Dave Graham


Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 10 November 1981
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8C+
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9b
Notable Partnerships
Alizée Dufraisse
Social Media

The wizard [1].

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2bZsFZdpgs

[2] Interview with PlanetMoutnain.com, 2001 https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/interviews/dave-graham.html

Quick Info

Nationality: US
Date of birth: 10 November 1981
Hardest Boulder (Worked): 8C+
Hardest Boulder (Flash): 8A
Hardest Sport (Worked): 9b
Notable Partnerships
Alizée Dufraisse
Social Media

The wizard [1].

References

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2bZsFZdpgs

[2] Interview with PlanetMoutnain.com, 2001 https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/interviews/dave-graham.html


Pics + Vids

Added at 16:01 on 13 January 2021
Ali Hulk (extension total sit start) (9b)
Added at 22:12 on 27 December 2020
Hypnotized Minds (8C+)
Added at 22:12 on 27 December 2020
Spectre (8B, FA)
Added at 18:12 on 16 December 2021
Roadkill (8C)
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Added at 16:12 on 18 December 2021
Foundations Edge (8C, FA)
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Added at 19:12 on 20 December 2021
Hypnotized Minds (8C+)
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Added at 13:06 on 17 June 2021
Petrichor (8C, FA)
Added at 18:08 on 30 August 2021
Topaz (8C, FA)
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Added at 21:04 on 07 April 2021
Biographie (9a+)
Added at 19:12 on 27 December 2021
The Island (8B+, FA)
Added at 19:12 on 27 December 2021
Roadkill (8C)
Added at 19:01 on 31 January 2022
Primitivo (8C)
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Added at 18:03 on 24 March 2022

Ascents

44 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade FA Ascent Date
2000 To Bolt or Not to Be 8b+ (Lead) 01 Apr 2000
Nothin' But Sunshine 8B (Boulder) 01 Sep 2000
C'Était Demain 8A (Boulder Flash) 01 Dec 2000 (approx)
2001 Spectre 8B (Boulder) 10 Jan 2001

https://vimeo.com/4730262

Sideways Daze 8B (Boulder) 15 Mar 2001
Action Directe 9a (Lead) 21 May 2001

Fourth ascent.

https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/dave-graham-action-directe.html

2002
2003 Bhai Bon 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 2003 (approx)
2004 Boogalagga 8B (Boulder) 08 Dec 2004
2005 The Story of Two Worlds 8C (Boulder) 09 Jan 2005

The new standard

From Dirt Grows the Flowers 8C (Boulder) 07 Mar 2005
Radja 8B+ (Boulder) 25 Oct 2005
Coup de Grace 9a (Lead) 31 Oct 2005

https://www.ukclimbing.com/news/2005/12/david_graham_climbs_coup_de_grace_9a9a+-21787

Kings of Sonlerto 8A+ (Boulder) 11 Nov 2005
2006 Scarred for Life 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 2006 (approx)
Terre de Sienne 8B (Boulder) 01 Feb 2006 (approx)

Second ascent.

A Muerte 8c+ (Lead) 07 Dec 2006
2007 Biographie 9a+ (Lead) 30 Jul 2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpSfHQtBdOQ

https://www.planetmountain.com/en/news/climbing/dave-graham-sends-realisation-at-ceuse.html

2008 The Island 8B+ (Boulder) 07 Apr 2008

Impressive line in compression, and an old project from the ages back. Huge moves in between slopers and always at my full extension, so very intense climbing. As the weather has been really bad, and my left hand pulley injury keeps me from crimping, I have a been lucky with this one. 3 days of work; hustlin'

https://vimeo.com/8594833

Big Paw 8B+ (Boulder) 27 Nov 2008
2009
2010 Warrior Up 8C (Boulder) 04 Sep 2010
2011 The Ice Knife 8B+ (Boulder) 18 Oct 2011
Memory is Parallax 8B+ (Boulder) 31 Dec 2011

In a day and age where each boulder problem is argued to be less and less significant (its not that hard, its not that cool, its not that tall, its not what I like, no one will go there, blah blah blah) I find it truly important to share when things do matter. When something I have done a boulder is significant. I took a lot from this experience as a person, even though I just climbed a rock, it was a massive milestone, and a true personal accomplishment, but it was because of how it fit into my life, where I was when I did it, and where I came from before I started trying it. [1]

[1] https://climbingnarc.com/2012/02/fuerza-my-people/

2012 Paint it Black 8C (Boulder) 28 Apr 2012
The Wheel of Life 9a (Boulder) 08 Jun 2012
White Noise 8C (Boulder) 07 Oct 2012
2013 Meadowlark Lemon 8C (Boulder) 08 Jan 2013
The Bridge of Ashes 8C (Boulder) 08 Mar 2013

One of the most challenging projects I have ever completed. I found and cleaned this line over a year ago, and have been trying intermittently ever since. Once I found the right method and realized the boulder was actually climbable, I thought it would be just about having the right skin and conditions. I thought it was in the bag. Oh how I was wrong!

The Wheel of Wolvo 8C (Boulder) 17 Sep 2013
Foundations Edge 8C (Boulder) 15 Oct 2013

It was an awesome climb. I battled it out, got super pumped, and didn’t kill myself falling off wet top out. 19 moves, and about 12 meters long, and one my favorite pieces of climbing I have ever done.

The sequence is powerful and tensiony, yet flowing. I love the body positions you get into while you climb it. Very athletic, yet balancy. [1]

[1] https://climbingnarc.com/2013/11/foundations-edge/

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/fiyaYYGv6y/

2014
2015 Confessions 8B (Boulder) 14 Feb 2015
Spray of Light 8C (Boulder) 28 Jul 2015
2016 Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ (Boulder) 01 Oct 2016 (approx)

Second ascent.

Topaz 8C (Boulder) 12 Oct 2016

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLgeXAUjDFi/

2017
2018 Black Eagle Assis 8C (Boulder) 01 Aug 2018 (approx)

First repeat since broken holds.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155272484657126

2019 Petrichor 8C (Boulder) 01 Jan 2019 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QckpXxfzgQQ

Hypnotized Minds 8C+ (Boulder) 11 Oct 2019 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3fYP18AQDV/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx4VA2DgRGk

2020 Ali Hulk (extension total sit start) 9b (Lead) 29 Sep 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6JrnE77MEQ

2021 Roadkill 8C (Boulder) 06 Dec 2021

Dave was working the line with Clément Lechaptois, they sent the line on the same day within 30mins of each other.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CXoYlaigA6l/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF7AIgFdFB0

2022 Primitivo 8C (Boulder) 12 Feb 2022

One of the most technical sequences I have ever accomplished 😅

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cbfu-RrAsm_/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFpurzd7SB8

4-Low 8C (Boulder) 28 Feb 2022

Second ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CcDYj5tgcZ_/

La Rustica 8C (Boulder) 02 Apr 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CdWBRAWMiWt/

Euclase 8C+ (Boulder) 20 Apr 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cey5A2EDtid/

Fuck the System 8C+ (Boulder) 25 Jun 2022

With a classic “training attempt” I launched into the climb without thinking, found a flow I’d never felt, stuck my release almost accidentally, then carried on move by move with a deep pump, didn’t drop the final traverse section, and summited, completely astonished 🤯

https://www.instagram.com/p/CgSTh4cjGwk/

Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Euclase 8C+ (Boulder) 20 Apr 2022 8C+

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cey5A2EDtid/

Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ (Boulder) 01 Oct 2016 (approx)

Second ascent.

Hypnotized Minds 8C+ (Boulder) 11 Oct 2019 (approx)

Third ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3fYP18AQDV/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx4VA2DgRGk

Fuck the System 8C+ (Boulder) 25 Jun 2022

With a classic “training attempt” I launched into the climb without thinking, found a flow I’d never felt, stuck my release almost accidentally, then carried on move by move with a deep pump, didn’t drop the final traverse section, and summited, completely astonished 🤯

https://www.instagram.com/p/CgSTh4cjGwk/

The Story of Two Worlds 8C (Boulder) 09 Jan 2005

The new standard

From Dirt Grows the Flowers 8C (Boulder) 07 Mar 2005
The Bridge of Ashes 8C (Boulder) 08 Mar 2013

One of the most challenging projects I have ever completed. I found and cleaned this line over a year ago, and have been trying intermittently ever since. Once I found the right method and realized the boulder was actually climbable, I thought it would be just about having the right skin and conditions. I thought it was in the bag. Oh how I was wrong!

Foundations Edge 8C (Boulder) 15 Oct 2013

It was an awesome climb. I battled it out, got super pumped, and didn’t kill myself falling off wet top out. 19 moves, and about 12 meters long, and one my favorite pieces of climbing I have ever done.

The sequence is powerful and tensiony, yet flowing. I love the body positions you get into while you climb it. Very athletic, yet balancy. [1]

[1] https://climbingnarc.com/2013/11/foundations-edge/

[2] https://www.instagram.com/p/fiyaYYGv6y/

Topaz 8C (Boulder) 12 Oct 2016

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLgeXAUjDFi/

Black Eagle Assis 8C (Boulder) 01 Aug 2018 (approx)

First repeat since broken holds.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155272484657126

Petrichor 8C (Boulder) 01 Jan 2019 (approx)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QckpXxfzgQQ

Warrior Up 8C (Boulder) 04 Sep 2010
Paint it Black 8C (Boulder) 28 Apr 2012
White Noise 8C (Boulder) 07 Oct 2012
Meadowlark Lemon 8C (Boulder) 08 Jan 2013
The Wheel of Wolvo 8C (Boulder) 17 Sep 2013
Spray of Light 8C (Boulder) 28 Jul 2015
Roadkill 8C (Boulder) 06 Dec 2021

Dave was working the line with Clément Lechaptois, they sent the line on the same day within 30mins of each other.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CXoYlaigA6l/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF7AIgFdFB0

Primitivo 8C (Boulder) 12 Feb 2022

One of the most technical sequences I have ever accomplished 😅

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cbfu-RrAsm_/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFpurzd7SB8

4-Low 8C (Boulder) 28 Feb 2022

Second ascent.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CcDYj5tgcZ_/

La Rustica 8C (Boulder) 02 Apr 2022

https://www.instagram.com/p/CdWBRAWMiWt/

Bhai Bon 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 2003 (approx)
Scarred for Life 8B+ (Boulder) 01 Jan 2006 (approx)
The Island 8B+ (Boulder) 07 Apr 2008

Impressive line in compression, and an old project from the ages back. Huge moves in between slopers and always at my full extension, so very intense climbing. As the weather has been really bad, and my left hand pulley injury keeps me from crimping, I have a been lucky with this one. 3 days of work; hustlin'

https://vimeo.com/8594833

Big Paw 8B+ (Boulder) 27 Nov 2008
The Ice Knife 8B+ (Boulder) 18 Oct 2011 8C
Memory is Parallax 8B+ (Boulder) 31 Dec 2011

In a day and age where each boulder problem is argued to be less and less significant (its not that hard, its not that cool, its not that tall, its not what I like, no one will go there, blah blah blah) I find it truly important to share when things do matter. When something I have done a boulder is significant. I took a lot from this experience as a person, even though I just climbed a rock, it was a massive milestone, and a true personal accomplishment, but it was because of how it fit into my life, where I was when I did it, and where I came from before I started trying it. [1]

[1] https://climbingnarc.com/2012/02/fuerza-my-people/

Radja 8B+ (Boulder) 25 Oct 2005
Nothin' But Sunshine 8B (Boulder) 01 Sep 2000
Spectre 8B (Boulder) 10 Jan 2001

https://vimeo.com/4730262

Sideways Daze 8B (Boulder) 15 Mar 2001
Confessions 8B (Boulder) 14 Feb 2015 8B+
Shadowfax 8B (Boulder)
Boogalagga 8B (Boulder) 08 Dec 2004
Terre de Sienne 8B (Boulder) 01 Feb 2006 (approx) 8B+

Second ascent.

Kings of Sonlerto 8A+ (Boulder) 11 Nov 2005 8B+
C'Était Demain 8A (Boulder Flash) 01 Dec 2000 (approx)
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade FA Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Wheel of Life 9a (Boulder) 08 Jun 2012