After having left all the difficult pitches of the Dawn wall behind, or rather below, him, the rest of the route was more or less a formality for Adam Ondra, but he still had to do it. And now he has!
Adam arrived in the valley 13 october and less than 7 weeks later he topped out on the hardest big wall climb in the world.
Chatting with him a couple of days ago, he said that he felt great and that standing on top would feel even greater. It's definitely a dream come true and at the same time a great relief to be able to complete the climb with the whole climbing world following his progress.
Let's not forget about Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson who had the vision, belief and drive to make the first ascent of this path of most resistance which many thought was impossible.
I can only agree with what Black Diamond posted on their Instagram:
Thank you for showing us what's possible once again. Through your hard work and determination, we've been able to witness another groundbreaking milestone in the world of climbing. We want to congratulate you for challenging yourself with climbing the world's hardest big-wall, roping up in the face of doubt and succeeding. And we want to thank you, of course, for providing not just us, but climbers worldwide with inspiration.⠀
What an autumn we have had:
- Burden of Dreams, the World's first ~9A, by Nalle Hukkataival
- Es Pontas, 9? DWS, first repeat by Jernej Kruder
- Dawn wall, 9a Big wall, first repeat by Adam Ondra