Queen Line, 9b, first ascent by Adam Ondra

© Giampaolo Calza

Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of Queen Line, hard 9b, at Laghel close to Arco in northern Italy. That's not all though. Afterwards he went on to make the 3rd ascent of Stefano Ghisolfi's Ultimatum, 9a+, at Massone.

A new king line is born. Well, it is not king line, it is Queen Line. Incredible and super intense pitch in Arco @gardatrentino, bolted by Mauro Mabboni. For the grade, I am pretty sure that it is rather on the upper end of the 9b grade. Small holds, big moves, hard drop knees. My style. Direct finish to be finished yet ;-)

It sounds like the direct finish, the King Line(?), will push the grade up to 9b+.

This was the 17th 9b or harder for Adam in total and his 44th 9a+ or harder. Those numbers speak volumes.

So hard 9b and 9a+ the same day...seems Adam is stronger than ever and well prepared for his first attempt on The Project in Stockholm. Adam's and Patxi Usobiaga's attempts will be live streamed on Black Diamon's facebook page Sunday 23 April 18.00 CET.

Video courtesy of Red Point Arco - Mountain Store.

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Adam started climbing at about the same time he learned to walk. He hasn't stopped ever since.

When 8 years old, Adam onsighted routes graded 7b+ (5.12c). At age 13 he climbed his first 9a (5.14d).


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19 Apr, 2017
Well, that was a spectacularly crap bit of film! :)
21 Apr, 2017
He repeated Lapsus today too. I think that just leaves him 2 9b's in Europe left to do: Neanderthal and El Bonne Combat.
21 Apr, 2017
Does Akira count as a 9b? Still unrepeated afaik
21 Apr, 2017
dont think the holds are still there
21 Apr, 2017
Agreed, it wasn't the best. Was the camera person up a tree initially?! What was also of interest to me to was the statement: "Adam's and Patxi Usobiaga's attempts will be live streamed on Black Diamon's facebook page Sunday 23 April 18.00 CET." That could be good!
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