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Kai Lightner (13) does Southern Smoke 8c+
  2013-04-08 00:00:00    
DPM reports that Kai Lightner has done Southern Smoke 8c+ in Red River Gorge. One week ago he did his first 8b+, Proper Soul in New River Gorge.

The grade progress for the kids have just exploded the last year and there are now at least a handful youngsters at the same level as Adam Ondra was, just turning teenager. The youngest person who have done an 8c+ is Ashima Shiraishi (11) also by Southern Smoke.

Profile video of the also very succesful 13 year old competition climber. (c) Elodie Sarocco who has published a nice gallery on her Facebook page.
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OffLine Milky "Bonerack" Williams
  2013-04-08 15:51:26    

Hey Jens, Mikey here from DPM. Thank you for linking to our story about this talented young dude. It turns out that what I posted yesterday wasn't all true. Proper Soul was Kai's 2nd 8b+. He'd also done Omaha Beach three weeks before. His one month (three short trips) ticklist yielded 3 8b+ and 1 8c+. Kai is a very talented climber and we'll have a more in depth interview coming up.

Here's the updated story including video of Transworld and Southern Smoke.
http://www.dpmclimbing.com/articles/view/514c-kai-lightner

OnLine Mirko
  2013-04-08 16:39:21    
Awesome Kai!!!