Iron Curtain - Another 9b by Ondra at Flatanger

© Petr Pavlícek

Adam Ondra on a new 9a/+, Hell, Norway  © Petr Pavlícek
Adam Ondra on a new 9a/+, Hell, Norway
© Petr Pavlícek

Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of Iron Curtain, a line bolted last year by Lars Audun Nornes in Hanshelleren, Flatanger, Norway.

Lars Audun is one of these guys who works hard finding, cleaning and bolting lines that he often knows he will never be able to climb himself. A true hero.
Adam also bolted a number of 9b lines himself earlier this year, but so far he hasn't had a fair chance to do any of them.

According to film maker Petr Pavlicek, who is with Adam shooting video and stills, the weather has been very warm for their trip to Norway, making hard climbing more or less impossible. Until now that is.

Petr informed us that as well as his new 9b on the granite of Flatanger,  Adam made the first ascent of an old project at the limestone crag Hell. Hell is the major local crag to Trondheim, around 2 and a half hours south of the huge granite cave of Flatanger. Apparently the 9a/+ route has a very hard crux weighing in around 8B right at the start and then hard, but probably slightly easier, climbing leads to the top.

Adam Ondra is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Montura, Entre Prises, La Sportiva, Beal and Hudy Sports

This post has been read 27,146 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make UKClimbing the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate UKClimbing then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC porter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

5 Aug, 2013
well done Adam
5 Aug, 2013
It's a real sign of the times when a guy climbs 9b and after 24 hours, there's only 1 comment. I suppose we've come to expect nothing less from Mr Ondra these days!
5 Aug, 2013
Errr .. is it me .... or was that the most confusing news post ??? so ... was it 9b or 9a+ ... and which line was it anyway ....... confused ... and not really arsed ....
6 Aug, 2013
Iron Curtain is the 9b. The 9a/+ was on another limestone crag, Hell. Well done, Adam, great effort as always.
6 Aug, 2013
This post excerpt is pulling in the thumbnail from the Briancon WC article, for me at least. (Chrome 28, Mac.)
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest