Ondra attempts onsight of the Nose

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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

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25 Oct, 2016
Imagine almost onsighting the Nose, then being a bit upset that you didn't quite do the whole route free!
25 Oct, 2016
Imagine being someone who only does sport climbing and hasn't even BEEN to the grit almost on-sighting the nose. What does he think this is? A clip up? He should come and do some UK trad. hen we'd see if he can really climb. There. Got that all out of the way. PS yes I know what this means and it's damn exciting.
25 Oct, 2016
Get your facts checked...
25 Oct, 2016
I take it you've not seen the other thread? Just clearing out all the bollocks "what's he done on grit" "he's only a sport climber" "he's never done trad" "he should come over here" ironic jokes so we can get on with discussing what a total wad Ondra is. That is all. As I said - there. Got that out of the way.
25 Oct, 2016
Why do do you people even feel the need to post stuff like this? a well done would have been fine
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