Adam Ondra onsights his second 9a
On 04/05/2014 at Baltzola in Spain Adam Ondra onsighted Il Domani.
Second 9a onsight for Adam Ondra: yesterday the Czech sucessfully climbed Il Domani, the 60+ stamina fest freed by Basque climber Patxi Usobiaga in 2003 through the ultra-steep Baltzola cave in Spain. This is Ondra's second 9a onsight after a long courtship with this extreme that culminated, in July 2013, with his onsight of Cabane au Canada at Rawyl in Switzerland, only 4 months after the world's first 9a onsight at the hands of Alexander Megos.
Yesterday's ascent is only the third time ever therefore that this difficulty has been mastered in the finest of styles and this comes in the wake of a series of other 9a's redpointed recently by Ondra. These include, amongst others, the redpoint of Underground at Arco in Italy and the first ascent of Back Road at nearby Rovereto.
Interestingly, in this area Ondra has now found something that may challenge him for quite a while, a project he told us is "is really interesting that might be one of the hardest routes in the world. I was really happy to find out that Arco is still full of potential and might become the "place to be" again."
It's early days yet to know more, but in the meantime it's worth noting that in order to succeed on the 9a onsight of Il Domani, Ondra had to pull out all the stops. Hence his description "My hardest onsight ever 4sure."