Hardest Climbing Route on Earth: Adam Ondra Gives Play by Play

One of the world’s best rock climbers walks us through the footage of his ascent of Silence, the world’s first 9c (5.15d) rock climb.

“For most of the time, I was not really trying the whole roof. All I was interested in was the crux section.” And so begins Adam Ondras’s interesting explanation of how he eventually scaled a roof so gnarly that most humans cannot even fathom climbing it.

So, if you’re interested in diving into a remarkably complex and difficult physical challenge, Ondra answers some of the most frequent questions he gets about the world’s hardest sport route: Silence.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.


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