The problem with writing stuff about Adam is, the moment you think you’re up-to-date, he goes and does something bigger and better. And so it proves now.
Adam’s recent first ascent of Silence, his long-term project at the Flatanger cave in Norway, is the first route graded 9c and the hardest sport climb in the world. The three existing 9b+ routes in the world were all put up by Adam, and only one, La Dura Dura, has been repeated - by Chris Sharma.
And he doesn’t just do single-pitch. Remember all the media hoo-hah when Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free-climbed the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in 19 days? Well last November Adam turned up in the Valley, having never climbed on granite before, and dispatched the Dawn Wall in seven. And he was the first to do it leading every pitch.
So is Adam the best climber in the world right now? Depends on your definition of course, but many would say so. The 23-year-old Czech was the first person to send 5.15c (he has done more than thirty 5.15 climbs, more than anyone else by a long shot); he boulders V16, and he's won three World Cup gold medals and two World Championships.
Join us to hear from the man himself.
Friday is 'Climbers Night' at Kendal Mountain Festival, join us in the Theatre before Adam Ondra to hear the latest exploits from Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall (aka The Wideboyz).
£12.50£8.50 for Young Adventurers (under 18's)
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