Adam Ondra climbing the best boulder ever built
The video of Adam Ondra on what the Czech climber describes as the best boulder ever built, an narrow arête located on an underpass near Brno in the Czech Republic.
Buildering, ie climbing up buildings, bridges, flyovers and other man-made urban structures, has a long and rich history with the first official guidebook published in 1899 documenting how to climb the glorious spires at University of Cambridge in England by Geoffrey Winthrop Young.
120 years have passed since then but the charm of "nabbing" an unusual ascent is stronger than ever before. Difficulties as well what can be climbed have increased significantly, and after Ticket crack crack in Belgium and the crazy compression underpass in Montreal in Canada, here’s an ode to Exhumace close to Brno in the Czech Republic. First ascended in 2002 by Ivo David at 8B, it requires a particular frog-like technique. Adam Ondra repeated it the other day, describing it as semi-seriously as one of the most beautiful boulder problems he’s ever climbed, and swearing that with approach shoes it’s easier than with climbing shoes.
PS. For traditionalists; Martin Stráník has freed Iceberg 8C at Moravský kras, Karoline Sinnhuber has repeated the 8A+ 2nd life, Delusion of Grandeur and Conquistador in Chironico, Jimmy Webb has repeated Lucid Dreaming V15 at Bishop and Jakob Schubert Off the Wagon 8B+ in Val Bavona. And Vadim Timonov dominated Off the Wagon on his second attempt before racking up an endless list of boulders at Cresciano and Chironico including the 8C Dreamtime and Story of two worlds.
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