In addition to climbing, Kai is a freelance writer, public speaker, and has been featured in numerous documentaries. He also enjoys working with organizations focused on minority outreach in outdoor spaces. In 2020, Kai founded the nonprofit organization, Climbing for Change, which aims to connect underserved communities with individuals and organizations that seek to increase minority participation in rock climbing and the outdoor adventure industry. 


IFSC Youth Lead Climbing World Champion, 14 years old
USAC Open National Champion, 15 Years Old
12 USAC National Titles
5 IFSC Pan American Titles
5 IFSC Youth World Championship Medals
Death of Villains (5.1 5a/9a+)
Founder of Climbing For Change non - profit organization

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Kai Lightner

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