Unstoppable Adam Ondra adds new 9b to Arco, Italy
Adam Ondra has made the first ascent of One Slap, a new 9b sports climb at the crag Laghel close to Arco. This is the second 9b in Arco and the third in Italy.
There’s a new 9b in Arco and, once again, it’s been put up by Adam Ondra. After the first ascent of Queen Line at the crag Laghel last April, the Czech climber has now freed One Slap at the same crag. The new route adds a direct start to One Punch, a climb established by local Stefano Ghisolfi at the start of May.
Ondra pulled off the first repeat of One Punch after various days of work spread out over the last few months, and he commented that it’s probably closer to 9a+/b than the 9a+ put forward initially by the Italian. After having added a bolt at the start, Ondra then freed the more difficult direct start to produce One Slap.
Not content, Ondra then freed another 9a nearby, rendering Laghel one of the crags with the highest concentration of cutting-edge climbs in the world:1 x 9a, 1 x 9a+/b and 2 x 9b, as well as other projects even harder still…