The Wheel of Life 8B+ (C) by Tom O'Halloran


Friday, 20 October

Tom O'Halloran, who previously has repeated one 8B and two 8c+', has raised the bar by doing The Wheel of Life in Grampians, giving it a personal 8B+ grade. The 65 mover, was put up by Dai Koyamada in 2004 as the world's first 8C+. It should be noted that it is link-up of four boulders out of which all had inflated grades at the time, so Dai used them as the reference. (c) Amanda Watts "So a bout 5 weeks ago I made the 12hr drive down to the Gramps from the Blue Mountains with some friends, with the intention of just working on the Wheel. We only had two days due to work and family life, but it was very worthwhile! I was working it with a friend who is also trying to send the whole thing. He had a lot of beta he was able to unload to me. I did all the individual problems that weekend but felt along way from it being achievable. The 12hr drive home we were all just talking training! Five weeks later I’m back down here with my partner and three year old daughter for the Grampians Boulder Festival. Our first day here we got up to the cave for a quick 1hr session. I redid all the section and did a couple of links of the middle 2 and last 2 problems. Then yesterday I did it from my first ever try from the start. It was a surreal experience."

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