Adam Ondra Biography
Adam Ondra is a Czech professional rock climber, specializing in lead climbing and bouldering. Ondra is at present the only male athlete to have won World Championship titles in both disciplines in the same year (2014). He holds an analogous record in the World Cup, being the sole athlete to have won the World Cup series in both disciplines (lead climbing in 2009 and 2015, and bouldering in 2010).
Adam Ondra Age
Adam Ondra was born in Brno, Czech Republic on February 5, 1993.
Adam Ondra Girlfriend
He has managed to keep information about his family off the limelight. Due to this, information about her marital status and his dating life is still under review.
Adam Ondra Height Weight
He has a height of 1.85 m, and a weight of 68 kg.
Adam Ondra Climbing Career
Ondra started climbing at the age of six; his parents are climbers and they shared their passion with him.
In 1999 (at age six) at Rovinj in Croatia Ondra easily climbed a 6a (5.10a) route with bolts every half meter. Soon he became famous in climbing magazines, as his achievements quickly grew more and more.
In 2007 and 2008 he won the IFSC Youth World Championship, category Youth B. In 2009, at age sixteen, Ondra competed for the first time in the Lead Climbing World Cup, winning ahead of Spanish Patxi Usobiaga and Japanese Sachi Amma
He also won the Bouldering World Cup, in 2010 ahead of Austrian Kilian Fischhuber and Japanese Tsukuru Hori, and becoming the first athlete in history to win both the disciplines (lead and bouldering).
On March 2011, during a trip to Spain, Ondra became the second person ever to have onsighted 8c+ (5.14c) after Patxi Usobiaga. In only a few days he onsighted five 8c+ (5.14c) routes (two of which on the same day).
On October 4, 2012, Ondra redpointed Change, in the Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway. It was the first route to receive a proposed grade of 9b+ (5.15c).
On October 29, 2012, Ondra flashed one of the Red River Gorge’s hardest routes, Southern Smoke Direct 9a+ (5.15a), suggesting the grade of 9a (5.14d). He onsighted Pure Imagination and The Golden Ticket, both 9a, suggesting the grade of 8c+ on November 1.
On February 7, 2013, Ondra sent La Dura Dura, in Oliana, Catalonia, Spain, his second 9b+ (5.15c) after Change. He worked on this project with Chris Sharma and the first ascent took Ondra nine weeks of work.
Still on February 9, 2013, just two days after La Dura Dura, Ondra succeeded in the second ascent of the 9b (5.15b) Fight or flight, first climbed by Sharma in 2011.
On July 9, 2013, Ondra realized the second 9a (5.14d) onsight in history after Alexander Megos, with the ascent of Cabane au Canada in Rawyl, Switzerland.
Adam Ondra The Dawn Wall
Additionally, on November 21, 2016, Ondra completed the second free ascent of The Dawn Wall, a 5.14d (9a) multi-pitch route at El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. The route is widely regarded as the hardest big wall in the world. Ondra was also the first person to lead every pitch. The first free ascent was completed by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015.
On April 23, 2017, he set a new highpoint of the Black Diamond Project in Stockholm, Sweden. Believed to be the hardest indoor sport route in the world.
On September 3, 2017, after about 4 years of trials, Ondra climbed Silence, in the Hanshelleren Cave (Flatanger, Norway). At that point, the route was unclimbed and widely considered to be the most difficult project in the world, together with Le blond, a route which is still unclimbed, bolted by Chris Sharma in Oliana (ESP). The silence was the first route to receive a proposed grade of 9c (5.15d). The route was previously known as Project Hard.
On February 10, 2018, Ondra realized the first flash of a confirmed 9a+ route with his ascent of Super Crackinette in Saint-Léger du Ventoux, France. The route was first climbed by Alexander Megos after 3 days of work in 2016.
On November 12, 2018, Ondra onsighted Just do it (Smith Rock, Oregon, USA), a historic 8c+ route bolted by Alan Watts in 1989 and first ascended in 1992 by Jean-Baptiste Tribout. At that time, Just do it was considered the hardest route in the USA. It is a long slab (140 feet, 18 bolts) plenty of tricky moves, with small holds hardly visible from the ground. This kind of classic route is considered to be particularly difficult to onsight, by both Adam Ondra and Alan Watts.
Adam Ondra Net Worth
Ondra participated in so many climbing and bouldering competitions through which he gained a decent worth of wealth. Champion of rock climbing, Adam has an estimated net worth of around $1.4 million.
Adam Ondra Awards
- 2008 Salewa Rock Award
- 2010 Salewa Rock Award
- 2011 Salewa Rock Award
- 2013 Salewa Rock Award
Adam Ondra Dawn Wall
I had been dreaming about the Yosemite Valley since I first read Heinz Zak’s book Rock Stars. This book influenced the way I looked at climbing and my passion for it. Imagine a 7-year-old boy getting completely hooked on climbing, reading about the best climbers in history on all those iconic climbs. The Nose by Lynn Hill, Salathe by Alex Huber – these are pictures that inspired me so much. There was everything that I loved about climbing as I imagined it – the other side of the world, remote and unknown, amazing rocks, terrifying exposure, great climbers. Freedom, adventure… it all looked so cool.
Before I finally got to the Yosemite Valley which is something I am almost embarrassed about. There was always some other place to go which was closer and less intimidating. But I knew that one day, I would go.
Then, in late 2014, I met Heinz Zak, the author of the iconic book from my childhood, at a film festival in Prague, and we talked a lot about Yosemite. I told him about my plan to go there and we made a deal. We would go together, with Heinz as a photographer and videomaker. The circle was about to close. The guy whose pictures inspired me so much would be the one to document my first trip to the Yosemite Valley.
When in January 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall, the news spread across the globe making headlines all over the media. The hardest big wall in the world finally free climbed! No doubt about it! A massive line which they worked on for years until they finally succeeded, an amazing story of effort and hope.
Without knowing whether it was actually possible, I had a goal – I wanted to repeat their amazing feat. Despite the fact I had never climbed a big wall, despite the fact that I had never climbed in Yosemite before.
We arrived in the Valley in October 2016. Just seeing El Capitan for the first time, the highest and steepest cliff in the Valley towering there almost 1000 meters tall and almost 1500 meters wide, was an amazing experience in itself. I remember thinking about all the legendary climbs like the Nose, Salathe, the Dawn Wall… It looked so huge, so impossible, yet so tempting at the same time.
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