Adam Ondra Goes on Sending Rampage In Croatia and Bosnia

The 25-year-old Czech climber onsighted Spomin, a nine-pitch 5.14b, and made first ascents of High Line (5.15a/b) and Dioklecijan (5.14c/d).

By Tyler Macdonald | October 1st, 2018

Adam Ondra is at it again. Coming off an impressive second place showing in the Lead World Championships early last month, Ondra returned to the real rock with style. After leaving Innsbruck , Ondra traveled to Bosnia where he established a 9a+/b (5.15a/b) called High Line. After two days of bolting the line, Ondra needed only two days for the redpoint.

In an Instagram post about the climb, Ondra wrote that the lower section of High Line features “big moves” on slightly overhanging pockets, a crux in the middle where the wall turns vertical, and “never ending technical difficulties all the way to the anchor in vertical or slightly slabby wall.”

After sending High Line, Ondra made his way to Croatia for Spomin, an old aid line in Packlenica National Park. Recently freed by Luka Krajnc, Spomin snakes its way up one of the steepest sections of  Anica Kuk, the proudest wall in Croatia. It consists of nine pitches—four of them 8a+ (5.13c) or harder, and a crux pitch of 8c (5.14b). Ondra onsighted the entire route, adding another hard multipitch route to his resume, along with climbs like the Dawn Wall on El Cap and Mora Mora on Tsaranoro.

Post Spomin, Ondra gave Croatia a new testpiece with the first ascent of Dioklecijan, which he graded a marginally more mortal 8c+/9a (5.14c/d) compared with his new Bosnian route.


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