Adam Ondra just won the Czech Nationals and has already turned his sights back to the outdoors.
In an Instagram post today, he showed off the tag for a 500-metre static rope.
In Canada, 80- and 100-metre ropes are often used as climbing ropes at crags in the Rockies and on the coast.
Longer ropes have surely been used, but the weight of the rope would make it nearly impossible to move upwards, especially when you add drag, on hard climbs.
A 500-metre lines is usually reserved for rescue specialists who need to access an area, but some viderographers have access to long ropes.
Photographers often have to rig hundreds of metres of rope on walls to get capture the action and Ondra’s video team is likely one of the best equipped.
El Cap often has fixed ropes from the bottom to top during peak season for photographers to capture hard sends. Freerider was fixed for Alex Honnold’s free solo in 2017.
This is what it looks like to rappel in on El Cap – @jimmy_chin navigating a total junk show on his way down for a day of work on the wall. It was his birthday yesterday – happy birthday, Jimmy! After 10 years of climbing and shooting together it’s still always a pleasure. We’re all continuing to tour with Free Solo this week. I was in Seattle last night and Portland tonight – pretty cool to see the film spreading around the country. But starting to look forward to touching real rock again…. @freesolofilm @natgeo @thenorthface @cheynelempe photo.