First Ascent of Zvěřinec (Menagerie) 9b+ (hard) in Moravský kras, Czechia

Created by: Adam Ondra
Today I completed surely the second hardest route of my life (after Silence)! In 2011, I made my first ascent of Perlorodka (Pearloyster) after quite a few days of effort. Striking line in possibly the best rock that we have at our homecrag (Moravian Karst, Czechia). Very improbable crux at solid 8B+ difficulty with reachy moves and desperate slapping of the completely rounded lip of the overhang. Back then, I gave it 9a+, but I think it deserves more 9b. Zveřinec climbs the same crux and has a different start that could be 9a+ on its own, with good rest in between.
After struggling the last two weeks with conditions, today it was just perfect! 0 degrees of Celsius, overcast, no wind, absolutely dry rock. With perfect warmup at my home wall, I could fight the cold temperature of the air and the advantage of the best friction!

Wait for the video on my YouTube, coming at the begging of the next year!

Photos in the gallery down below are from working out the route in April with William Bosi by Petr Chodura.

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