Ondra on Sparkling Form Again

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Adam Ondra's brilliance shows no sign of slowing down as he enters the later years of adolescence, reports On his latest visit to France, Adam spent a Friday 29 January at the amazing Claret near Montpellier (a great crag for routes in the 6c and above grades as anyone who has been there will agree).

He started the day by onsighting Biotop (F8b/8b+) a route previously onsighted by Chris Sharma. He then tackled the stamina route Guerre d'usure (F8c) and managed to onsight that one. Not content with his day's work, Adam decided to have a go at the intense and bouldery Super Samson - a route with a Font7c+ crux! This one also became another onsight F8c to add to his ever-increasing list. As a warm-down, he warmed down by onsighting the thin stamina route Elzevir (F8b+). reports that Adam is in France working on some projects at a secret spot near Montpellier.

You can see a video of Chris Sharma's ascent of Biotop on Bjorn Pohl's thelowdown blog.

Adam Ondra on A Present for the Future - F9a/+  ©
Adam Ondra on a new F9a+ at Madonna della Rota in January
See UKC news report of Adam in action last month.

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1 Feb, 2010
I'm just waiting for the world's first 9C from the lad ......
1 Feb, 2010
1 Feb, 2010
Whilst what he's done is very impressive, I can never quite understand the astonishment that he's managed to onsight more than one route at a high grade in a day. All he's done is gone out climbing and led 4 routes. Admittedly they're very hard routes and not many people can do what he does but I'll bet there are loads of us who have had days where we've led 2 pitches at our onsight limit and two pitches a grade easier in a day. If you take 4 attempts to redpoint a pitch in a day, then that's surely got to take more out of you than if you onsighted it.
1 Feb, 2010
would be good if he came to the uk to do some trad routes
1 Feb, 2010
also be interesting to see what he reckons of hubble/the big bang/violent new breed. i reckon he'd only get up one of them...
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