Ondra opens the toughest route in Malta: Ain't Sane in the Membrane (8c)

Adam Ondra spent a few days in Malta with his young family to switch off. Of course, a day of climbing should not be missing from this relaxation program in a Mediterranean ambience. Ondra quickly climbed six routes in the eighth grade, secured the onsight first ascents of Fight Club (8b) and Winds of Change (8b +), as well as the first ascent of Ain't Sane in the Membrane, which at 8c is probably the hardest line on the island .

A climbing day needs to be savored to the full, especially during family vacations. Adam Ondra has been open for a few days recently Malta spent to relax with his family. However, the attraction of the Mediterranean island was too great to give up climbing altogether.

Under the local guidance of the climbing book authors Simon Alden and Stevie Haston as well as Stephen Farrugia, the strong Czech climbed on the neighboring island of Gozo until late in the evening and left the island with a few new test pieces.

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Adam Ondra just couldn't resist the beauty of the Maltese rocks. Image: Stephen Farrugia
Adam Ondra just couldn't resist the beauty of the Maltese rocks. Picture: Stephen Farrugia

Two onsight first ascents plus the toughest route on the island

On the island of Gozo, Adam Ondra first climbed six routes in the eighth grade. Since there was still enough daylight on the way back to Mellieha Cave, he secured the first ascents of Fight Club (8b) and Winds of Change (8b+) – Onsight of course.

In addition, the young father managed the first ascent of at the second attempt Ain't Sane in the Membrane. From now on, the 8c route should bear the title «hardest route in Malta».

In the last "daylight" Adam Ondra quickly opens a few more difficult routes. Image: Stephen Farrugia
In the last "daylight" Adam Ondra quickly opens a few more difficult routes. Picture: Stephen Farrugia

Adam Ondra sums up his family vacation on Malte as follows: «I spent a lot of time with my family and recovered for the hard training that lies ahead of me. It was nice to get to know the small climbing community in Malta.»

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