The Change

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The “Hanshallaren” cave, in which the route is located.

Coordinates: 64 ° 29 '23.7 "  N , 10 ° 49' 4.9"  E

Relief map: Trøndelag

The climbing route The Change was probably the world's first climbing route with a level of difficulty 9b + (French) or XII− (UIAA) or 5.15c (Sierra).

The route, which is around 50 meters long, was set up by Adam Ondra in the “Hanshallaren” cave near Flatanger in Norway and was first climbed on October 4, 2012 by him . Ondra suggested grade 9b +, which has not yet been confirmed.

The route can be divided into two sections ( pitches ), which Adam Ondra climbed in one piece:

  • The first pitch is about 25 meters long, of which the first part (20 m) has the difficulty 9a + / b, then there is a no-hands rest .
  • The second pitch (25 m) is 9a and, according to the first ascent, starts with a six-meter-long strength-endurance sequence, with long pulls and heelhooks with poor bars. The rest of the route should therefore be no more difficult than 8b +, but exhausting and pumpy.

In the same cave is the Silence climbing route (suggested difficulty 9c), which Ondra also first climbed.


  1. Oct. 4, 2012 - Adam Ondra, Czech Republic

The route has not been repeated since it was first climbed. This means that the proposed level of difficulty has not yet been confirmed by another climber.

Web links


  1. Simon Welebil: Shifting the limits , on from November 6, 2014, accessed on February 5, 2015.
  2. What is free climbing? And other Dawn Wall questions answered , Vallejo Times Herald ( Bay Area News Group ) January 14, 2015, accessed February 5, 2015.
  3. UPDATED: Ondra makes FA of The Change, 9b +! at
  4. "Adam Ondra on" The Change "(9b +), the toughest route in the world + 9a Flash in the Red River Gorge" at ( Memento of the original from February 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was used automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /