Adam Ondra flashed Jade (V14) and Don’t Get Too Greedy (V13) in Colorado’s Upper Chaos Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, the day after his bronze medal finish at the Vail IFSC World Cup.
In the video of Ondra’s send, Dave Graham, who discovered the boulder problem, says, “That was really, really sick man. I can’t believe it.
“The hardest flash in the world, it’s gotta be.”
Graham discovered the line in 2001 but the FA fell to Daniel Woods six years later. Last August, Alex Puccio claimed the first female ascent, becoming the forth woman to climb V14.
Puccio was also present at the Vail World Cup, however, she injured her knee while warming up in isolation before Qualifiers and was unable to compete. Despite a torn ACL, partially forn MCL and a possibly torn meniscus, Puccio was hobbling around on crutches to cheer on her teammates through Semi-Finals and Finals.
Ondra placed third again in Vail—following the Toronto World Cup last weekend—but appeared frustrated with his performance in the competition. He struggled to stick many of the large dynamic moves and fell repeatedly, pacing in a circle below the bouldering wall each time, licking his finger tips and slapping them on his shorts before chalking up again for another attempt.
After Toronto, Ondra said, “I don’t like dynos very much. For me, for sure, getting use to the dynoing and doing the dynos first go for example, is really challenging” in an interview with Gripped Magazine.
He redeemed himself on Jade with what could be the hardest boulder flash ever done.
“Surreal moment of flashing this problem,” Ondra reported on 8a.nu. “Despite two days of World Cup before, I felt strong and with perfect skin. Super happy. Thank you Dave [Graham] for the beta.”
In 2014, Ondra was the double champion of the World Cup series in both bouldering and lead.
Daniel Woods on the first ascent of Jade (V15):
Cover photo: Liz Haas