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5/6/14 – At the beginning of 2013, no 5.14d route had ever been onsighted. A year later, three 5.14d (9a) routes have been onsighted—two of which belong to Adam Ondra. On May 4, Ondra claimed his second on Il Domani (5.14d) in Baltzola, Spain.
“Been waiting for this for such long time, saving for an onsight,” Ondra wrote on his 8a.nu scorecard. “Almost tried last year in less than ideal conditions, but the decision I made was good. Today everything was perfect. Awesome temps and well rested, and that was just enough to send this beautiful route. So happy. My hardest onsight ever for sure.”
Patxi Usobiaga, who made the first ascent of Il Domani in 2003, called Ondra’s ascent “the most impressive climbing I have ever seen!”
Ondra made his first 5.14d onsight on July 9, 2013, with his send of La Cabane au Canada in Rawyl, Switzerland. The world’s first 5.14d onsight was claimed by Alex Megos a few months earlier on March 24, 2013, when he sent Estado Crítico in Siurana, Spain.