A New Level: Ondra Onsights Five 5.14c's


BD athlete Adam Ondra onsights Mind Control (8c+), Oliana, Spain from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.

UPDATED: 3/21/11 - Not even wet rock can keep Adam Ondra from onsighting 5.14c. His latest onsight goes to Mind Control in Oliana, Spain. Originally, Ondra set his sights on Chris Sharma's Chaxiraxi project (after reportedly asking permission over the phone), a potential 5.15b. However, because the inclement weather soaked the rock, Ondra moved on instead to Mind Control, another Sharma route that was also wet.

His next exploits include trying Blankita (5.14c) and, of course, the first ascent of Chaxiraxi.

UPDATED: 3/9/11 - After becoming the second person ever to have onsighted 5.14c, Adam Ondra has upped his own ante by onsighting two more of the grade: Powerade and El Templo del Cafe in Vadiello and Alquezar, Spain.

According to Spanish climber Dani Fuertes' blog, he also redpointed Desafiando a Tsunami (5.14c) and onsighted Noa (5.13d). Ondra is reportedly on his way to Catalunya, where a plethora of some of the world's hardest sport climbs await.

3/8/11 - After his almost month–long break from climbing this winter, Adam Ondra is back on the climbing scene, stronger than ever. Following his 5.15 first ascent in Siurana, Spain, in February, Ondra moved on to Etxauri, Spain, where he onsighted an astonishing four 5.14s in the span of a couple days.

Early this week, Ondra climbed Fuck the Police (5.14b) and Tekken (5.14a)—he reportedly didn't even remove his shoes between sends—then returned to onsight Kidetasunaren balio erantsia and Bizi Euskaraz, both 5.14c. (In December 2007, Basque climber Patxi Usobiaga onsighted Bizi Euskaraz, the first onsight of the grade.)

With nine 5.15s (almost half are FAs) and literally hundreds of 5.14 ascents on his résumé, Ondra is definitely setting the pace for hard sport climbers. Read a recent interview with the young Czech climber by Planet Mountain here, where Ondra says although "I was weak during the first three weeks after the break... I soon got better and better, and now I'm feeling really strong."

Below is a video of Ondra onsighting one of the 5.14c's in Etxauri.

Dates of ascents: March 2011

Sources: desnivel.com, 8a.nu, danifuertes.blogspot.com