Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of C.R.S., 9b, at Mollans, a project that was bolted by Seb Bouin. Adam needed only three days, which must be considered unreasonbly quick for such a difficult route.
After a season which could almost be called mediocre* by Adam's über human standards, things have begun to pick up lately.
At Wujiang, he won his first World Cup competition since Kranj last year and then he revisited the Holzgauer Wand in Frankenjura where he made the second ascent of Alex Megos' Modified, 9a+. Then he headed south to Mollans, a steep, ex-secret crag not far from St. leger, and the project.
C.R.S. (Cowboy a reaction stupide) is not that long, just over 20 meters, but pure power endurance all the way on pinches and pockets through a roof and then a switch to small crimps when the angle eases off. Seb Bouin, who bolted it, has put in quite a lot of work on it, but has decided to leave it for now and go for a slightly easier variation.
In total, the route took Adam ten tries, one two years ago and now nine more spread over three days. This is a step forward for the young Czech. Never before has he, or any one else for that matter, been able to climb what Adam calls a "real 9b" that quickly.
*Maybe "mediocre" isn't the right word, but no WC victories, no 9b's or 9a onsights. At times it must have been frustrating as the form has obviously been there.
Next weekend, the World Cup finishes in Kranj, Slovenia. Adam has an excellent chance of taking the title.
He usually climbs well there:
It doesn't look too bad, does it?