Adam On­dra Sends First 5.15d Ever

John Lauch­lan Award Suc­cess

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Adam On­dra wrapped up is multi-year project, Si­lence, in the Han­shelleren Cave at Fla­tanger, Nor­way i n Septem­ber. He made the first free as­cent of Si­lence and graded it 5.15d, the f irst ever of the diff iculty. He said af­ter­wards that it “felt like an­other or­di­nary day on the project. It was hot, but the air was crys­tal clear and dry. I felt very lit­tle pres­sure and a lot of psych. Key in­gre­di­ents for send­ing the world’s f irst 9c [ 5.15d].” The crux is 10 moves with a V15 boul­der, which On­dra said is one of the hard­est boul­der prob­lems in the world on its own. East Coast climbers Max Fisher and Fred Giroux were awarded the 2017 John Lauch­lan Award to climb new routes on the Ho­mathko Ice­field on the West Coast. The pair made the first as­cent of Mount Grenville’s 350- me­tre north­west face up Melquiades M4+ AI4, and of Peak 9332’ s north­east face up the 300- me­tre Reme­dios the Beauty AI3. They also es­tab­lished the 600- me­tre all-rock route Ma­condo 5.10 up Galleon Peak. Fisher said, “We de­cided to leave the ice climb­ing tools at camp and went rock climb­ing on Galleon Peak. We me­an­dered our way up the south face and man­aged to find a few good pitches of gran­ite alpine climb­ing.”

Adam On­dra on Si­lence 5.15d

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