In the UK on a whirlwind tour for his sponsor La Sportiva, Adam Ondra - the Czech super climber - has had a day out on our famous gritstone edges, where he managed to onsight three E7 routes back to back, after nipping out early to Raven Tor to try Hubble (8c+/9a).
Here's the video: Adam Ondra hits the grit!
Adam Ondra onsighting Master's Edge, Millstone (E7 6b)
UKC News, May 2014
© Lyon Equipment Ondra was climbing with top UK climber and coach Neil Gresham (well done again Neil on the 8c last December!), who said this about Adam's visit:
"Adam came armed with a big ticklist, he knew what he wanted to do and I was impressed how much he knew all about the routes.
"Not only was his climbing super inspirational, particularly with all the pressure and expectation from onlookers, but he was a thoroughly likable and modest guy. It was inevitable that it would leak on Twitter that Adam Ondra tried Hubble during his 1-day visit to the Peak. To call it a quick play would be an understatement.
After a late slideshow in London on the Friday night, we arrived in Hathersage at 3am and were up at 5.30 to sneak in a 2 hour Raven tor hit before work duties commenced. It was raining, humid and warm and a crucial foothold required repeated drying. But in an absurd feat of 'interval style' redpointing, he hit the last hold 3 times in a row, with ten minute rests between burns.
Last time he visited the UK, his priority was his repeat of Overshadow 9a+ and this time it was sponsorship commitments. His eagerness to visit the tor against all odds sums up just how much he rates British climbing. Adam paid tribute to Hubble, confirming that it was 9a and similar in difficulty to Action Directe. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest ambassadors this sport has ever seen."
Ondra is no stranger to the UK, having previously climbed at Malham and Kilnsey (see our big Adam Ondra Interview) where he made ascents of most of the hard routes. He did try Hubble back in 2012 and suggested that it might be 9a (UKC News Item).
Feeling good after the grit, Adam decided to onsight a 9a in Spain - maybe he had a few pints of real ale in the Broadfield to get his strength up?!