Adam Ondra's ride on the wave of success

With Bon Voyage in Annot, Adam Ondra briefly repeated one of the most difficult trad routes in the world. But instead of resting on his laurels, he enjoyed his climbing trip to the fullest.

“After my visit to Bon Voyage, I wanted to use the remaining days to discover climbing areas that I had never been to before,” says Adam Ondra. His first stop was in Gréolières, France, where he completed the 8c+ route Steroid Bull climbed in the second go.

Ondra was close to flashing Enzo Oddo's line. After Jules Marchaland showed him the individual moves, he only fell out at the last hard point.

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Enzo is known for his harsh reviews, but in this case Jules found a knee-jerk that turns the original 9a into an 8c+.

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Despite his kneebar skills, a similar Adam foiled Ondra's flash ascent of Stéroïde Bull. Image: @pet.phot
Despite his kneebar skills, a similar Adam foiled Ondra's flash ascent of Stéroïde Bull. Image: @pet.phot

With kneepad and new beta

The following day on the way back to his homeland, Adam Ondra stopped in the Italian climbing region of Albenga. On the menu was the Erboristerria sector, where he onsighted Kalmia-Moci (8b+/c) and Narcissus (9a) climbed in the second go.

Narcissus was set up by Matteo Gambaro in 2020 and rated 9a/9a+. Seb Bouin secured the first replay last December. In contrast to the first climber, Bouin and Ondra climbed with a kneepad.

In addition, we used a different - and in our opinion simpler - beta, which makes the upper part much easier.

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Adam Ondrs going strong
Adam Ondra concludes his successful climbing trip with quick ascents in Gréolières and Albenga. Picture: @pet.phot

For these reasons, Adam Ondra “only” claimed a 9a for himself after his quick ascent of the Narcissus route, which was originally rated 9a/a+. Climbed without a kneepad, the Kingline could perhaps even be 9a+, says Ondra.

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