posted by dpm on 06/18/2012
Ian Dory on Diabolique in Hueco Tanks, Texas. Photo: Gustavo Moser
Ian Dory has added his name to the list of boulderers to climb the Wheel of Life in Australia's Hollow Mountain Cave. Ian's been tearing up the boulders of Australia with Nalle Hukkataival and Dave Graham, who also just sent theWheel. The Wheel of Life might be the longest, hard boulder problem in the world and is certainly one of the best and most beautiful lines out there. It's a street cred problem; one that a grade does little to reflect the difficulty of. Suggested grades have ranged from V14 to V16 and 5.14d to 5.15a.
This isn't Ian's first trip to Australia. Last fall he was there when James Kassay sent the Wheel of Life. Ian was already working the line then and shared a few thoughts on his blog:
"This boulder problem/ borderline sport climb is an endurance issue more than anything, at least for me. Each problem is full of power moves and separated with decent rests. The climb starts with the toughest bouldering problem then leads to 4 more until it's over. Overall the climb is a combination of 5 boulder problems: v9, v12, v9, v11, v8. After climbing with James Kassay I have been incredibly motivated to come back and take it down next trip. But what James has also taught me is that this climb takes time and is truly hands down difficult. He just accomplished his life goal after ten years of work, GREAT JOB JAMES!. The cave itself is aesthetically pleasing and unlike any cave I have ever seen it is incredibly motivating to be in the presence of. I hope for the moment when I top out The Wheel of Life."
Ian Dory contemplating the Wheel of Life. Photo: Ian's blog
Thanks to Gustavo Moser for sending us word of the send and offering up the great picture of Ian on Diabolique (V13) in Hueco Tanks. Check out more of Gustavo's photos at his website.