadow at Malham.
From Steve's blog: "At last he repeated Overshadow and I think reckoned it was a hard 9a+. 7 days of effort confirmed what I always thought, it's just a hard route to do!"
Lately Adam has spoiled us all with 9b ascents in shorter time, so "hard 9a+" sounds quite reasonable.
After Overshadow, Adam moved on to another Stevie Mac creation, Rainshadow, for which he needed two days, calling it one of the best routes I've ever done and confirming its 9a grade. He also managed to onsight Bat route, 8c.So what about Raven Tor?
I only tried Hubble last morning from 6 AM to 9 AM, coming very close despite climbing 4th day on, climbing past the first crux move twice (to match the undercuts), but being out of power in the second crux move (from undercut onto sloper).