For Kaddi Lehmann, climbing a V15 all started with fixing the gears on her old mountain bike. But those accumulated miles she pedaled uphill to Kryptos, an aesthetic limestone seam in the Swiss Jura, paled in comparison to the internal journey she endured to reach the top of that boulder.
“In middle of May 2018 I could climb the boulder Kryptos graded [8C],” German climber Kaddi Lehmann reported on Instagram. Kryptos was established by Franz Widmer in 2009, and Fred Nicole snagged a repeat later that year. Lehmann’s is the third overall ascent, and she is now the second woman in history to send V15; the first being Ashima Shiraishi.
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BD Ambassador @KaddiLehmann sent Kryptos (8C/V15), becoming the second woman to send 8C! ⠀ ⠀ After first discovering Kryptos in March 2017, the boulder problem seemed impossible but stuck in her head. “When I first tried it, I couldn't do much on it—just hold some positions and most of the moves felt impossible”. But this first impression didn’t scare her away, “At the end of 2017, I had the idea of seeing this boulder as the ultimate goal with all other climbs like small steps towards that goal. And I thought, if not now then maybe never”. ⠀ ⠀ And her hard training routine paid off. Congrats Kaddi!!⠀ ⠀ #liveclimbrepeat⠀ @blackdiamond_climb Photos: Michael Steimle