3/27/13 - Planetmountain.com 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 planetmountain.com.
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