Ondra Begins New Mega-Project in Spain
2/20/13 – Adam Ondra, who redpointed the world’s hardest sport route in early February, has begun working on a project that may be at least as hard.
The “Somos Cromosomos” project at Jaén in southern Spain was bolted in 2009 by local climber Sergio Serrano, who had climbed a pair of new routes to the right but decided, after equipping and cleaning this line, that it was too hard for him. Thirty meters (100 feet) long, it consists of a 20-meter section that is believed to be 9a/9+ (5.15a) followed by a second 10-meter passage of 9a (5.14d). Unlike La Dura Dura, the longstanding project at Oliana that Ondra completed earlier this month and graded 5.15c, the crux of Somos Cromosomos is likely to be right at the top.
Far from the red-hot crags of Catalunya in northern Spain, Jaén is in the mountains of Granada in the south of the country. According to a story at the Spanish website Desnivel (including a gallery of photos by editor Darío Rodriguez), Ondra has done all the moves on the Somos Cromosomos project, and on February 19 he linked the line in three sections. He has put in about 10 attempts on the route so far; his ascent of La Dura Dura required about 70 tries in all. Desnivel said Ondra is returning to his home in the Czech Republic but plans to return to Jaén soon.