He has tried that before (e.g. on famous Realization
) but unsuccessfully. Untill now. As it was reported by adamondra.com and 8a.nu, the Czech flashed Southern Smoke Direct 5.15a/9a+
Red River Gorge is currently experiencing an absolute boom of young, talented and ambitious climbers from all over the world. No surprise that the spot will probably be our number one tag in the forthcoming news of November. We have already posted some info about Ashima Shiraishi’s
achievements in the Bob Marley sector and now the time has come for Adam Ondra to take over.
Adam did not waste any time and went directly under Southern Smoke which seems to be one of the most popular routes of the last twelve months. The route may be famous for being a perfect field for various records breaking but it seems like not many people know about its direct variant put up last year by Adam Taylor
. The variant adds a beginning in form of an 8B
boulder to the original line graded 8c+, which in overall is said to give 9a+. Daniel Woods
happened to be one of the witnesses of Ondra’s ascent and he commented on it as follows (as cited by Nick Duttle for dpmclimbing.com
): "Apparently, he walked up to it and just went into beast mode. He flashed the boulder problem and went to the top."