Adam On­dra Sends Ne­an­derthal

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Adam On­dra re­peated Ne­an­derthal 5.15b at Santa Linya, Spain, which was first climbed by Chris Sharma in 2009, nine years af­ter he first tried it. In 2011, he tried one day, made it to the dyno se­cond go, but the next day it was wet. In 2015, he tried for a week, but couldn’t link the dyno. “It felt too hard with two fin­gers in the pocket, and I had no idea how to squeeze my three fat fin­gers in,” On­dra said. In 2017, “I found bet­ter knee­bars, fig­ured out how to squeeze my fat fin­gers into the pocket and stuck the dyno on day one of the trip, only to fall off from the no-hand-rest above be­cause a foothold broke.” In 2019, he stuck the dyno and fell higher again. “Last day of the trip, I fell off the dyno again. As the sun came, I had to go fast. It was an epic try, but hell – it felt good to be in the sun at the an­chor.”

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