Two 8C+ link-ups by Adam Ondra

Tuesday, 2 June

Adam Ondra has the last ten years focused mainly on competitions and hard routes neglecting hardcore boulders. With the Covid-19 he found some new boulder link-ups around his home and last week he opened two 8C+'; Brutal Rider and Icebreaker.

This spring, I had the goal of sending Brutal Rider, which despite being super long for a boulderproblem, it is a pretty logical and obvious line and I wanted to get it done. While I was working on Brutal Rider, it got wet for a few days in Sloup cave, so I moved to Holstejn to try not that obvious linkup of an 8B into Iceberg 8C. This linkup became a few days later Ledoborec (= Icebreaker) 8C+. It is one of the hardest pieces of climbing I have done recently and I reckon it could be about 9b/b+ sport route. The next day Brutal Rider was dry and despite the river flooding the base of the cave, we made it work using wooden pallets and I was able to make FA of this problem as well. Brutal Rider is slightly easier, it could be about 9b sport route. (c) Petr Chodura

Great video of Brutal Rider 8C+ in the Adam Ondra episode #68

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