Last year, Adam Ondra made the first tour of a climbing route in 9c difficulty. A murmur went through the climbing scene, as he with a small Teaser video referred to the successful ascent. In the new year, the Czech will not be long in coming with another sensation: he succeeds as the first person to flash the ascent of an 9a + route.
For some days Adam Ondra climbs in the French climbing area St. Leger. By the way, before he got there, he did the second inspection of an 9b route by Pirmin Bertle in Charmey in only three tries and evaluated the route on 9a +. Even faster he now climbed the route Super Crackinette (9a +): In the first attempt with information about the route - so flash! Up to now, nobody has ever been able to climb a route at this level of difficulty flash. "The first half of the route, I was just flying up the route. It was like I was feeling cosmically strong and that boosted my confidence a lot, ”says Adam about the first part of the route. Further up, things didn't go so smoothly: “Towards the second half of the route there were couple of moments where I felt like I was loosing my confidence a bit because there were two pockets where my fingers were just too fat to dig deeper but I still somehow made it and then I had just enough energy to do the last hard move on the very top, ”he continues.
9a onsight battle between Adam Ondra and Alexander Megos
A similar high speed in the commission of difficult routes put so far only the German Alexander Megos. on the day. He succeeded 2013 first onsight of a 9a. It was the route Estado Critico in the Spanish sport climbing area Siurana. A few months later, in July 2013, moved Adam Ondra after and climbed Cabane au Canada (9a) in the Swiss climbing area Rawyl onsight. How long will it take for Alexander Megos to climb a 9a + flash or onsight?
Credits: Bernardo Gimenez