The Czech Adam Ondra is currently probably the strongest climber in the world. He opened the world's first 9c with Silence, flashed with Super Crackinette 9a+, onsight climbed with Solitary Souls 8c+, pulled various boulders up to 8C+ and with the Dawn Wall free climbed the most difficult multi-pitch route in the world within a very short time. Today the mammoth athlete reveals what he packs in his backpack for a day of climbing.
- climbing pack
The first thing you need, of course, is a backpack in which to pack all your climbing equipment. The Neon Gear Pack by Mammoth is very comfortable and has enough pockets to stow everything for a day on the rock.
- climbing brush
Although the Crimper Brush is mainly designed for bouldering and is a good size, I use it most often because I often climb virgin rock and have to do a lot of cleaning accordingly. All you need is a large and durable brush.
I use Chalk Powder from Mammut and make sure I always take enough of it with me to the rock.
The Mammut Slam Pad is a small crash pad that I often take with me for sport climbing when the ascent is short.
- Quickdraws 12 centimeters
I always take ten of the Mammut Workhorse Keylocks with me. They are durable, very easy to clip and my number one choice for both hard onsights and redpoint ascents. In addition, the sling is easy to grab, for example if you want to quickly attach the rope during project planning.
- Quickdraws 18 centimeters
In general, I prefer short quickdraws because I can climb so much faster. However, sometimes longer slings are needed to reduce rope friction. For this I have two 18-centimeter Workhorse Keylock Exen in my backpack.
- Transmitter Keylock 12 centimeters
A quickdraw that weighs literally nothing. The Sender Keylocks are used on onsight walks in those sections where clipping will be very easy. Considering their very light weight, they are still very comfortable to hold. Also my choice for trad climbing where weight is critical.
- Smart 2.0
In my opinion, simply a great belay device for all-round use.
- GriGri with Mammut Smart HMS
A convenient combination to belay when someone is working on the trains for a long time. The smart HMS is great because the safety gate keeps the carabiner from twisting so I don't have to worry about that safety aspect while paying out or pulling in rope.
In my opinion, the Sender climbing harness from Mammut offers the perfect balance between light weight and comfort.
- magnesium Beutel
I use the Crag magnesium pouch as it's big enough and has a convenient shape so I can dip my big hand in quickly.
I rarely use tape, but I prefer to have some with me.
- Abrasive paper
This compact piece of sandpaper on a piece of wood is useful if, for example, a callus is about to be torn on a fingertip and I don't want to use tape.
The little dog is a lucky charm from my childhood that I always have with me.
- Climbing Finches Solution Comp
The Solution Comp by La Sportiva is a slightly stiffer climbing shoe.
- Climbing Finches Solution
The La Sportiva Solution is a softer finch for climbing.
- Climbing finch mantra
The Mantra from La Sportiva is a great shoe for warming up or whenever I want to enjoy climbing to the fullest.
I always have two kneepads with me, a smaller and a larger one.
- climbing rope
The 9 millimeter Crag Sender Dry Rope from Mammut is an 80 meter single rope that I take with me for normal climbing. It's especially useful when I know I'm working on the trains or not climbing my absolute toughest routes.
- climbing rope
The 8.6 millimeter Alpine Sender Dry is my choice when I want to climb a route – light and fast.
- Portable hangboard
The Il Domani mini by Puc Training is a portable fretboard that I use to warm up on the rock.
I often see bolts loosening, which is one of the most common reasons bolts fail. That's why it's always good to have a wrench with you to tighten them up. Be careful in windy spots with fixed quickdraws or when the line changes direction.
That might interest you
- Record-breaking: Adam Ondra climbs four 8b+ routes in one day onsight
- Adam Ondra climbs Solitary Souls (8c +) onsight | Video
- Video: Here climbs Adam Ondra Bomba (9b) and Bombardino (9a + / 9b)
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Credits: Cover picture Petr Chodura