'Hard 8B' flash for Adam OndraNewsflash

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Adam Ondra has flashed Luftig kö till nålens öga, an 8B/+ boulder at Hultastenen, Kjugekull, Sweden.

The boulder, which was established at 8B+, has since seen just a handful of ascents, including that of Paul-Martin Luc, who suggested a grade of 8B, and who was there to provide Adam with detailed beta ahead of his flash attempt.

Luftig kö till nålens öga is Adam's twelfth flash at 8B or harder, with two, Gecko Assis, and Jade, at 8B+.

Adam now travels on to Flatanger, where the most obvious objective will be making the first repeat of the world's third 9c route, Jakob Schubert's B.I.G (9c). Last year, Adam looked close to sticking the crux move of the route, so it will be intriguing to see whether he is able to carry this good bouldering form into the more bouldery sections of B.I.G.

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