Adam Ondra is on fire as he has officially completed another 5.15c (9b+) first ascent on Vasil Vasil at the Czech Republic crag of Sloup. This makes number three on first ascents with a 5.15c grade. Ondra’s first ascent on Vasil Vasil took place yesterday, December 4, 2013.
At the young of age of 20, Ondra has quite an impressive climbing resumé. He certainly isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon. Ondra marked a new level of difficulty in sport climbing with the first 5.15c, Change, in Flatanger, Norway on October 4, 2012. He established a place for himself in the world of sport climbing alongside the phenomenal Chris Sharma, 32. Sharma has carried the title of the strongest sport-climber in the world when he made the first ascent of Realization (5.15a) back in 2001.
Chris Sharma had been working on a route in Oliana, Spain, La Dura Dura, for quite some time before Ondra came along. Of course the two had to meet and climb together and the short film La Dura Dura was born and featured with the Reel Rock 7 Tour. On February 7, 2013, Ondra made the first ascent on La Dura Dura, and this was his second 5.15c. Not too long after Ondra’s first ascent of La Dura Dura, Sharma repeated the ascent and confirmed the 5.15c grade.
Ondra commented that Vasil Vasil is basically a one move wonder. He said, “It is definitely not a mega line…it is painful, short and in a dirty place.” Ondra had bolted the climb five years ago, and he felt that he couldn’t leave it unclimbed. Even though it was a short line, Ondra was very happy when he completed it yesterday.
National Geographic has paid attention to this rising adventurer as Ondra is a nominee for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2014. To read his interview and vote for him, visit the National Geographic Web site.
Adam Ondra definitely has many more years of climbing left in him. It would be no surprise if we hear of him establishing the first 5.16a sport-climbing route in the near future. Congratulations to Ondra on conquering Vasil Vasil!