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Adam Ondra Makes ‘Scary’ First Ascents on Czech Sandstone

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You don’t usually get to see the world’s best rock climber get gripped. Here’s your chance.

The line between climbing hard and climbing scared can be pretty thin — but most sport climbers don’t spend much time walking it.

There’s a reason it’s “sport,” right? The whole idea is that life and death don’t have to hang in the balance, so the climber can tap the resulting mental calm to engage the rock physically.

Adam Ondra spends a lot of time doing exactly that. But in “Tomajda,” he takes a walk on the wild side.

Watch a scary route go up on a quiet cliff in the Czech Republic, at the hands of Ondra and a little-renowned (but highly skilled) local.

Runtime: 12.5 minutes

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