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Kai Lightner Joins The 9a Club With Era Vella

The rock climbing phenom Kai Lightner is off a recent win of the Sport Climbing Societies national championships.

American climber Kai Lightner joins the other young new-to-the-9a-club climber Ashima Shiriashi with his recent send of Era Vella 5.14d (9a) in Margalef, Spain.

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Lightner wrote on his Instagram, “Sent my first 9a, Era Vella today! My hands are wrecked, and im psyched to go home on a high! Thanks for all of the support from everyone!” Era Vella was established in 2010 by Chris Sharma.

Watch Sasha Digiulian send Era Vella: