Czech climber Adam Ondra was recently in the UK to climb and film with the Wide Boyz, Will Bosi and Magnus Midtbo. He managed a flash ascent of the Jerry Moffatt classic The Ace in Stanage Plantation. An 8B flash in the gritstone - that's never happened before Ondra.

Adam Ondra seems to get along well with English customs. In the notorious basement of the Wide Boyz he gets a lot of praise for his tear techniques. And in grit stone in stanage he flashes without further ado Ace, with 8B one of the most difficult problems of Jerry Moffatt. Adam Ondra is the first climber to succeed in a flash ascent of this difficulty in British sandstone.

The Ace (8B) is the sit start version of The Joker (8A). Jerry Moffatt opened the line in 2001. Adam Ondra could count on Beta firsthand for his repeat, as the British climbing legend was present at the Stanage session.

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Credits: Cover picture Petr Chodura