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Adam Ondra


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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).

At age 16, Adam won his first lead Climbing World Cup, and ended up second in lead Climbing World Championships.

So far he has 3 gold medals from World Championships

In 2012 he climbed Change, the first route to receive a proposed grade of 9b+ (5.15c). To date, only Adam and Chris Sharma have climbed a route of this grade. Adam has redpointed three routes at this grade.

He was the first person to establish a route at the grade of 9c when he climbed Silence at Flatanger, Norway.

So far, Adam has climbed thousands of routes, 140 at the grade of 9a and higher.

In 2016 Adam repeated the legendary Dawn Wall in a record time of 8 days. It was his first serious big wall experience.

Adam is currently the only climber to have climbed a route with the proposed grade of 9c, with his ascent of Change in 2017.

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Babsi Zangerl on Green Spit  © Babsi Zangerl Collection

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

In this week's Ticklist, we take a look at some hard sport ascents, Barbara Zangerl's ascent of Greenspit and the usual hard bouldering.

Laura Rogora competing in the Final 3x2  © Jan Virt/IFSC
Laura Rogora competing in the Final 3x2  © Jan Virt/IFSC

News IFSC Lead World Cup Briançon - Report

IFSC Commentator Charlie Boscoe reports from the first - and likely only - IFSC Lead World Cup of 2020... Yes, you did read that headline right - we actually HAD a World Cup! Almost 10 months to the day since the World Cup in Inzai, Japan, which closed...

Brooke Raboutou on Wheel of Chaos 8B/+  © Alex Puccio
Brooke Raboutou on Wheel of Chaos 8B/+  © Alex Puccio

The Ticklist #1 - Ascents from around the world

We're starting a weekly summary of noteworthy ascents from around the globe. It's been an unusual summer for rock climbing with countries in different stages of lockdown. Despite this, there have been some impressive ascents, most notably from...

Adam Ondra on Ledoborec Font 8C+  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra on Ledoborec Font 8C+  © Adam Ondra

News Another New Font 8C+ for Ondra

Adam Ondra is in fine bouldering form at the moment and has climbed a new Font 8C+ at Moravian Karst in the Czech...

Ondra - Brutal Rider 8C+  © Adam Ondra
Ondra - Brutal Rider 8C+  © Adam Ondra

News New Font 8C+ for Ondra

Adam Ondra has climbed a new problem at Sloup in the Czech Republic and graded it Font 8C+, the hardest in the country. Ondra named the...

Ondra - Bohemian Rhapsody  © Adam Ondra
Ondra - Bohemian Rhapsody  © Adam Ondra

News Post-Lockdown Lowdown - Ascents from Around the World

Throughout the lockdown period, we took the unprecedented step of not reporting on ascents from...

Adam Ondra.  © Eddie Fowke/The Circuit Climbing
Adam Ondra.  © Eddie Fowke/The Circuit Climbing

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

This week, IFSC Commentators Charlie Boscoe and Mike Langley and Natalie Berry interview the one and...

Ondra falls off 7a  © Adam Ondra
Ondra falls off 7a  © Adam Ondra

Fri Night Vid Ondra falls off a 7a

Chaehyun Seo, the 15-year-old sensation from Korea, sealed both the win and the overall 2019 Lead World Cup title.   © Eddie Fowke/IFSC
Chaehyun Seo, the 15-year-old sensation from Korea, sealed both the win and the overall 2019 Lead World Cup title.   © Eddie Fowke/IFSC

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

The Age of Ondra  © Red Bull
The Age of Ondra  © Red Bull

Fri Night Vid The Age of Ondra

Adam Ondra asks for more energy from the crowd during his winning final climb.  © Final Crux Films
Adam Ondra asks for more energy from the crowd during his winning final climb.  © Final Crux Films

News IFSC European Lead and Speed Championships Edinburgh - Report

Adam Ondra on Qui 9a+  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra on Qui 9a+  © Adam Ondra

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

Adam Ondra: The Road to Tokyo: Success and Disaster  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra: The Road to Tokyo: Success and Disaster  © Adam Ondra

Video Adam Ondra: Success and Disaster

Alex Megos came close to Gold.  © Daniel Gajda/IFSC
Alex Megos came close to Gold.  © Daniel Gajda/IFSC

News IFSC Lead World Championships: Hachioji - Report

Molly Thompson-Smith looking strong on the powerful women's final route in Chamonix.  © Dark Sky Media
Molly Thompson-Smith looking strong on the powerful women's final route in Chamonix.  © Dark Sky Media

News IFSC Lead World Cup Chamonix 2019: Report

Adam Ondra on Silence  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra on Silence  © Adam Ondra

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

Adam Ondra - Balkans Road Trip  © Black Diamond
Adam Ondra - Balkans Road Trip  © Black Diamond

Fri Night Vid Adam Ondra: Balkans Road Trip

Adam Ondra  © UKC News
Adam Ondra  © UKC News

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

Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo  © Black Diamond
Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo  © Black Diamond

Video Adam Ondra - The Road to Tokyo

Adam Ondra in the Rockies  © Black Diamond
Adam Ondra in the Rockies  © Black Diamond

Fri Night Vid Adam Ondra in the Rockies

Adam Ondra Silence  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra Silence  © Adam Ondra

Fri Night Vid Live Premiere of Adam Ondra's Silence

Adam Ondra on Eagle 4, 9b, St Leger, France  © Bernardo Gimenez
Adam Ondra on Eagle 4, 9b, St Leger, France  © Bernardo Gimenez

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

Adam Ondra on Supercrackinette, 9a+, St. Leger du Ventoux  © Seb Richard
Adam Ondra on Supercrackinette, 9a+, St. Leger du Ventoux  © Seb Richard

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

Adam Ondra  © Tendon
Adam Ondra  © Tendon

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

Adam Ondra  © UKC News
Adam Ondra  © UKC News

Video Drift, ~8C, by Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra  © UKC News
Adam Ondra  © UKC News

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

Adam Ondra on Queen Line, 9b, Arco, Italy  © Giampaolo Calza
Adam Ondra on Queen Line, 9b, Arco, Italy  © Giampaolo Calza

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

Adam Ondra on Mamichula, 9b, Oliana  © Petr Piechowicz
Adam Ondra on Mamichula, 9b, Oliana  © Petr Piechowicz

Video Adam Ondra making the FA of Mamichula, 9b

Adam Ondra on Predator, 9a+, Srbsko, Czech Republic  © Adrex.com (video still)
Adam Ondra on Predator, 9a+, Srbsko, Czech Republic  © Adrex.com (video still)

Video Adam Ondra climbs Predator, 9a+

Adam Ondra on Jade 8B+   © Screen Shot from Video
Adam Ondra on Jade 8B+   © Screen Shot from Video

Video Adam Ondra Flashes Jade 8B+

Adam Ondra trying Dreamcatcher, 9a, Squamish, Canada  © Tim Schaufele (video still)
Adam Ondra trying Dreamcatcher, 9a, Squamish, Canada  © Tim Schaufele (video still)

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

Adam Ondra on the podium at the IFSC Imst Lead World Cup, 2014  © Elias Holzknecht/IFSC
Adam Ondra on the podium at the IFSC Imst Lead World Cup, 2014  © Elias Holzknecht/IFSC

Video Adam Ondra - Rock and Plastic

Adam Ondra at the Rock Masters award  © Maurizio Fadelli
Adam Ondra at the Rock Masters award  © Maurizio Fadelli

Video Adam Ondra - Illusionist, 9a, Flatanger

Adam Ondra trying to onsight Psikoterapia, 9a, Valdegovia  © Desnivel.com
Adam Ondra trying to onsight Psikoterapia, 9a, Valdegovia  © Desnivel.com

Video Adam Ondra attempts to onsight Psikoterapia, 9a

Adam Ondra onsighting Balance it is (E7 6c)  © Lyon Equipment
Adam Ondra onsighting Balance it is (E7 6c)  © Lyon Equipment

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

Adam Ondra on Terranova, 8C+  © Vojtech Vrzba
Adam Ondra on Terranova, 8C+  © Vojtech Vrzba

Video Ondra climbs World's Hardest Boulder Problems

Adam Ondra on Move, 9b/+, Flatanger, Norway  © Ondra collection
Adam Ondra on Move, 9b/+, Flatanger, Norway  © Ondra collection

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

Adam Ondra on Move, 9b/+, Flatanger, Norway  © Ondra collection
Adam Ondra on Move, 9b/+, Flatanger, Norway  © Ondra collection

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

Petr Pavlícek and Adam Ondra  © Petr Pavlícek
Petr Pavlícek and Adam Ondra  © Petr Pavlícek

Video Change backstage

Adam Ondra - a few forgotten 9a routes...  © Bernartwood
Adam Ondra - a few forgotten 9a routes...  © Bernartwood

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

Adam Ondra fighting through the upper crux of Change, 9b+, Hanshelleren, Flatanger, Norway  © Petr Pavlicek
Adam Ondra fighting through the upper crux of Change, 9b+, Hanshelleren, Flatanger, Norway  © Petr Pavlicek

Video Adam Ondra - The Change 9b+ First Ascent

Adam Ondra on Fight or Flight  © www.easyclimbing.cz
Adam Ondra on Fight or Flight  © www.easyclimbing.cz

Video Adam Ondra climbs Fight or flight, 9b

The Change- movie  © Petr Pavlícek
The Change- movie  © Petr Pavlícek

Video The Change movie project

Adam Ondra on The Golden Ticket, 8c+, Red River Gorge  © Montura
Adam Ondra on The Golden Ticket, 8c+, Red River Gorge  © Montura

Video Adam Ondra onsights The Golden ticket 8c+

Nina Caprez in the Red River Gorge  © Cedric Lachat
Nina Caprez in the Red River Gorge  © Cedric Lachat

Video Red River Gorge, the movie

Adam Ondra on a 9b+ project at Flatanger, Norway  © Screen Shot from video
Adam Ondra on a 9b+ project at Flatanger, Norway  © Screen Shot from video

Video Ondra Attempts World's Hardest Route?

Adam Ondra trying to flash Biographie, 9a+, Céüse  © Petr Pavlícek
Adam Ondra trying to flash Biographie, 9a+, Céüse  © Petr Pavlícek

News INTERVIEW & VIDEO: Adam Ondra talks Céüse

Adam Ondra  © Lars Lindwall
Adam Ondra  © Lars Lindwall

Video Ondra makes 9a+ first ascent at Ceuse

Rustam Gelmanov on Action Direct, 9a, Waldkopff, Frankenjura  © Anna Piunova/Mountain.ru
Rustam Gelmanov on Action Direct, 9a, Waldkopff, Frankenjura  © Anna Piunova/Mountain.ru

Video 9a's by Ondra and Gelmanov

Adam Ondra flashing Gecko assis, 8B+, Fontainebleau  © Black DIamond - Screen shot from video
Adam Ondra flashing Gecko assis, 8B+, Fontainebleau  © Black DIamond - Screen shot from video

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

Adam Ondra looking for new crags, Sardinia 2009  © Petr Pavlíček
Adam Ondra looking for new crags, Sardinia 2009  © Petr Pavlíček

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

Adam Ondra on Terranova, 8C+  © Vojtech Vrzba
Adam Ondra on Terranova, 8C+  © Vojtech Vrzba

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

Adam Ondra flashes the 5th problem and knows he has won. La Sportiva legends Only 2011  © Jonas Paulsson
Adam Ondra flashes the 5th problem and knows he has won. La Sportiva legends Only 2011  © Jonas Paulsson

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

L-R: Adam Ondra (2nd), Dmitry Sharafutdinov (1st) and Rustam Gelmanov (3rd)  © Arco 2011
L-R: Adam Ondra (2nd), Dmitry Sharafutdinov (1st) and Rustam Gelmanov (3rd)  © Arco 2011

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

The Swiss Account  © Louder than 11
The Swiss Account  © Louder than 11

News Video: The Swiss Account, 57 min!

Adam Ondra on La Planta de Shiva 9b  © Black Diamond
Adam Ondra on La Planta de Shiva 9b  © Black Diamond

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

Adam Ondra being interviewed about his ascent of Chaxi raxi - 9b  © Black Diamond
Adam Ondra being interviewed about his ascent of Chaxi raxi - 9b  © Black Diamond

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

Adam Ondra on Chilam balam, 9?  © Bar Barb
Adam Ondra on Chilam balam, 9?  © Bar Barb

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

Adam Ondra 8c+ onsight  © UKC News
Adam Ondra 8c+ onsight  © UKC News

Video Adam Ondra - F8c+ Onsight

Dani on the first ascent of Obrint Pas Extension (8c+) at Santa Ana.  © Pete O'Donovan
Dani on the first ascent of Obrint Pas Extension (8c+) at Santa Ana.  © Pete O'Donovan

News 9a+ First Ascent by Ondra [VIDEO]

Adam Ondra on Catxasa, 9a+, Santa Linya  © Pete O'Donovan
Adam Ondra on Catxasa, 9a+, Santa Linya  © Pete O'Donovan

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

Adam Ondra on Der Heilige Gral  © Vojtĕch Vrzba
Adam Ondra on Der Heilige Gral  © Vojtĕch Vrzba

Video Adam Ondra Christmas Special

Team America  © Björn Pohl - UKC
Team America  © Björn Pohl - UKC

News The Ticino bulletin: Video

Adam Ondra on L‘étrange Ivresse des Lenteurs, Céüse  © Bernardo Gimenez
Adam Ondra on L‘étrange Ivresse des Lenteurs, Céüse  © Bernardo Gimenez

News Adam Ondra: Video Profile

Adam Ondra video  © UKC News
Adam Ondra video  © UKC News

Video Adam Ondra, the movie

Adam Ondra 320 News  © Philippe Maurel / Nice-climb.com
Adam Ondra 320 News  © Philippe Maurel / Nice-climb.com

Video Adam Ondra Doesn't Win At Brno World Cup

Adam Ondra climbing in the IFSC Worldcup event at Puurs in Belgium  © Hubert Canart
Adam Ondra climbing in the IFSC Worldcup event at Puurs in Belgium  © Hubert Canart

News Adam Ondra Interview and Video

Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba
Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba

Video A Bad Day for Adam Ondra!

News
8B flashes by Ondra

Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer
Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer

News Ondra - 2 Font 8B Flashes In A Day

Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba
Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba

News Adam Ondra Climbs New F8c+ in South Africa

Adam Ondra warming up - screen shot from video  © Bernartwood
Adam Ondra warming up - screen shot from video  © Bernartwood

Video Ondra At It Again - 'Om' F9a

Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba
Adam Ondra on his recent ascent of Corona, 11+ (F9a+) , Frankenjura  © Vojtech Vrzba

Photos Adam Ondra F9a+ / Kalymnos & More

The LowDown: Ondra repeats Corona, 9a+  © UKC News
The LowDown: Ondra repeats Corona, 9a+  © UKC News

News Ondra repeats Corona, 9a+

News
Two 8c onsights in one day by Ondra

The LowDown: Adam Ondra's latest roadtrip  © UKC News
The LowDown: Adam Ondra's latest roadtrip  © UKC News

News Adam Ondra's latest roadtrip

The LowDown: Old 8c+ by Ondra  © UKC News
The LowDown: Old 8c+ by Ondra  © UKC News

News Old 8c+ by Ondra

The LowDown: Ondra on 9a+'s and more  © UKC News
The LowDown: Ondra on 9a+'s and more  © UKC News

News Ondra on 9a+'s and more

The LowDown: 4th 8c OS by Ondra  © UKC News
The LowDown: 4th 8c OS by Ondra  © UKC News

News 4th 8c OS by Ondra

News
9a+ and 8c onsight by Ondra

The LowDown: The secret of Ondra's success  © UKC News
The LowDown: The secret of Ondra's success  © UKC News

News The secret of Ondra's success

Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer
Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer

News Another F9a for Ondra

News
Ondra's hardest routes

Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer
Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer

News Ondra F8c On Sight, & Euro Round-Up

Adam Ondra  © Pete O'Donovan
Adam Ondra  © Pete O'Donovan

News Ondra, 15, Repeats Action Directe

Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer
Adam Ondra on fire at Mello Blocco 2008  © Giulio Malfer

News Ondra cleans up at Mello Blocco

Adam Ondra  © Pete O'Donovan
Adam Ondra  © Pete O'Donovan

News Ondra - Dreamtime V14 - Aged 15 - With Video

Adam Ondra  © Cedric
Adam Ondra  © Cedric

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

Adam Ondra climbing Alien Carnage 8c+ at Castillon in France  © Adam Ondra
Adam Ondra climbing Alien Carnage 8c+ at Castillon in France  © Adam Ondra

News Adam Ondra


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