Joe Kinder Cracks the 5.15a Barrier


photo: @outpostcinema

I might be the proudest guy on earth at the moment. My hardest climb and route to which I’ve been most devoted, Life of Villains is finished. The last 2 months and 2 days have been the most intense and emotional ride I’ve had in my climbing career. I’m now sitting here feeling calm, serene and complete. It’s weird. I think it’s going to take a while to process. It’s an FA. It’s my hardest and I believe it’s 9a+ but all of that feels like a bunch of petty labels that attempt to validate something. Yeah I’m a pro climber but more than anything I’m a passionate climber and I can’t even begin to equate this experience to a number or grade or any other term. The story of this climb is a deeper conversation and one I’ll take with me forever. Moments like this only happen once in a while and I couldn’t be f’ing happier to end the story how it has. I sincerely thank those of you who supported my effort and follow through. Life feels pretty good right now. Hehe. L.O.V. Joe Photo: @joe_segreti

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