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California

Nov 23, 2016

Adam Ondra Sends the Dawn Wall

In under eight days, Adam Ondra climbed all of the 32 pitches, pulling off the second and fastest free-ascent of the Dawn Wall.

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The Outdoor Journal

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On November 21, 2016, Adam Ondra pulled off the second free-ascent of the Dawn Wall. A 23-year-old world champion climber from the Czech Republic, he climbed all of the 32 pitches in under eight days.

Widely considered to be the longest, hardest free climb in the world, it was first climbed by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. The VI 5.14d insane route on the popular 3000-foot granite monolith, El Capitan, received widespread international media attention last year. Tommy and Kevin established the route during a gruelling 19-day push. However, they worked on it for close to seven years.

Adam Ondra celebrating after he finished the most difficult pitches of the climb. Photo Courtesy Heinz Zak/ Black Diamond Equipment
Adam Ondra celebrating after he finished the most difficult pitches of the climb. Photo Courtesy Heinz Zak/ Black Diamond Equipment

This was Ondra’s first time in Yosemite Valley, California, as well as his first time big-wall climbing. One of the strongest and arguably best climbers out there, Ondra rapidly learned the ropes and managed a one-day ascent of the iconic Nose with his father.

Adam Ondra climbing pitch 21 of the Dawn Wall by headlamp. Photo Courtesy Heinz Zak/ Black Diamond Equipment
Adam Ondra climbing pitch 21 of the Dawn Wall by headlamp. Photo Courtesy Heinz Zak/ Black Diamond Equipment

On November 14, Ondra, along with Czech climber Pavel Blažek, started at 1:30am and powered through the first nine pitches. Ondra led every pitch over the next eight days, unlike Caldwell and Jorgeson, who shared leads. On his fifth day, he climbed the route’s crux and on his sixth day, he nailed the route’s last difficult pitches. On day eight, he topped out, achieving an epic goal, claiming the second and fastest ascent of the Dawn Wall- the hardest big-wall free climb in the world.

Feature Image: Adam Ondra sends pitches 14 and 15 on Day 5. Photo Courtesy Pavel Blažek/ Black Diamond Equipment


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