And he is well-loved for his flair, though he – unlike many in the community – doesn't see himself as the GOAT. It is generally hard to decipher if you have climbed your best, he explains. This opens up the rare opportunity for ceaseless motivation, even after multiple international titles and accolades. “Once I’m finished with the hardest route of my life on the rock, there is always another one that could be even harder.” The key to this mindset is to always want to improve yourself first, before setting up comparisons.
And Ondra’s life quite literally revolves around improving as a climber. He has an extensive bucket list of routes up his sleeve. “I think I have too many routes on my mind. The sad thing is I know I will never, ever be able to climb all of them. But, well, at the same time it’s cool that I will never, ever be bored.” Even at home he won’t get bored, because of his mesmerising home climbing wall. Since its instalment he can have multiple short practices a day, eliminating travel time or the alternative of fewer, yet longer workout sessions.
But climbing isn’t just a sport to Ondra, “it’s so much more”, it’s his whole lifestyle. A proper climbing day to him means being on the rock at the crack of dawn. It’s not all about solitude in nature, however. “When I’m out there on the rock I definitely prefer climbing alone or with my few friends, but competition climbing is a sport. It should be brought to as many people as possible. And actually, if you say that it’s going to be on the square in the city centre, I think those are the competitions that have the best locations for our sport.”