Two days after his 20th birthday and one day after Chris Sharma did the FA of Stoke The Fire (5.15b) at Santa Linya, Adam Ondra has freed the infamous La Dura Dura project at Oliana, Spain. This was the route that was featured in this year’s Reel Rock Film Tour as Sharma and Ondra traded burns going for the FA. In the end the route fell to Ondra, but not without considerable 9 week effort on his part.
As usual, PlanetMountain has the first interview with Ondra after the send, including his thoughts on where this route stacks up compared to his route Change (5.15c):
I reckon it’s 9b+ (5.15c). If I compare it to Change I think La Dura Dura is harder, but still 9b+. Change really suits my style of climbing, the crux has some moves where you need to be really flexible and it seems to have been naturally made specifically for me. I know it might sound strange, but La Dura Dura has more straightforward climbing, but you really need to get everything wired 100%.
What makes Dura Dura such an important route for climbing—beyond just the 5.15c grade—is how it turned into a uniquely joint effort. From Chris bolting and cleaning the route, to Adam envisioning the moves and first showing Chris that they are possible, to the two of them feeding off of each other’s stoke to achieve something at the razor-sharp edge between incredible and impossible, La Dura Dura has been an amazing collaboration between the two best rock climbers of our time