Yesterday, Adam Ondra made a valiant attempt to onsight the Nose - only one week into his trip to Yosemite. Starting with his dad at first light, Adam described it as 'the longest climbing day of my life.' He onsighted all of the pitches up to the Great Roof (5.13), which unfortunately got the better of him.
Adam told Black Diamond that he 'had a pretty good flash go, got the beta, lowered and gave it a second shot thinking I would fire it off easily, but I had not realized how important the feet are on this climb. After climbing so many pitches and taking no rest after my flash, they went super shaky and weak. I fell, gave it even a third go and fell in the end of the traverse. There was no point in giving it more tries and we just wanted to top out.'
Adam and his dad continued on in darkness and onsighted all of the following pitches except for the 5.14 Changing Corners. They topped out at midnight and the valley greeted them with torrential rain. Highlighting the overall experience, Adam said 'the Nose is one of the most famous climbs in the world and I am super glad to have climbed it with my dad, even though not free. A big day out.'
Adam has over a month left in the valley and has already scoped out a great deal of The Dawn Wall. Although he has previously stated that the 'really important' route for him is Salathé Wall (5.13b); 'It’s just obvious to go for such a legendary route onsight. But I’m definitely afraid of the Monster Offwidth.'
We'll all be watching from our armchairs Adam. No pressure.
Adam Ondra is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Entre-Prises, KIKU, Hudy Sports, La Sportiva, Montura and Tendon