24-year-old Adam Ondra just climbed the world’s hardest cliff and it’s a sight to behold. Although he spent 2 years planning the climb, it only took him 20 minutes to scale the granite cave of Flatanger, Norway.
What could make a 20 minute climb so tough? Well the cave as a 150-foot-long 60-degree overhang, which is basically the equivalent of scaling the underside of a roof. Ondra spent a good amount of the climb upside down.
Ondra spent 2 years preparing his body for the climb, dedicating his time to developing specific muscles in his body, mostly on his left side and his abs. This training made it easier for him to pivot his body upwards, allowing him to scale the overhang in ways that would make the rest of us cry.
Ondra has won three World Championship gold medals for climbing and is training for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where climbing will make its debut as an event.