If Adam Ondra was on top of the climbing world in 2010, he was on another planet in 2011. This spring, the 18-year-old Czech sent four routes at the bleeding-edge grade of 5.15b, including Chris Sharma’s Chaxi Raxi project and Bernabe Fernandez’s controversial route Chilam Balam. In between, he managed to find the time to onsight seven 5.14c’s; to put that achievement in perspective, the rest of the world’s top climbers combined have onsighted a total of three. But his most impressive sends came in the space of two months this fall, when he climbed two boulder problems at the almost-unheard-of grade of V16: Christian Core’s Gioia and a traverse that Ondra dubbed Terranova. Two V16’s in a year would be an incredible achievement for a dedicated boulderer. For Ondra–first and foremost a route climber—it’s just more evidence of just how far ahead of the game he is.
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