To most of us, this is a completely unachievable, unbelievable feat — climbing the world’s first 9c mountain route. Silence, a movie by Bernardo Giménez, showcases the grit and determination it took to make this become a reality. “It shows what preceded the afternoon of September 3, 2017 when Adam Ondra, a professional rock climber and currently one of the best climbers in the world, made a little piece of climbing history when he climbed his project in the spectacular Hanshelleren Cave in Norway,” the video explains. “The route, later named Silence, received a new grade of 9c and became the hardest route in the world.”
You don’t have to be a professional rock climber — or a rock climber at all — to appreciate what a stunning achievement this is. You can see the whole film here:
Adam Ondra seems not of this world as he navigates this climb — even at the rawest, most gruesome moments of frustration, he has a skill and a patience that is transcendent. With this, he gave the first 9c a fitting maiden voyage.