Adam Ondra recently announced an incredible climbing milestone: he’s climbed over 200 routes graded 5.14d (9a) or harder – 201 routes to be exact. No other climber in history has climbed that many hard routes. In his 26 years of climbing, Ondra has sent one 5.15d (an FA of Silence in 2017), four 5.15c’s, 22 5.15b’s, 47 5.15a’s, and 127 5.14d’s. Now that’s a pyramid!
All four of his 5.15c sends have been first ascents. In 2012, he established Change in Flatanger, Norway. The following year he made FAs of La Dura Dura in Oliana, Spain and Vasil Vasil in his home country of Czechia. Almost 10 years later, Ondra made another 5.15c ascent, the route Zvěřinec at the Holstejn crag in Czechia’s Moravian Karst. He called the route the second hardest of his life, the first being Silence.
In total, Ondra has climbed a staggering 1,730 routes graded 5.13b (8a) or harder. He’s onsighted 91 routes 5.14b (8c) and up. In February 2018, he flashed 5.15a with his first-go send of Super Crackinette in Saint-Léger-du-Ventoux, France. His most significant multi-pitch to date was the second ascent of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s Dawn Wall 5.14d in Yosemite in November 2016.
While not as impressive as his route climbing resume, Ondra also has a serious number of hard bouldering ticks to his name. He’s sent four V16’s, 17 V15’s, and 37 V14’s. In 2011, he sent his first two V16 boulders: an FA of Terranova in Czechia and a repeat of Gioia in Italy. In 2020, he sent Ledoborec V16 and Brutal Rider V16 on back-to-back days in Czechia.