[VIDEO] Adam Ondra on “Bon Voyage” E12 (9a)

Trad climbing is a kind of climbing Adam Ondra always hesitated to immerse myself in. Influenced by the film Hard Grit, the idea of a bold and dangerous route where you can seriously hurt yourself was not very tempting to hin, even though he climbed many bold routes on Czech sandstone.

Adam Ondra:

“When I first heard of @OnceUponAClimb – James Pearson’s Bon Voyage route, I knew I had to go there immediately. It simply looked too good. Relatively safe, but runout climbing with seriously difficult boulder problems on immaculate sandstone in the idyllic countryside of southern France.

As icing on the cake- potentially the world’s hardest trad route (in terms of physical difficulties) – I found it too tempting. James Pearson himself came along the way, showed me the moves and I admitted that the route was hard. I had to dig deep, take some rest and execute. Still, it was not enough to do it straight away. I had to take some big falls from the end of the crux sequence, eventually even testing the worst possible fall before I could link all the moves of this brutal masterpiece.”


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