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Adam Ondra & Tommy Caldwell talk

It was just awesome to have a true conversation with a total climbing legend Tommy Caldwell. We have met a few times at the crag or at a film festival, but never really got a lot of time to TALK.

Dawn Wall was obviously a huge topic — stories from our preparations, how we were working through the wall, and what were the hardest parts as well as the most tricky parts - usually those that just look impossible, but once you figure out how to climb them, they are not that bad. But the whole process was so much easier since I knew that the climb was possible - Tommy had proved it before. Tommy was in awe to find out that I’d had that little experience in trad climbing before, but I am fortunate to start climbing in my home country, where our infamous sandstone towers, as well as slippery limestone in the backyard, were decent rites of passage to climb El Capitan in Yosemite.

But we touched upon much more — big wall climbing experience in general, its connection to sport climbing, the future of El Cap, and the next logical lines, our motivation, curiosity, the need to advocate our environment. What are we currently busy with, what are our future plans, and where are we hopefully going to climb together?

I really value Tommy Caldwell’s devotion to environmental protection and together we are also partnering up with Champions and Legends to support the producing hemp-derived CBD sports supplements for athletic preparation, performance + recovery.

Tak toto bylo v letosnim roce nejlepe stravenych 72 minut! Se synem jsme se nemohli dockat 9. unora a hned rano jsme se na to vrhli. Je samozrejme, ze vetsinu obsahu asi spousta lidi znala z obou zucastnenych stran, ale to vzajemne lezecke povidani to posunulo prece jen trochu jinam. Hned odpoledne jsme to probirali v nasem climbing centru a vetsina z pritomnych se shodla na tom, ze slo o nadherne srovnani dvou legend a ze pri tom jejich vzajemnem rozhovoru o to vic vynikla Adamova jedinecnost, univerzalnost a genialita. A to i pres to, ze zijeme v USA a Tommy je v americke lezecke komunite spolu s Kevinem a Alexem Honnoldem ta nejvetsi myslitelna celebrita :) Za mne teda genialni napad, ktery byl velice dobre zvladnuty i po technicke strance. Ja osobne bych se jednou moc rad dockal i rozhovoru s Pavlem Blazkem! Myslim, ze to jeho spojeni s Adamem je, a urcite jeste bude, mimoradne uspesne, at uz v roli spolulezce, tak i manazera. Prave jeho uhel pohledu by mohl byt obrovsky zajimavy, mohl by prinest neco uplne noveho a za sebe muzu rict, ze bych se na neco podobneho moc tesil. Prejeme se synem hodne dalsich uspesnych projektu, zlato z OH a hlavne zdravi! Be safe!!!

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