Adam Ondra


Brno, Czechia
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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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Video In Conversation with Adam Ondra and Alex Honnold

Two of the world's most recognisable climbers get together for a wide-ranging conversation covering their individual specialisations, how notoriety has changed their lives and the responsibilities linked to having a large platform at th...

Fri Night Vid In Conversation with Adam Ondra and Tommy Caldwell

This week's Friday Night Video is a wide ranging and fascinating conversation between two giants of the sport: Adam Ondra and Tommy Caldwell. Obviously, The Dawn Wall is a massive topic and they delve into each others' experiences and...

News 2020 - A Year of Climbing News

2020 will be a year that most will hastily forget, with COVID-19 overshadowing the majority of the year. With much of the UK locked down throughout 2020, it's a wonder that we have much to reflect upon at all in our annual roundup. 

The Ticklist #19 A Mixed Bag of Global Ascents

Another mixed bag of bouldering, sport, trad and multipitch from around the world...9as, 8Cs, 8a+ multipitches and...

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...

News IFSC Lead World Cup Briançon - Report

IFSC Commentator Charlie Boscoe reports from the first - and likely only - IFSC Lead World Cup of...

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...

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

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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Black Diamond Raven Pro axe

With its light weight and refined design, the updated Raven Pro is a joy to handle, says Dan Bailey. Whether you're winter walking, ski touring, or climbing something big but non-technical overseas, this is one satisfyingly ergonomic ice axe.

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a downturned...

La Sportiva Testarossa

The Testarossa MkII will please devotees of the early 2000s original, and route climbers alike, and is a worthwhile addition to La Sportiva's extensive rock shoe range, says Nick Brown.

Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet

Crossing over from the bike and skiing industries, MIPS (Multidirectional Impact Protection System) helmets are designed to...

Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise...

La Sportiva TX Guide shoes

With a refined design that marries the confidence inspiring grip of a trail shoe, and climbing performance to match the best in...

Black Diamond Distance Tent with Z-Poles

At only around 820g, and pitching using trekking poles, the single-skin Distance Tent is not much heavier than a bivvy...

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New Climbing Gear Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently......

New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round up, we're showing off...

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe Range

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Whether you're freezing your mitts off on a cold belay in a snowstorm, working your tan in Indian Creek,...

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Black Diamond Vision Helmet + Vision MIPS

The most durable foam helmet in the Black Diamond line-up, the Vision helmet features a fusion of EPP...

Black Diamond airNET Harness

Developed in collaboration with BD Athlete Adam Ondra, the airNET is a cutting-edge harness that features our...

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