Flex, Scream, Send: Adam Ondra’s First Ascents Assail the Senses

Sit back, watch, and listen to one of the world’s preeminent climbers send 8c+ and 9a+ routes in the Balkans.

On the one hand, Black Diamond’s short film, “Adam Ondra — The Balkans Road Trip,” presents the Czech climber as a humble traveler through quiet southeast European towns.

But those snapshots juxtapose against Ondra‘s ferocity on the crag. “The Balkans Road Trip” provides a candid look at an elite climber performing at the highest level.

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Watch: Adam Ondra Onsights 5.14c at Smith Rock
Adam Ondra climbs an incredibly difficult sport climbing route in one attempt. The 140-foot testpiece was America's first 5.14c, set by Alan Watts, and had yet to see an onsight until Ondra. Read more…

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