This weekend Adam Ondra and Patxi Usobiaga visited Klättercentret Stockholm for a Black Diamond event with slideshows, workshops and, of course attempts on The Project.
The Project is a permanent route at Klättercentret Telefonplan which everyone who knows how to lead climb can try. It starts fairly easy and then gets gradually harder...and harder. How hard?
Adam compared it to his own "Project hard" at Flatanger. This begins with a ~25 m 8b followed by a knee bar. Then, the crux of the route, an ~8C boulder section, a rest, and then an ~8B boulder section. This, he says, would probably be 10a or so without the knee bars. Now it's "only" 9c or so, he thinks.
The Project in Stockholm has no knee bars and very few rests.
According to Adam, it's probably around 9b to the lip, and then it gets harder. The ~15 moves to the top weighs in around 8C. Font 8C.
Stronger than he has ever been, having done two 9b's, two 9a+'s and two 9a's in four days, one of which was a rest day, confidence was high.
Patxi is also in excellent form with several 9a's and even 9a+ climbed recently.
I've seen talk here and there about The Project being too hard.
The thing is, the idea behind The Project is that progress is the goal, not necessarily to reach the top. We didn't want to say "this is what we think is possible", but rather "let's see what's possible". Everyone who has tried it so far can definitely get further.
How far is impossible to say, and that's the beauty of it!
Does this mean we now have a new highpoint?
Here's first a video where Adam is working the route, and then the live stream with Adam's and Patxi's best attempts
The Project is sponsored by: Black Diamond, Blocz climbing, Kilter grips, Klättercentret Stockholm and Ligula Hospitality group