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Final Push – Day 4: Adam Ondra Hits First Hurdle

Adam Ondra, who has been blasting his way up the Dawn Wall (VI 5.14d) of El Cap, hit his first hurdle of the final push.

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Adam Ondra, who has been blasting his way up the Dawn Wall (VI 5.14d) of El Cap, hit his first
hurdle of the final push. Yesterday, on day four of his ground up, single push attempt, Pitch 14 (5.14d)—and the pressure of the climb—proved
their difficulty.

“Climbed super poorly, so much pressure, so nervous!” Ondra reported on Instagram. “Needed seven tries to make it through the first boulder problem on
pitch 14, a boulder problem that I never really found very hard before, but somehow felt really hard today.”

Ondra slipped on his first and second tries, and then “just freaked out” and “felt so insecure with my feet,” he reported. He fell repeatedly, and on his
seventh go, finally made it through the first boulder problem only to fall on the pitch’s last move.

“Hard to find some optimism, but I will try it again tomorrow,” he reported, “hopefully with better mindset. Thanks everyone for encouragement! I am sorry
for today, hopefully there is still the chance!”

On day one of the final push,
Ondra, who is being supported by fellow Czech climber Pavel Blazek, powered through the route’s first nine pitches (5.12b, 5.13a, 5.13c, 5.12b, 5.12d,
5.13c, 5.14a, 5.13d, 5.13c). On Day two, he
dispatched pitches 10, 11, 12 and 13 (5.14a, 5.13c, 5.14b, 5.13b), which brought him to the bottom of the crux pitches. He rested for a day, before
taking on pitch 14 yesterday, and plans to give it another shot today.

Stay tuned for updates on his progress.

Dawn Wall (VI 5.14d) Topo

Beggining of the pitch #14 . @adam.ondra @blackdiamond #dawnwall #elcapitan #yosemite #liveclimbrepeat #blackdiamond

A video posted by Pavel Blažek (@pavelblazek) on

Damn! Climbed super poorly, so much pressure, so nervous! Needed 7 tries to make it through the first boulderproblem on pitch 14, a boulderproblem that i never really found very hard before, but somehow felt really hard today. I slipped on my first try, then on my second try, then just freaked out and felt so insecure with my feet trying to climb as carefully as possible but kept slipping nevertheless. Then, on my 7th try, I did the boulderproblem, and fell from the last move. Hard to find some optimism, but I will try it again. Tomorrow and hopefully with better mindset. Thanks everyone for encouragement! I am sorry for today, hopefully there is still the chance! @mytendon @blackdiamondequipment #Montura @lasportivagram #elcapitan #dawnwall #yosemite @

A photo posted by Adam Ondra (@adam.ondra) on


Adam Ondra’s Dawn Wall Final Push Timeline:

Ondra tracker. <em>Dawn Wall</em>, El Capitan, Yosemite. <a target=Click here for the full Dawn Wall topo.” title=”Ondra tracker. Dawn Wall, El Capitan, Yosemite. Click here for the full Dawn Wall topo.“>

Day 1 (Nov. 14):

Pitch 1 (5.12b)

Pitch 2 (5.13a)

Pitch 3 (5.13c)

Pitch 4 (5.12b)

Pitch 5 (5.12d)

Pitch 6 (5.13c)

Pitch 7 (5.14a)

Pitch 8 (5.13d)

Pitch 9 (5.13c)

Day 2 (Nov. 15):

Pitch 10 (5.14a)

Pitch 11 (5.13c)

Pitch 12 (5.14b)

Pitch 13 (5.13b)

Day 3 (Nov. 16):

Rest day

Day 4 (Nov. 17):

Pitch 14 (5.14d), eight attempts, unsuccessful

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