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Adam Ondra’s First Ascent of New V16, “Brutal Rider”

Watch Adam Ondra establish a new V16, Brutal Rider, in a cave near his home in the Czech Republic.

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Ondra writes on YouTube: “Over the last 10 years, I have been neglecting hard outdoor bouldering, mostly either focusing on competitions or when focusing on rock climbing, sport climbing (with rope) always had priority. Bouldering was more of a tool for training. But around my home, there are hard bouldering projects. They might not be the best lines ever, they usually lack topouts, but they are hard, they are there and they simply need to be sent, especially as the moves are usually intricate and interesting!

“This spring I have had more time to focus on them. Watch the first ascent of Brutal Rider 8C+ (V16) in the next episode! The boulderproblem is long, it has 25 hard moves and could also be graded as hard 9b sport route. Last time, when I did an 8C+, was 10 years ago. It is a lower start into Ghost Rider, an 8C first ascended by Martin Stráník last year. And it links ‘Brutus’, an 8A+ (Brutus exits left into relatively easy terrain) into the start of Ghost Rider.”


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