Adam Ondra claims first ascent of La Dura Dura 5.15c
On February 7th, Adam Ondra has claimed the first ascent of La Dura Dura in Oliana, Spain.
This is believed to be one of the hardest sport climbs to date, Adam proposed a grade of 5.15c for this route and also indicated that he feels it was harder than his first 5.15c ascent being the 180ft route called Change, located in the Hanshelleren cave near Flatanger, Norway, which he sent in October 2012.
La Dura Dura was bolted by Chris Sharma and was a joint project by the two, and it was also featured in the latest Reel Rock Film Tour.
Adam referred to this route as his “obsession” during his training, and made at least five trips to Spain devoted solely to La Dura Dura. But all the hard work has paid off for Adam, and after 9 weeks of working the route he finally managed to make the first ascent.
Speaking with 8a.nu, he commented:
"It was 2nd day on, my forearms felt sore in the morning. I was thinking of calling it a rest day... But I was less nervous and battled through the bottom and got very pumped to the 2nd crux, where I didn't fall despite no expectations. Sticking the jug, I felt like having a heat attack but I kept it together. 9b+ it is :)"
See a full interview with Adam after his ascent of La Dura Dura on Planetmountain.
Congratulations to Adam for pushing the bar of climbing and for sending this beast of a route!