Chris Sharma Repeats La Dura Dura (5.15c) in Spain

Chris Sharma climbing La Dura Dura (5.15c). Photo courtesy | Rainer Eder

3/27/13 - has a great interview with Chris Sharma about his recent send of La Dura Dura (5.15c) in Oliana, Spain.

Although Sharma bolted La Dura Dura, Adam Ondra grabbed the first ascent on February 7. A day before, Sharma made the first ascent of a 5.15b that he called Stoking the Fire in Santa Linya. He said sending this route "freed" him for La Dura Dura, and when he finally finished the latter, he felt like he "just got really strong. I didn't make any mistakes at all, and when I finally did it, I felt as if I wasn't really at my complete limit."

He also addressed the "rivalry" between him and Ondra: "Getting Adam's perspective was really important. I'd practically written the route off, and when we decided to work it together, he brought it back to life. It was a healthy process for both of us, we fed off each other's motivation, and through him I think I became a better climber myself."

Read the full interview at

3/23/13 - Chris Sharma has made the second ascent of La Dura Dura (5.15c) in Oliana, Spain.

La Dura Dura became famous for the friendly "rivalry" it generated between Sharma and Adam Ondra, who made the first ascent on February 7. This route was featured in a 2012 REEL ROCK film. Photographer Simon Carter posted today on his Facebook that he had just gotten done watching Sharma, who "nailed it" for the send.

In an interview in February, Ondra stated that La Dura Dura was "significantly harder" than any 5.15b he had ever done. But this route might not be the first 5.15c in the world; Ondra made the first ascent of Change in Norway in October 2012, for which he also proposed 5.15c.

Date of ascent: March 23, 2013

Source: Simon Carter,


Previous Comments

Ondra is such a brat its obviously a 5.15c not just because he has climbed another 5.15c doesnt mean that on was any easier or any harder. Let Chris Sharma have one more run.

ELLLL - 05/12/2014 10:41:58

Im just starting to experience the world of climbing and this guy chris sharma is coming up everywhere. Just bought Kings Line and I love his philosophy and thoughts on life and climbing an inspiration to climbers and non climbers.

Ciaran Gallagher - 04/03/2013 10:09:26

Way to go!

Dario - 03/31/2013 11:34:23

For those that are wondering about shoes, Evolv has a few prototypes right now being tested. I can't speak as to which this is, but it's a variation of the Geshido and/or Shaman built to Chris' specs.

Hans - 03/30/2013 11:14:40

That guy is the Eddy Merckx of rock climbing.

Eric - 03/29/2013 2:54:16

Way to go, Chris! Chris Sharma is inspirational. He is so positive and always takes the high road.

Ben - 03/29/2013 8:53:25

He* (thanks auto correct)

el - 03/27/2013 9:18:58

Congrats Chris that is amazing! what shoes is her wearing there??

el - 03/27/2013 9:17:53

Unstoppable progress.

Krob - 03/27/2013 8:44:20