11-Year-Old Climbs 14b


Eleven-year-old Adam Ondra sent 2004 out with a bang by redpointing Mascherina (8c/5.14b) at Grotta dell’Aeronata, a limestone cave near Sperlonga, Italy. Ondra, who began climbing in 1999 and was onsighting 5.12d by age 9, climbed his first 5.14 in June 2004 and added another four 5.14a routes, in four different countries, during the last six months. The young lad from Brno, Czech Republic, onsighted a total of ten 5.13c routes in 2004. He turns 12 in February.