Ondra Sends 5.15a in Italy


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Ondra Sends 5.15a in Italy

Newslink: Czech boywonder Adam Ondra made the first ascent of Goldrake (5.15a), in Cornalba, Italy. An open project at Cornalba, Bruno "Camos" Tassi equipped the limestone line about a decade ago. Goldrake, which sits to the right of the classic Jedi, is about 60 feet long and slightly overhanging, with two chipped start holds and a V10 boulder move at about the seventh bolt. "I am absolutely not sure about the grade; it is a notorious dilemma," says Ondra. "But I decided to go for 9a+ [5.15a] with this one since it is pretty much my style, and the send was a really incredible fight."

Other notable ascents in Italy include La Grande Linea Dei Sogni (5.14c/d), Vento Nei Capelli (5.14c/d), A Present for the Future (5.14d/5.15), and Marina Superstar (5.15a/b).

The 17-year-old is well-known as grabbing repeats of the world's most difficult climbs, including Chris Sharma's Golpe de Estado (5.15b), in Siurana, Spain, and Papichulo (5.15a) in Oliana, Spain.

Date of ascent: April 6, 2010

Sources: planetmountain.com, 9b, 8a.nu