Adam Ondra is back in Spain making another attempt to send La Dura Dura, the Chris Sharma project at Oliana, which may be the world’s hardest climbing route graded at a 5.15c. He came extremely close a few days ago, falling only two moves away from easier climbing. Ondra is extremely determined to send this route as he had attempted the climb with Sharma not too long ago only having to turn back and go home without sending it.
“La Dura Dura,” a film featured in Reel Rock 7, depicts the extreme determination of Ondra, his passion for climbing, and his desire to accomplish the beast of a climb. As Ondra stated, “The project is there, not to be neglected. It is obsession. I will be back as soon as I will feel strong again.”
Adam Ondra started climbing at the age of six. His parents shared their passion of climbing with Ondra, and by the time he was 8-years-old, he onsighted 7b+/5.12c routes. In 2005, when Ondra was 12, he onsighted 8b/5.13d routes, and by 2006, he climbed his first 9a/5.14d. He has accomplished quite a bit in the realm of climbing for someone so young, and he obviously isn’t slowing down any time soon. He is, without a doubt, one of those young climbing prodigies that were just born to climb.
Ondra’s attempt on La Dura Dura this past Tuesday marks the route’s highpoint which is only halfway up the 165-foot climb. Will he send La Dura Dura this weekend? One bystander, who witnessed Ondra on Tuesday, seems to think so. With the right conditions and the focus that Ondra has, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he does end up conquering La Dura Dura. But for now, we shall wait in anticipation.