Adam Ondra Repeats Geocache (9a+/5.15a) in a Day
Adam Ondra has made the second ascent of Alex Megos' Geocache (9a+/5.15a) in the Frankenjura, Germany.
Claudia Ziegler” title=”Adam Ondra catches a marginal rest on Move (5.15b) in the Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway, on the cover of Rock and Ice issue 215 (January 2014). Cover photo: Claudia Ziegler“>Adam Ondra has made the second ascent of Geocache in the Frankenjura, Germany.
He climbed the route in a single day.
“Almost did [Geocache] in a couple of tries in the short morning session, but punted really hard on the very top,” Ondra wrote on his 8a scorecard. “Then I took a rest and sent it in the evening.”
Alex Megos made the first ascent in September 2014 after working the line for six days and over 40 attempts—his longest project at the time. In describing
the difficulty, he said, “I don’t think it is really hard, just a bit strange.”
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Ondra agrees: “Regarding to the grade, I agree with Alex that it is strange route most of all (even though it is very cool and fun to climb),” he wrote.
“And hard too, but how hard is the question.
“I am considering that the route fits my style, being tall helps a tiny bit and I feel in a good shape, I guess 9a+ [5.15a] could be OK. But conditions
were rather humid, even though it was not 30 degrees [Celsius] as the previous day.”
Earlier this year, Adam Ondra claimed the second ascent of Chris Sharma’s Stoking the Fire (5.15b) at the Santa Linya cave, Catalunya, Spain—his eleventh 5.15b.
In March, he jumped on the send-train for Asagimadara (V15) at Mt. Mizugaki, Japan;
onsighted The Core (5.14b/c) and Outdoorfingerspiele (5.14b), and made the first ascent of More (5.14d), in three tries,
in Croatia; and at Slovenia’s Misja Pec, he finished his project Vicious Circle (5.15a/b).
He has not been competing in this year’s IFSC Bouldering World Cup circuit.
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