Tom O’Halloran climbs The Wheel of Life

Australia’s most famous line, the super long (60+ moves) Wheel of Life in the Hollow Mountain Cave of the Grampians has seen another repetition. This time by Aussie climber Tom O’Halloran, who considers the ascent “a crazy dream come true“.

As I topped out, I sat down and put my head in my hands and just started crying. I think doing this piece of climbing means more to me than just another thing.

The Wheel of Life was first climbed by Dai Koyamada in 2004. It is the linkage of several problems in that massive roof and it was originally graded 8C+ | V16. Grading it no easy task since it is pretty difficult to assess the difficulty of such a long problem (some have even graded it as a route).

O’Halloran, on his profile gave it the grade of 8B+ | V14 (that grade was already suggested by Ben Cossey in 2011). Regardless of grades, climbing this mammoth of a line is an impressive feat, for sure.

'I realised a crazy lifetime goal'

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