posted by dpm on 05/13/2014
Adam Ondra continues to reap the benefits of his recent training under the tutelage of former World Cup master Patxi Usobiaga. After his 2nd 9a/5.14d onsight earlier this month, Ondra traveled to the relatively short power-endurance wall of Villanueva de Valdegobia, Spain for another 9a onsight attempt. He nearly pulled it off but had to settle for a redpoint of Psikoterapia (5.14d) later that day.
Ondra then returned to Baltzola, the same crag where he onsighted Il Domani (5.14d). This time he was able to repeat Ini Ameriketan, a route established by Rikar Otegui in 2002. Despite finding better beta than that used by Rikar, Ondra suggested an upgrade from the original proposed grade of 5.14d to 5.15a. He was also able to claim the first ascent of a project bolted by Patxi that he’s calling Ira (5.14d).