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Amazing video of Ondra high up on The Salathe Wall
OffLine 8a.nu
  2018-11-30 00:00:00    
Adam Ondra during the end of his onsight attempt of The Salathe Wall in Yosemite, where he fell on an 8a+ trad pitch.
OffLine Jordan Shackelford
  2018-11-30 17:48:48    
Am I the only one rooting for the rock by the end of this video?
OffLine Tanner Rozier
  2018-11-30 19:22:04    
In my opinion, this kind of climbing video is the best. It shows everything, not just success, but the frustration of failure as well. It also isn't trying to get exaggerated and embellished footage of the process, but just shows you what happened. Lots of climbing movies these days are like Hollywood movies, but we all know climbing is nothing like that. Adam is amazing. I can't imagine onsighting such a long climb. Inconceivable.
OnLine Nicholas Valoff
  2018-11-30 21:21:26    
WOW, that was a fat whip.
OffLine paolocar88
  2018-12-01 00:15:03    
+1000 to Tanner words!
This video is so massive!

We want real, amateur, POV, not overpolished staged videos...
(I'm talking about climbing videos... What are you thinking about? ;)
OnLine Geo Bush
  2018-12-01 06:50:59    
"Not by the hand of man will the Salathe fall"...No one who has freed the Salathe in a day has done the Headwall "ledge-to-ledge" - they all belayed somewhere on the Headwall - effectively meaning the Salathe hasn't been freed yet (onsight or otherwise) at the individual "all-free-in-a-day" standard. Someone with smaller hands will hold the advantage on the flared, shallow Headwall crack, just like someone did on the Nose...
OffLine Federico Trespiernas
  2018-12-01 09:54:20    
Of course! one can´t stand anywhere in the middle of a pitch connected by cracks, hang on two bolts, rest, then keep climbing and claim to have freed the climb. That is still A0 or one hang.

Great video, by the way. I´m I'm really enjoying Adam's series of vlogs. As well as the adventures of Raboutou, Cameroni, Albert & cia in this channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5jRwTUqG15l-BcqQHbVFtA
OffLine Franz the Stampede
  2018-12-01 19:41:02    
Great great video! The music in the first part makes for a nice, tense atmosphere. Does anybody wish Adam had kept the helmet on, especialyl in the hardest pitches? I know technical difficulty and fall danger are not necessarily related, but such a long fall on relatively vertical terrain... :O

Didn't Pete Whittaker flashed the route? Or was it Easy/Free Rider?
OnLine Kenny Walker
  2018-12-02 01:14:59    
Stiff .13d ledge to ledge. Few climbers have done it this way. Yuji, Tommy, Honnold... maybe a few others.
OnLine Kenny Walker
  2018-12-02 11:58:37    
Pete Whittaker flashed Freerider, but so far no one has on sighted the big stone. Yuji, Leo, Ueli, Nico, and maybe a handful of others have come close... but no onsight yet.
OffLine Jan V'
  2018-12-03 16:17:52    
@Jordan Shackelford "Am I the only one rooting for the rock by the end of this video?"

Seems so. So you should think once or twice before writing such an awful comment.
OffLine Jason Crank
  2018-12-03 17:16:08    
Jan, I disagree. Not awful at all. Onsighting an El Cap route would be a monumental feat - that the current world's best wasn't up to task at his first attempt only elevates the achievement for whomever is later successful. In Ondra's "failure", the mystique, the magic, and the gravity of the objective remains for atleast a few more years. It also reminds us that even Adam Ondra is human like us - he gets tired, he feels pain. If he were somehow superhuman, somehow special, I would find him less motivational, as he represents an impossible standard.
OffLine Jan V'
  2018-12-04 08:17:09    
@Jason Crank to wish bad luck to aynone is just bad IMHO.

You need Adam Ondra to fail on Salathe to realize he is human like other humans, that he feels pain, that he gets tired? Really? What a rubbish. Even if you somehow (I really don't know how this could happen but lets pretend it happened) forgot Adam Ondra is normal human being, you've had many opportunities to acknowledge he feels pain and he gets tired prior trying Salathe OS. Or have you missed all of them? I don't believed you've missed every single route he didn't climb OS, every competition route or boulder he couldn't top etc. etc.

"Onsighting an El Cap route would be a monumental feat - that the current world's best wasn't up to task at his first attempt only elevates the achievement for whomever is later successful. " - Strange logic: great (or for you monumental) feat stands for wishing athlete isn't succesful in accomplishing that feat. Following this logic you'd always wished everyone to fail, because it would add up for the next one if he succeeded. So bad luck everyone! :-) Anyway there is no logic in that, because to accomplish certain specific feat is for any athlete the same achievement (except if he/she isn't handicapped in some wayor future). The climb doesn't get harder with every climbes who fails, right? Holds won't disappear, footholds won't disappear... So any number of climbers who failed previuosly doesn't make it bigger achievement for the one who succeeds. And think about possibility future climbers will have better equipment, lighter equipment...which they'll probably have, thus you can't really compare with previous attempts. Is it still same achievement to climb certain route if you have better equipment? I don't know. No one can know.

"In Ondra's "failure", the mystique, the magic, and the gravity of the objective remains for atleast a few more years." - There is nothing mystic and magic about that, this is climbing, it's very hard climb, everyone knows it even without artificially making it mystique and magic.