A Hard, Hard Route: Ondra Conquers La Dura Dura, a 5.15c
After a few weeks on La Dura Dura in 2012, two of the best climbers in the world—Adam Ondra and Chris Sharma—decided to take a break. This route near Oliana, Spain, was believed to be the hardest line ever attempted at 5.15c. For the moment, it would remain unclimbed.
In the meantime, 19-year-old Ondra went back to school in the Czech Republic, smashed routes on a trip to the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and established the hardest route on the planet...just for good measure.
A few months later, it was time to face La Dura Dura again. And on Wednesday, after nine weeks of work, he claimed the first ascent.
The video above is a clip from a film in the Reel Rock Tour. It shows Ondra and Sharma's first serious attempts on La Dura Dura. The name translates to "The Hard Hard," so called because the challenging route merited extra emphasis.