With Wonderland (9b/9b+), Adam Ondra not only opened the most difficult route of his Wahlheim Arco this spring, but also the most difficult sport climbing route in Italy. Adam Ondra on his greatest achievement of the current year.
«Even if the sector Promised Land (promised land) is called, I would not have thought that he once the most difficult route of Arco and Italy would accommodate », says Adam Ondra. In the late 90's it was mostly Reini Scherer, who set up difficult routes of grade 8b and 8c here. After that, the development of the sector came to a virtual standstill.
Video: Adam Ondra in Wonderland (9b/9b +) the toughest route in Italy
The hour of birth of the most difficult route in Italy
Until the time when Alfredo Webber woke the promised land from its slumber. He saw potential in an untouched section of the wall and started today's route Wonderland to drill in When asked if the line would be climbable, Adam Ondra found an answer. He discovered a detour of sloping pincers and small ledges. "It was obvious that this line was possible," recalls Ondra.
In autumn 2021 he worked for a few days Stefano Ghisolfi on the route. Shortly before the ascent, however, the winter thwarted his plans. "In March of this year the route dried up and after a few days I made the first ascent of Wonderland, one of my proudest ascents." As far as difficulty is concerned, Adam Ondra classifies the line as significantly more difficult than most 9b he has climbed so far. "It's hard to say whether she really breaks the 9b+ limit."
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