17 Year Old Ashleigh - O'Draconian Devil (F8b/+)

by Simon Rawlinson & Jack Geldard Jun/2011
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Earlier this spring 17 year old Ashleigh Wolsey Heard climbed O'Draconian Devil (F8b/+) on the popular Greek island of Kalymnos.

The route - which featured on the Chris Sharma film 'King Lines' - takes a bouldery sequence through the steep cave at sector Iannis. This route was bolted by Neil Gresham and requires good flexibility at the cave's apex.

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+Ashleigh Wolsey Heard climbing O'Draconian Devil F8b/+, 135 kb
Ashleigh Wolsey Heard climbing O'Draconian Devil F8b/+
simon rawlinson, Apr 2011
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+Ashleigh reaching the salvation of the tufa - O'Draconian Devil F8b/+, 142 kb
Ashleigh reaching the salvation of the tufa - O'Draconian Devil F8b/+
simon rawlinson, Apr 2011
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The route took Ash seven attempts over two days and would have gone much sooner but required an evening's stretching session for the final bridge that is required.

Ashleigh has recently been selected for the GB squad and is going from strength to strength with some quick ascents of hard boulder problems at Kennelgarth wall back home in South Wales.

VIDEO: Ashleigh Wolsey Heard climbs O'Draconian Devil


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