At Hanshelleren cave of Flatanger, Norway, Adam Ondra has been working on a 55m long project, rumored to be 38/9b+. A Facebook update by the videographer Petr Pavlicek reported that Ondra was close to sending the full “Change” project—two pitches (55 meters total) which have gone free, but not yet as one continuous pitch. He wrote:
“Two days ago, after climbing the first 9a+ [5.15a] pitch again (now starting to think again about 9b [5.15b] just for the single first pitch, it is really very very hard, much more than all 9a+s I have seen him done), Adam got on the link also through the crux of the 2nd pitch, but then really unexpectedly fell from the end of the hard section of the second pitch. If the crimps there were not totally wet, it could be done…
On the 4th of October Adam sent what is now being called the hardest route in the world and graded at 38/9b+ !
The route can be divided into two pitches – 9a+/b (20m), nohand-rest and 9a (25m).
The video below is of Adam working the bottom half of the route: