Practically a genius both in mind and body, this dude named Kai Lightner not only has a kick-ass name, but can climb freakin’ mountains without pissing in his pants. That’s a warrior mentality right there. And to make it even crazier, he’s apparently been climbing professionally since he was six freakin’ years old! But read on for the biggest accomplishment of his life (so far) below:
That really is him on an actual mountain. Not any of those dinky climbing walls you’d find at the Y (although he loves climbing those for ‘fun’). You’re looking at Era Vella, a 120-foot-long route in Margalef, Spain, with a difficulty rating of 5.14d (which apparently is insanely hard for a climber to complete).
Well, guess what: he completed it. And he was only 15 years old.
What’s next on his plate? Nothing big. Just valedictorian of his graduating class, and then he’s going hunting for colleges, preferably one with a climbing gym and close proximity to an airport, so he can travel to competitions all over. Oh, and he wants to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Small stuff, you know….