Dave Graham

Also known as: The Wizard

Quick Info

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

Dave Graham is an American boulderer and sport climber who is known for his extremely technical climbing style that makes a lot of use of toe hooks and knee bars, as well as his longevity in the sport and his extensive collection of first ascents.

Graham started climbing in 1997 and very quickly worked his way through the grades, climbing his first 8b+ sport route just a year later.

Some of his notable ascents include The Story of Two Worlds (fa), Action Directe (fourth ascent), From Dirt Grows the Flowers (fa), The Island (fa) and The Ice Knife (fa).

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

[3] https://www.climbing.com/people/what-ive-learned-dave-graham/

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

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

Dave Graham is an American boulderer and sport climber who is known for his extremely technical climbing style that makes a lot of use of toe hooks and knee bars, as well as his longevity in the sport and his extensive collection of first ascents.

Graham started climbing in 1997 and very quickly worked his way through the grades, climbing his first 8b+ sport route just a year later.

Some of his notable ascents include The Story of Two Worlds (fa), Action Directe (fourth ascent), From Dirt Grows the Flowers (fa), The Island (fa) and The Ice Knife (fa).

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

[3] https://www.climbing.com/people/what-ive-learned-dave-graham/

Contributors: remus

Lists


Pics + Vids

Added at 16:01 on 13 January 2021
La Rambla Extension (9a+)
Added at 21:01 on 21 January 2023
Celestite (8C+, FA)
Added at 19:10 on 29 October 2023
Hazel Grace (8C)
Added at 07:11 on 08 November 2023
Adularia (8C, FA)
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Added at 17:11 on 14 November 2023
Hazel Grace (8C)
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Added at 19:11 on 28 November 2023
Hazel Grace (8C)
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Added at 21:01 on 17 January 2024
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
The Bridge of Ashes (8C, FA)
Added at 06:04 on 26 April 2023
The Vice (8B)
Added at 22:05 on 14 May 2023
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
Celestite (8C+, FA)
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Added at 20:06 on 05 June 2023
A Simple Knowing (8B)
Added at 12:05 on 02 May 2023
Wave Swoop (8B+, FA)
Added at 15:05 on 15 May 2023
Cassim (8C, FA)
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Added at 18:12 on 19 December 2022
Golden Shadow (8B+)
Added at 16:03 on 14 March 2023
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
Roadkill (8C)
Added at 19:01 on 31 January 2022
Primitivo (8C)
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Added at 18:03 on 24 March 2022
4-Low (8C)
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Added at 06:04 on 08 April 2022
Dreamtime (pre break) (8B+)
Added at 09:05 on 07 May 2023
The Island (8B+, FA)
Added at 10:05 on 07 May 2023
Action Directe (9a)
Added at 13:11 on 03 November 2022
Primitivo (8C)
Added at 15:04 on 26 April 2022
La Rustica (8C)
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Added at 05:05 on 10 May 2022
Euclase (8C+, FA)
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Added at 18:06 on 14 June 2022
Fuck the System (8C+)
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Added at 05:07 on 22 July 2022
Peace Corps (8C)
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Added at 16:07 on 21 July 2023

Ascents

76 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 Style Ascent Date
2000 China Beach 8c Lead | worked 2000
First ascent.
To Bolt or Not to Be 8b+ Lead | worked 1st Apr 2000
The Fly 9a Lead | worked 7th Apr 2000
First ascent.
Nothin' But Sunshine 8B Boulder | worked 1st Sep 2000
First ascent.
C'Était Demain 8A Boulder | flash Dec 2000
2001 Spectre 8B Boulder | worked 10th Jan 2001
Sideways Daze 8B Boulder | worked 15th Mar 2001
First ascent.
Action Directe 9a Lead | worked 21st May 2001
Psychedelic 9a Lead | worked 8th Nov 2001
First ascent. Fourth go.
Necessary Evil 8c+ Lead | worked 20th Nov 2001
2002 Dreamtime (pre break) 8B+ Boulder | worked 30th Jan 2002
Mithril 8B Boulder | worked 25th Feb 2002
First ascent.
2003 Bhai Bon 8B+ Boulder | worked 2003
First ascent.
Satan i Helvete (Pre December 2013) 8B Boulder | worked 7th Mar 2003
First ascent.
2004 The Riverbed 8B Boulder | worked 2004
First ascent.
Boogalagga 8B Boulder | worked 8th Dec 2004
The Dagger 8B+ Boulder | worked 19th Dec 2004
2005 The Story of Two Worlds 8C Boulder | worked 9th Jan 2005
First ascent.

The new standard

From Dirt Grows the Flowers 8C Boulder | worked 7th Mar 2005
First ascent.
Radja 8B+ Boulder | worked 25th Oct 2005
Coup de Grace 9a Lead | worked 31st Oct 2005
Kings of Sonlerto 8A+ Boulder | worked 11th Nov 2005
First ascent.
The Swarm 8B Boulder | worked 15th Dec 2005
2006 Scarred for Life 8B+ Boulder | worked 2006
First ascent.
Terre de Sienne 8B Boulder | worked Feb 2006

Second ascent.

Permanent Midnight 8B Boulder | worked 19th Sep 2006
First ascent.
A Muerte 8c+ Lead | worked 7th Dec 2006
2007 Biographie 9a+ Lead | worked 30th Jul 2007
2008 Trice 8A+ Boulder | worked 10th Jan 2008
The Island 8B+ Boulder | worked 7th Apr 2008
First ascent.

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo2RsX2lASg

Big Paw 8B+ Boulder | worked 27th Nov 2008
First ascent.
2009
2010 Warrior Up 8C Boulder | worked 4th Sep 2010
We Can Build You 8B+ Boulder | worked 16th Sep 2010
First ascent.
2011 The Ice Knife 8B+ Boulder | worked 18th Oct 2011
First ascent.
Memory is Parallax 8B+ Boulder | worked 31st Dec 2011
First ascent.

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 Golden Shadow 8B+ Boulder | worked 2012
Paint it Black 8C Boulder | worked 28th Apr 2012
9 sessions.
The Wheel of Life 9a Boulder | worked 8th Jun 2012
Groove Train 8c Lead | ground up 4th Jul 2012
A Simple Knowing 8B Boulder | worked 13th Jul 2012
The Vice 8B Boulder | worked 1st Aug 2012
White Noise 8B+ Boulder | worked 7th Oct 2012
2013 Meadowlark Lemon 8B+ Boulder | worked 8th Jan 2013
The Bridge of Ashes 8C Boulder | worked 8th Mar 2013
First ascent.

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iy8U660wqw

Wave Swoop 8B+ Boulder | worked 28th Jul 2013
The Wheel of Wolvo 8B+ Boulder | worked 17th Sep 2013
Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | worked 15th Oct 2013
First ascent.

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 Carnage 8B Boulder | worked 22nd Sep 2014
2015 Light Saber 8A Boulder | worked 2015
First ascent.
Confessions 8B Boulder | worked 14th Feb 2015
First ascent.
NEM 8B+ Boulder | worked 12th Mar 2015
2 sessions.
Spray of Light 8C Boulder | worked 28th Jul 2015
Thor's Hammer 9a Lead | worked 5th Oct 2015
2016 Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ Boulder | worked Oct 2016

Second ascent.

Topaz 8C Boulder | worked 12th Oct 2016
2017 Cosmic Artifact 8B+ Boulder | worked Before 10th Jun 2017
First ascent.
2018 Black Eagle Assis 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2018
First ascent.

First repeat since broken holds.

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

2019 Petrichor 8C Boulder | worked 2019
La Rambla Extension 9a+ Lead | worked Mar 2019
Hypnotized Minds 8C+ Boulder | worked Oct 2019
2020 Ali Hulk (extension total sit start) 9b Lead | worked 29th Sep 2020
2021 Roadkill 8C Boulder | worked 6th Dec 2021

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

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CXoYlaigA6l/

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

2022 Primitivo 8C Boulder | worked 12th 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 | worked 28th Feb 2022
La Rustica 8C Boulder | worked 2nd Apr 2022
Euclase 8C+ Boulder | worked 20th Apr 2022
Fuck the System 8C+ Boulder | worked 25th 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/

Cassim 8C Boulder | worked 2nd Nov 2022
2023 Celestite 8C+ Boulder | worked 28th Mar 2023
Peace Corps 8C Boulder | worked 14th Apr 2023
Adularia 8C Boulder | worked 26th Sep 2023
Hazel Grace 8C Boulder | worked 16th Oct 2023
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Ali Hulk (extension total sit start) 9b Lead | worked 29th Sep 2020
Biographie 9a+ Lead | worked 30th Jul 2007
La Rambla Extension 9a+ Lead | worked Mar 2019
The Fly 9a Lead | worked 7th Apr 2000
First ascent.
Psychedelic 9a Lead | worked 8th Nov 2001
First ascent. Fourth go.
Coup de Grace 9a Lead | worked 31st Oct 2005 9a+
Action Directe 9a Lead | worked 21st May 2001
Thor's Hammer 9a Lead | worked 5th Oct 2015
Necessary Evil 8c+ Lead | worked 20th Nov 2001
A Muerte 8c+ Lead | worked 7th Dec 2006
China Beach 8c Lead | worked 2000
First ascent.
Jaws 8c Lead | worked
First ascent.
Groove Train 8c Lead | ground up 4th Jul 2012 8c+ (hard)
To Bolt or Not to Be 8b+ Lead | worked 1st Apr 2000
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Euclase 8C+ Boulder | worked 20th Apr 2022 8C+
Celestite 8C+ Boulder | worked 28th Mar 2023
Creature from the Black Lagoon 8C+ Boulder | worked Oct 2016

Second ascent.

Hypnotized Minds 8C+ Boulder | worked Oct 2019
Fuck the System 8C+ Boulder | worked 25th 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 | worked 9th Jan 2005
First ascent.

The new standard

From Dirt Grows the Flowers 8C Boulder | worked 7th Mar 2005
First ascent.
The Bridge of Ashes 8C Boulder | worked 8th Mar 2013 8C
First ascent.

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iy8U660wqw

Foundations Edge 8C Boulder | worked 15th Oct 2013
First ascent.

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 | worked 12th Oct 2016
Petrichor 8C Boulder | worked 2019
Cassim 8C Boulder | worked 2nd Nov 2022
Adularia 8C Boulder | worked 26th Sep 2023
La Colombe 8C Boulder | worked
First ascent.
Warrior Up 8C Boulder | worked 4th Sep 2010
Paint it Black 8C Boulder | worked 28th Apr 2012
9 sessions.
Spray of Light 8C Boulder | worked 28th Jul 2015
Roadkill 8C Boulder | worked 6th Dec 2021 8C

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

References

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CXoYlaigA6l/

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

Primitivo 8C Boulder | worked 12th 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 | worked 28th Feb 2022
La Rustica 8C Boulder | worked 2nd Apr 2022
Peace Corps 8C Boulder | worked 14th Apr 2023
Hazel Grace 8C Boulder | worked 16th Oct 2023 8C/8C+
Bhai Bon 8B+ Boulder | worked 2003
First ascent.
Scarred for Life 8B+ Boulder | worked 2006
First ascent.
The Island 8B+ Boulder | worked 7th Apr 2008 8C
First ascent.

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo2RsX2lASg

Big Paw 8B+ Boulder | worked 27th Nov 2008
First ascent.
We Can Build You 8B+ Boulder | worked 16th Sep 2010
First ascent.
The Ice Knife 8B+ Boulder | worked 18th Oct 2011 8C
First ascent.
Memory is Parallax 8B+ Boulder | worked 31st Dec 2011
First ascent.

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/

Wave Swoop 8B+ Boulder | worked 28th Jul 2013
Cosmic Artifact 8B+ Boulder | worked Before 10th Jun 2017 8B+
First ascent.
Black Eagle Assis 8B+ Boulder | worked Aug 2018
First ascent.

First repeat since broken holds.

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

Dreamtime (pre break) 8B+ Boulder | worked 30th Jan 2002 8B+
The Dagger 8B+ Boulder | worked 19th Dec 2004 8B+
Radja 8B+ Boulder | worked 25th Oct 2005
Golden Shadow 8B+ Boulder | worked 2012
White Noise 8B+ Boulder | worked 7th Oct 2012
Meadowlark Lemon 8B+ Boulder | worked 8th Jan 2013 8C
The Wheel of Wolvo 8B+ Boulder | worked 17th Sep 2013 8C
NEM 8B+ Boulder | worked 12th Mar 2015
2 sessions.
Nothin' But Sunshine 8B Boulder | worked 1st Sep 2000
First ascent.
Spectre 8B Boulder | worked 10th Jan 2001
Sideways Daze 8B Boulder | worked 15th Mar 2001
First ascent.
Mithril 8B Boulder | worked 25th Feb 2002
First ascent.
Satan i Helvete (Pre December 2013) 8B Boulder | worked 7th Mar 2003
First ascent.
The Riverbed 8B Boulder | worked 2004
First ascent.
Permanent Midnight 8B Boulder | worked 19th Sep 2006
First ascent.
Confessions 8B Boulder | worked 14th Feb 2015 8B+
First ascent.
The Great Shark Hunt 8B Boulder | worked
First ascent.
Shadowfax 8B Boulder | worked
First ascent.
Boogalagga 8B Boulder | worked 8th Dec 2004
The Swarm 8B Boulder | worked 15th Dec 2005
Terre de Sienne 8B Boulder | worked Feb 2006 8B+

Second ascent.

A Simple Knowing 8B Boulder | worked 13th Jul 2012
The Vice 8B Boulder | worked 1st Aug 2012
Carnage 8B Boulder | worked 22nd Sep 2014 8B (soft)
Kings of Sonlerto 8A+ Boulder | worked 11th Nov 2005 8B+
First ascent.
Trice 8A+ Boulder | worked 10th Jan 2008
Light Saber 8A Boulder | worked 2015
First ascent.
C'Était Demain 8A Boulder | flash Dec 2000
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Wheel of Life 9a Boulder | worked 8th Jun 2012