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Date of birth: February 24, 1985

Hometown: Australia

Height: 5 ft 7 in

Weight: Unknown

Profession: Rock climber ( Boulderer )

Achievements : FA The Wheel of Life Direct 5.14c/8c+; Sleepy Rave V15; Wheel of Life Original version 5.14c/8c+

About: James Kassay is an Australian climber who did the first ascent of the Wheel of Life Direct, a boulder problem with over 70 moves. Boulderer Dave Graham suggested that it is possibly a 9a+


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Janja Garnbret

On November 2012, James Kassay managed to do the First Ascent of The Wheel of Life Direct, a more difficult and direct finish to the original 60 move mega-line Wheel of Life V15 first ascended by Dai Koyamada. The route is peppered with iron hard crimps and delicate scoops in the massive Hollow Mountain Cave in the Grampians, Australia. Dave Graham suggested a grade of 9a+. Video courtesy of Sonice57

James Kassay flashing "Sideways Daze" V13/8b in Fontainebleau, France

On November 2009, James Kassay sends The Sleepy Rave V15/8c in The Grampians, Australia

James Kassay at The Rocklands, South Africa 

James Kassay repeating his First Ascent of Stimulation V13/8b at the Grampians, Australia



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