Last weekend, Adam Ondra sent Disbelief, 5.15b, at the Canadian sport crag Acephale. The 25-year-old already has over 20 sends 5.15b and harder to his name.
Since he recently downgraded Evan Hau’s Honour and Glory to 5.14d, Disbelief stands as only the second 5.15 in the country, alongside Alex Megos’ Fight Club (5.15b) at Raven’s Crag. The 5.15b slab of Disbelief required Ondra’s maximum effort. The Czech climber wrote on Instagram, “It was a crazy day. I almost wanted to give up. After two tries, when I got to the crux move (which is actually a foot move) totally fresh, I would slip off for like 15th time.” Despite this, on his third try of the day he sent. “I cannot think of many other routes where I climbed so close to my limit,” he wrote.
On Monday, he went on to send the 45-meter Sacrifice (5.15a), a line which runs directly to the right of Honour and Glory at Echo Canyon’s Coliseum. Hau bolted the line at the same time as Honour and Glory, but it remained an open project until two days ago, when Ondra sent it. On Instagram, Ondra alluded to the naming of the route, writing, “As much as it is fun to climb on established routes, we should give a credit to everyone who makes the “sacrifice” to bolt and clean the routes for all of us!” giving a shout out to Hau’s bolting efforts, as well as to local crusher Miles Adamson, who recently made Honour and Glory’s third ascent and also put up Don’t Rock the Boatswain (5.14a), one of Canada’s hardest multipitch routes, earlier this summer. -Owen Clarke