Adam Ondra’s outstanding year continues with more hard climbing at the limestone Holštejn in Czech Republic.
Last week, he made the first ascents of Drift V15 and Vrtule, which he graded V15/16. Watch the send in the video below.
He noted on social media after, “Poweful climbing on undercuts leading to this jump with a helicopter swing. Day 1 Could not do the moves. Day 2 Did all the moves. Day 3 Did it in two parts. Day 4 Sent it.”
Over in California, Jimmy Webb climbed his 14th V15 with the first ascent of The Outer Limits at Donner Summit.
The 18-move problem could be considered a highball as it climbs over 10 metres of hard climbing.
On Instagram, Webb noted, ” I spent many days figuring out beta, realizing the importance of conditions, and building the necessary fitness to succeed. It revolves around 18 moves of super powerful climbing to a campus rung edge just above the lip at around the 18 foot mark.”
Well before moving to the Sacramento area I heard rumor of a very sick project up in Lake Tahoe. A massive overhanging granite feature jutting out of the ground known as the Flying Saucer project. @jasonkehl_cryptochild was one of the first climbers I believe to actually try the line and to vision its possibility. Many years later now and the line remained undone. On my first day in the area I couldn't help but to go check it out and immediately I knew I had to climb it. I spent many days figuring out beta, realizing the importance of conditions, and building the necessary fitness to succeed. It revolves around 18 moves of super powerful climbing to a campus rung edge just above the lip at around the 18 foot mark. From here a techy V8 lip encounter pulls you onto the 20 foot headwall and eventually to the top of this massive Boulder. Fast forward now a few weeks later and yesterday afternoon I finally managed to master the subtleties, stick to the stone, and keep it together for the first ascent! This has to be one of the more meaningful first ascents I've climbed in a while and I couldn't be more stoked to finish it off!! Massive thanks goes to @hannahmichelled_ , @kevintakashismith , and @jonathanethompson for the continual support while I flailed on this beast! 'The Outer Limits' V15 Cheers kev for the 🎥 still! #bouldering #firstascent #laketahoe @hippytree @fiveten_official @organicclimbing @metoliusclimbing