Ondra Makes First Ascent of Iron Curtain (5.15b) in Norway
8/6/13 - On August 3, Adam Ondra made the first ascent of Iron Curtain (5.15b) in the Hanshelleren cave in Flatanger, Norway.
Flatanger's steep cave houses what's potentially the world's hardest route, Change (5.15c), and a couple other 5.14d to 5.15a routes, including Thor's Hammer and Illusionist (all Ondra first ascents).
Despite poor conditions, Ondra needed only six days to work through the moves. The morning of his ascent, he fell off only a meter below the anchor because of wet rock. He came back that evening when wind dried out the route and finished it.
Ondra told planetmountain.com that it was "very important to free this route in order to move on to the next, even harder projects." He's got three 5.15b or harder routes he is currently working on, including a 200-foot route with sustained 5.14d moves followed by a bouldery crux.
Date of ascent:August 3, 2013