James Kassay Sends the Wheel of Life (V16)
Congratulations to James Kassay for sending the Wheel of Life this month. It is the second Australian ascent and fourth overall.
Some may say it has been a long time coming: James Kassay has been pulling moves in the Hollow Mountain Cave since he was 16 years old.
So it’s no surprise that early on James was beguiled by the Wheel of Life.
Critics are accusing James of taking ‘too long’ to send the problem, to which James has a response.
In an interview with Rock earlier this year, James explains: ‘I can be fussy about the way I do things. Last time I was up there I got close, but it wouldn’t have been satisfying – it would have been more of a “It’s about time” thing. So I walked away from it.
‘I don’t care how many people have done it, or about the grade,’ he says. ‘When I was 16 I set my heart on it. It’s just something I’ve got to do.’
James sent the Wheel of Life without using a knee-pad recently used by US climber Ethan Pringle that allows a hands-free rest.