Adam Ondra


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Born in the Czech Republic, Adam Ondra has built up a decorated career since his early competitions, winning his first World Championships medal in 2009 in lead climbing. He was a favourite for Tokyo 2020 gold, but an uncharacteristic off-day proved his undoing.

Ondra began climbing at the age of six, and by the time he was 13 he had climbed his first graded 9a route, ranking near the top end of the difficulty scale (5.14d). He also became the first person to climb 9b+ and 9c routes.

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Newsflash 'Hard 8B' flash for Adam Ondra

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

News Adam Ondra repeats Bon Voyage E12

Adam Ondra has made the first repeat of James Pearson's E12 route Bon Voyage, in Annot, France.

Fri Night Vid Our Favourite Climbing Films from 2023

For our final Friday Night Video slot of 2023, we're taking a look back at some of our favourites from the past year.  

Fri Night Vid Ondra on the First Ascent of Chicken Nose 9a+

This week's Friday Night Video takes us to Isenfluh, Switzerland, where Adam Ondra is attempting a...

News Adam Ondra flashes Peščena Ura, 9a

Adam Ondra has flashed Peščena Ura, 9a, at Sopota, Slovenia.

Fri Night Vid Lords of Trad | Adam Ondra, Pete Whittaker and Will Bosi

Adam Ondra, Pete Whittaker, and Will Bosi explore the unique ethics and hard trad lines...

Newsflash New 9b for Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra has established a new 9b in Vranjača, Croatia.

Video Back to the Real Thing - Adam Ondra in The Peak District

Fri Night Vid Adam Ondra and Magnus Midtbø visit Sheffield

Video 'The second hardest route of my life': Ondra climbs Menagerie, Hard 9b+

Fri Night Vid Ondra and Schubert attempt Project Big

News European Championships Munich - Sport Climbing Report

News IFSC Lead and Speed World Cups Chamonix - Report

News First Ascent of Wonderland (9b) for Adam Ondra

The Ticklist New Video Roundup - 9b for Ondra, Garnbret Crushes, and Cookson Redpoints

Press Release Top climber Adam Ondra joins the Mammut Climbing Team

The Ticklist #58 Alpine Ticks, Bosi, Raboutou and Ondra

The Ticklist #56 Hard Swiss Bouldering and Ondra Update

News 2021 - A Year of Climbing News

Video Magnus Midtbø Interviews Adam Ondra

The Ticklist #50 Hard Sport Climbing

The Ticklist #44 - Olympians Unleashed

Video Day 3 at the Games - Men's Final and an Interview with Routesetter Percy Bishton

Fri Night Vid Road to Tokyo - The Qualifier Stories

The Ticklist #36 Hard Sport, New Trad, International Bouldering and Adam Ondra

News IFSC Boulder World Cup Salt Lake City 2021 (Rnd 2): Report

The Ticklist #27 Megos, Bridges and Hard Sport

News IFSC Boulder World Cup Meiringen 2021 (Rnd 1): Report

Video In Conversation with Adam Ondra and Alex Honnold

Fri Night Vid In Conversation with Adam Ondra and Tommy Caldwell

News 2020 - A Year of Climbing News

The Ticklist #19 A Mixed Bag of Global Ascents

The Ticklist #13 - Hard Sport, Highball Bouldering and Horrendous Crack Climbing

News IFSC Lead World Cup Briançon - Report

The Ticklist #1 - Ascents from around the world

News Post-Lockdown Lowdown - Ascents from Around the World

News In Isolation - Ep. 3: An Interview with Adam Ondra

News IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup 2019: Xiamen - Report

News IFSC European Lead and Speed Championships Edinburgh - Report

Video Adam Ondra repeats Qui - 23 year old 9a+

Video Adam Ondra: Success and Disaster

News IFSC Lead World Championships: Hachioji - Report

News IFSC Lead World Cup Chamonix 2019: Report

Fri Night Vid Ondra's Analysis of Silence (9c)

Fri Night Vid Adam Ondra: Balkans Road Trip

News 3rd Ascent of Neanderthal (9b) for Adam Ondra

News Adam Ondra onsights Just do it, 8c+

Video Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo

Fri Night Vid Adam Ondra in the Rockies

Article Adam Ondra in Israel & Occupied Palestine: Climb Free

Fri Night Vid Live Premiere of Adam Ondra's Silence

Video Adam Ondra making the first ascent of Eagle 4, 9b, St Leger

Interview Adam Ondra about his flash of Supercrackinette, 9a+

Newsflash Adam Ondra flashes Supercrackinette, 9a+, at Saint Leger du Ventoux

Video Vrtule, new ~8C / + by Adam Ondra

Video Drift, ~8C, by Adam Ondra

News Adam Ondra renames Project Hard to 'Silence' 9c

Newsflash Adam Ondra climbs World's first 9c - Silence

News Adam Ondra & Patxi Usobiaga vs The Project

News Queen Line, 9b, first ascent by Adam Ondra

Video Adam Ondra making the FA of Mamichula, 9b

Video Adam Ondra climbs Predator, 9a+

Video Adam Ondra's flash attempt on Dreamcatcher, 9a

Video Adam Ondra - Rock and Plastic

Video Adam Ondra - Illusionist, 9a, Flatanger

Video Adam Ondra attempts to onsight Psikoterapia, 9a

Video What Has Ondra Ever Done On Grit? 3 E7 Onsights!

Video Ondra climbs World's Hardest Boulder Problems

Awesome Video Adam Ondra, first ascent of Move, 9b / +

[update) Video Move, new 9b / + by Adam Ondra

Video Adam Ondra - A few forgotten 9a routes...

Video Adam Ondra - The Change 9b+ First Ascent

Video Adam Ondra climbs Fight or flight, 9b

Video Adam Ondra onsights The Golden ticket 8c+

Video Ondra Attempts World's Hardest Route?

News INTERVIEW & VIDEO: Adam Ondra talks Céüse

Video Ondra makes 9a+ first ascent at Ceuse

Video Adam Ondra in Font, Part 3 (8B+ Flash)

Video Adam Ondra's first 8C's [UPDATED]

News Ondra repeats Gioia, 8C+ [UPDATE: VIDEO]

News Adam Ondra, #1 among legends [UPDATE: VIDEO]

News Adam Ondra - Gancho Perfecto (9a) + Sharma Video

News Video: The Swiss Account, 57 min!

Major Video Adam Ondra - Chilam Balam and La Planta... 9b

Video Adam Ondra - Chaxi Raxi (9b), Oliana

Video La Planta de Shiva, 9b, by Adam Ondra

News 9a+ First Ascent by Ondra [VIDEO]

News Two more 8c+ onsights by Ondra [video update]

Video Adam Ondra Doesn't Win At Brno World Cup

8B flashes by Ondra

News Ondra - 2 Font 8B Flashes In A Day

News Adam Ondra Climbs New F8c+ in South Africa

Photos Adam Ondra F9a+ / Kalymnos & More

Two 8c onsights in one day by Ondra

News Adam Ondra's latest roadtrip

News Old 8c+ by Ondra

News 4th 8c OS by Ondra

9a+ and 8c onsight by Ondra

News The secret of Ondra's success

News Adam Ondra - Open Air - His Hardest Yet

Ondra's hardest routes

News Adam Ondra - Hotel Supramonte On-sight & F9a

Features Your Questions for Adam Ondra - Answered!

News Ondra F8c On Sight, & Euro Round-Up

News Ondra, 15, Repeats Action Directe

News Ondra cleans up at Mello Blocco

News Ondra - Dreamtime V14 - Aged 15 - With Video

News Adam Ondra 9a, 8c+, 8c in a day - with Video

News Adam Ondra Half-term break: 9a+, 9a+, 9a, 8c

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