Adam Ondra at Malham

© Catherine Speakman
The atmosphere on the Malham Catwalk was palpable yesterday – King Wad, a.k.a. Adam Ondra was in town! And man was he pulling down big style.

Adam Ondra – tearing up the upper bulges of Overshadow (F9a+), Malham Cove, North Yorkshire
© Keith Sharples

Ondra, one of the best climbers on Planet Rock at the moment, is here for a week and clearly means business. Between tie-ins he was scanning the guidebook and scoping the crag. He looked to me like a big game cat stalking his prey before pouncing and going in for the kill...

He wasted no time adding to his score-card (check it out here with on-sights of Zoolook (F8a) and Overnite Sensation (F8a+). Next up was Overshadow (F9a+), Steve McClure's 2007 mega route. His second go up was only a tad short of amazing; he was clearly in red-point mode! Having belayed Steve prior to and then on his actual ascent of Overshadow, as well as having photographed him on it afterwards, I felt like an expectant father. Did Ondra dispatch it on his first go? No, is the short answer – but boy did he look wicked. Falling from the crucial bulge, that just above Overnite lower-off, he worked it some more then tore up the rest of the pitch to the lower-off. Hmmm – impressive stuff; at least I didn't need to ring Steve and tell him Ondra had hiked his route on his first red-point!

An hour later, his rope hit the catwalk below Cry Freedom (F8b+). Given he had on-sighted F8c+, surely a lowly F8b+ should be a walk in the park? Having seen plenty of folks on this before I knew where the hard bits were. However, watching Ondra dispatch the first crucial section in three big moves I was left thinking that the on-sight was gonna be perfunctory...

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Adam Ondra Cries Freedom  © Catherine Speakman
Adam Ondra Cries Freedom
© Catherine Speakman, Apr 2010

Adam Ondra At Malham
© Catherine Speakman, Apr 2010 have a Ondra special in the pipeline - watch this space.

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30 Apr, 2010
Can I be the first to say "But what has he done on Grit!" as I don't think we are going to have to wait that long. I think it is going to be very messy. Well done anyway. Strong doesn't even begin to say ...... M ;)
30 Apr, 2010
Simply awesome! :) Really looking forward to further ascents over the week. J
30 Apr, 2010
Trailing off mid-sentence didnt really do it for me. I gather it was supposed to get us salivating for the full report, but for me it just spoilt the article.
30 Apr, 2010
I scrolled down expecting to see further text after the.....
30 Apr, 2010
more on Keith's blog
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