I expect we've all seen this before, but I hadn't - how cool is Ondra?!
A wonderful happy celebration of pure climbing. I loved the 'Well tried, dude!' when he fell off – speaking to Adam Ondra of all people!
That's reminiscent of the stuff Johnny Dawes used to do on the Mancunian Way flyover in Manchester. There might be some snippets in Stone Monkey iirc.
Even Johnny, however, couldn't climb 8B in approach shoes.
I love the way Adam is so clearly part of the local scene and has such evident respect for climbing history & tradition and for other peoples' achievements.
Brilliant , ta for posting.
If the 'best' climber in the world is the one having the most fun, then not only is Adam Ondra the best climber in the world he is also the 'best' climber in the world !
Excellent little video.
If you've seen him falling off routes when he was trying to flash 9a+ then there's an argument for him also being the 'worst' climber in the world :D
Loved it! Hanging out with some great people, trying to climb such an unusual, impossible looking feature. Even more precious as it rises from the quotidian concrete, yet, "The movements are beautiful." Right up there with Malcolm Smith in 'Splinter'. Happy days indeed. What climbing's all about. Thank you so much for letting us know about this.
That's a great little film - the joy he (they all) gets from climbing a lump of concrete
So cool, thanks for sharing. Its like a concrete Clipperty Clop.
And now the sit start...
There are some very nice episodes in this series. This certainly is one of the best.
I hadn't either. He's pretty cool :D
It's a great little video, I think lots of elements bring it together:
- A lot of the interaction seems genuine rather than staged.
- There isn't anyone telling us the climber in the video is the best/fastest/coolest/biggest balls in the world.
- Aside from the laughing confession at the end, there isn't any hamming up of the project as being worlds best/hardest.
- There isn't any pseudoreligious nonsense talk about the experience/dream/feeling/meaning of life/etc. (Americans are particularly bad for this but by no means alone).
Excellent, the value of grotty quarries on your doorstep cannot be over estimated. I remember being very frustrated in my first flush of climbing enthusiasm that there was nothing on the doorstep. I lived in Hereford.
Ended up doing eliminates on the back wall of Castle Green toilets, a vertical edge fest. Come to think of it there could be a film in that.
> Excellent, the value of grotty quarries on your doorstep cannot be over estimated.
Absolutely! I notice that 'Supercrack', just to the right of Ondra's multi-pad project/FA, was done in 1982 by J Sustr. I wonder whether that's Jindrich Sustr, who the previous year made the first ascent of Via Attraverso il Pesce on Marmolada - 'The Fish' - with Igor Koller. I would imagine that having somewhere like this as a local crag would lead to strong fingers.
> I would imagine that having somewhere like this as a local crag would lead to strong fingers.
Finally the secret to Ondras success, daily sessions on quarried ming. All hail Wilton!
"I used to come here with Martin Stranik after school"
Imagine the consternation of adult locals who up to that point had imagined they were kings of the castle.
The BMC have launched a 'No Moor BBQs' campaign, after countless devastating moorland fires. They are calling on the government to criminalise the use of disposable barbeques on open moorland, with a severe penalty for anyone caught.