Adam Ondra Onsights 5.14d in Switzerland
7/10/13 - The French website Kairn reports that Adam Ondra has become the second person to onsight a confirmed 5.14d with La cabane au Canada in Rawyl, Switzerland.
While Ondra has onsighted 15 5.14c routes (including two previous 5.14d lines in the Red River Gorge that he downgraded), it was Germany's Alex Megos who made history with his onsight of Estado crítico in Siurana, Spain, in March.
Didier Berthod (well known for his attempts on Squamish's Cobra Crack in the film First Ascent) originally bolted the line at 5.14c; Lionel Clerc then came along and added a harder direct start. The route is about 100 feet long and overhanging about 30 degrees.
In an interview with Planet Mountain, Ondra said that La cabane au Canada fit his style perfectly, and that 5.14d seemed appropriate for the grade. He describes the line as having tiny crimps, a bouldery start, and a difficult crux at the top. He also said that he warmed up for the route by climbing half a 5.13b, then he "ran around and flapped my arms as best I could and then set off."
Date of ascent: July 9, 2013