Adam Ondra is currently in Chile after touring America for a few weeks and sending some of the most classics routes.
His main goal was to onsight the 30-pitch Salathe Wall 5.13 on El Capitan, which he nearly did.
Ondra’s found the 5.13 boulder problem more difficult than he expected. Ondra is belayed by Nicolas Favresse for his onsight attempt.
Salathe was a dream of mine for a long time. A dream of just being up there, feeling the air and exposure of the "headwall" (upper part of Salathe which is the crux), putting my hands into perfect cracks… And to onsight it. Some dreams came true yesterday, but the ultimate – the onsight is not fulfilled. And the nature of onsight is that it will never be fulfilled any more. It is only one try, lots of pressure in case of such a legendary route like Salathe in Yosemite on El Capitan. Yesterday we started with amazing partner @nicofavresse at 00:01 AM, 7 AM we were up at the "Boulderproblem", 8:30 AM at the Block, still onsighting all. At 1:30 PM we continued through Enduro and the roof and I failed to onsight Headwall pitch 1 in the upper part, on my second go I fell right at the anchor. No more energy to give another try. Pic by @bernardo_gimenez @montura_official @blackdiamond @lasportivagram @mytendon