Adam Ondra flashing Gecko assis, 8B+, Fontainebleau
Björn Pohl - UKC, Dec 2011
© Pierre Délas
There has been a lot about Adam Ondra lately, and quite understandably so. That's how things go when you are a living legend (in the making if you like).
After Adam's quick Fontainebleau trip, I asked him a couple of questions.
Before, people could say that "yeah, 8C in Switzerland or South Africa
is very impressive, but what has he ever done in Font, that's where
the "real" grades are." Any comment on that?
Of course, some 7A classics were tough, where it is very hard to find the beta, but I am sure it is the thing which one must expect when coming to Font, or I was personally looking forward to it.
Why do you think you could adapt to the Font style of climbing so quickly? Was it simply a matter of having "power to waste", meaning the problems were no where close to your maximum level and you therefore didn't have to use the exact correct method?
However, I had to deal hard with typical Font slopers, because that is what I don't climb too often on, but most of the problems I did were on crimps or on the slopey features that could be crimped in some way (Gecko too), because problems on crimps tends to be overhanging or dry up quicker since the weather was quite humid most of the time, but the dry rock was very sticky.
So, that's it for the year 2011 from Adam Ondra. Now he is going to take a break from climbing for a few weeks. Anyone who thinks he hasn't deserved it?
Here is what Alex Huber has to say about the young Czech.