Adam Ondra Offers a Master Class in Onsighting with Just do it

Adam Ondra Offers a Master Class in Onsighting

Perhaps one of the climber Adam Ondra ‘s most important contributions to climbing—beyond his superlative strength and skill—is his ability to transcribe the climbing experience and articulate, in a dispassionate, almost clinical way, what it is that makes a climb hard, a move difficult, movement efficient … etc.

Adam Ondra IS an event. And his YouTube channel is giving us climbers front-row tickets. Here is some uncut, handheld video footage of Adam Ondra onsighting Just Do It. This video, from a filmmaker’s perspective, would be barely sufficient for B-Roll in any of today’s top climbing films. And yet … this grainy, shaky footage shot from afar has to be one of the best climbing films of 2018 insofar as core climbers will find it inspiring and useful.

Adam Ondra and Smith Rock

Last fall, he came to tour the United States to do some fun, casual climbing. It was just before diving into full-on training mode in advance of the 2020 Olympics. During his tour, he damn near onsighted the Salathé Wall. Then he went to Smith Rock. There he actually did onsight one of his goals with Just Do It, America’s first 5.14c.

adam ondra-on sighting just do it

What makes this one unique is that Ondra annotates his 20-minute ascent, dishing up useful bits of wisdom and tips for how to onsight a route at your limit. What’s so interesting is that much of this wisdom is actually useful information that could help anyone at any level.

Adam Ondra Offers a Master Class in Onsighting

There’s a universality to what it means to onsight a route at your limit. Whereas redpointing can feel more like an engineering project, onsighting is an art. An art in which your unconscious mind does much of the work.

What Ondra gets at in this video is the tenuous tug and pull of when how to be calculated and when to give in to your intuition, trust it, and go for it. That battle unfolds on this video in a really interesting way. This is a master class in how to onsight.

Hope you find it as inspiring as we did!


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