Alex Megos Makes Quick Repeat of Wheel of Life (V15/5.14d)


7/16/13 - German teenager Alex Megos has made an extraordinarily quick repeat of the famous The Wheel of Life (V15/5.14d) in Grampians, Australia's Hollow Mountain Cave. Megos made major headlines in March when he made the world's first 5.14d onsight with Estado crítico in Siurana, Spain.

The Wheel of Life links four boulder problems—X-Treme Cool (V9/10), Sleepy Hollow (V12), Cave Girl (V12/13), and Dead Can't Dance (V11/12)—before exiting right; in all, it requires more than 60 moves of climbing. Dai Koyamada made the first ascents of the majority of the problems in the cave, and established The Wheel of Life in 2004 at the grade V16; consensus has relegated the grade to V15 or 5.14d.

The Australian mag Vertical Life reports that Megos climbed Cave Rave (V13) three times before coming back the next session to complete The Wheel of Life on his third attempt that day. The full ascent included a flash of the Sleepy Hollow section. An hour later, he ticked another V13, Stimulation, in the cave.

Date of ascent: July 6, 2013