Adam Ondra: Sketchy Ground-Up Bolting on Czech Sandstone

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Last week, Adam Ondra demonstrated his route-development techniques. This week he’s continuing the theme on the infamous Elbe sandstone of northwest Czechia at Labak, near the border of Germany. There, the bolting ethic is strictly ground up. Check out the archive footage from 2011, when Ondra, along with Ondra Beneš, opened the hardest route on Czech sandstone: To Tu Ještě Nebylo (9a, 5.14d). The name translates to “This hasn’t been here, yet.” Ondra takes some wild falls with his drill in the process.

Read a full feature about the committing sandstone towers of the Elbe River Valley in the next issue of Climbing, on newsstands later this month. Join Summit to get it in print and online.

Watch the full film Od palice k vrtu (From Hammer to Drill):

And watch the full video of Ondra on the line from 2011:

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