Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra - the best climber in the world

Adam Ondra is considered one of the best climbers in the world. Due to his family background, Adam Ondra has been climbing since he was six years old. He became internationally known in 2009 with his redpoint ascent of the WoGü route. Since then, Ondra has been constantly improving and growing beyond himself and his abilities, making him a role model for many followers. In 2017, he became the first to conquer a route with a difficulty level of 9c. In doing so, he has pushed the boundaries of what is possible not only for himself, but for the entire climbing industry.

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Adam Ondra in numbers:
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Adam Ondra in numbers:
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Adam Ondra in numbers:
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Adam Ondra in numbers:
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Hero Moments

Adam Ondra is a true role model when it comes to ambition, mindset and continuous improvement. He was the first climber to conquer a route with a difficulty of 9c. This pushed the boundaries of what was possible not only for him personally, but also for the entire climbing industry. Nevertheless, Ondra remains down-to-earth and feels a great responsibility for the preservation of the diverse sport of climbing. In several documentaries and his own book, the professional athlete provides inspiring insights into his adventurous life.

Silence - Self-realization instead of competition

Adam Ondra is the first climber in the world to have mastered a route with a difficulty of 9c. On September 3, 2017, the professional climber succeeded in climbing the Silence route in the Hanshelleren Cave in Norway. In an interview with ISPO.com, Ondra stresses that he is not primarily concerned with competition. "For me, it's not about doing something that no one has done before - it's about doing something that I haven't done before. And if that happens to be the hardest route in the world - so much the better. After a certain point, comparing yourself to others demotivates you. You have to always want to improve yourself."

A Year and Half of Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra published a book in 2019 that inspires fans and gives a very personal insight into the life of the exceptional climber. The photo book is full of pure nature, hard work, emotions and shows a two-year journey through breathtaking outdoor areas, quiet rock formations as well as vibrant and lively indoor competitions. The photos are accompanied by unique texts by Adam himself, in which he shares his thoughts about climbing life, motivation, comfort zone, competitions, climbing etiquette.

The Wizard's Apprentice

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" is the result of two years of filming with Adam Ondra and tells the story of the inspiring adventures of the climbing wizard. It is an all-round portrait of an ordinary man, but at the same time extraordinary athlete, whose successes shake the parameters of vertical sports and make him a hero of his discipline.

"I don't really think about why I climb, I just simply love it."
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The life of the climbing professional

Adam Ondra was born on February 5, 1993 in Brno, the son of two climbers. His talent was practically born in his cradle. He started climbing at the age of six and as a 13-year-old he conquered his first route with the difficulty grade 9a. At the age of 16, Ondra won his first Lead Climbing World Cup and finished second in the Lead Climbing World Championships. During his career, he mastered some of the most difficult routes in the world, such as "Action Directe" and "La Rambla," among others. His list also includes some difficult first ascents, such as the Italian route "Marina Superstar" (9a/9b).

Adam Ondra's first international success was the opening of what was then the first 9b+ in the Hanselleren Cave in Norway. The professional climber set up the 50-meter route himself. He named it "Change" and conquered it for the first time in October 2012. According to Ondra, the difficulty level is 9b+.

In 2016, Adam Ondra managed the first repetition and first continuous redpoint ascent of the "Dawn Wall" . It took him only eight days.

In September 2017, the professional climber was able to record probably the greatest success of his career. He finished his project in the Hanshelleren Cave in Norway. The route "Silence" is currently the hardest and only route of its kind in the world, with a difficulty of 9c.

With the flash ascent of "Super Crackinette" (9a+) 2018 in France, Ondra achieved the first flash ascent (on the first attempt) in this difficulty grade worldwide.

In addition, he has also won major titles in many competitions. In 2014, for example, the multiple overall World Cup winner made climbing history as the first double world champion in the lead climbing and bouldering disciplines. But that's not all, Ondra continued to provide superlatives and bests. In total, he was awarded ten medals at the European Youth Championships. At the Lead World Cup he has so far won 21 medals and at the Boulder World Cup 13.

Adam Ondra stands out above all for his versatility. Currently, there is no other competitor who climbs at the professional level in sport climbing, competition climbing and multi-pitch, i.e. alpine terrain. Another characteristic of Ondra is that he likes to express his tension and effort noisily while climbing.

"When I was young, I loved the feeling of escaping to the rocks on a Friday afternoon with my parents."
Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra: The most important facts in brief

SportClimbing
Discipline:Lead, Bouldering
Height:185 cm
Nationality:Czech Republic
Birthday:February 05, 1993
Born in:Brno
Followers on Instagram:676.000
Breakthrough to the top of the world:Redpoint ascent of the route WoGü
World Cup debut:01 May. 2009
World Cup victories:15
Patner:Iva Vejmolova
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