Ryohei Kameyama has made the second ascent of the world’s second V17, No Kpote, in Fontainebleau after only four sessions (according to 8a.nu)! The route was originally climbed by famous barefoot climber, Charles Albert, this January. Kameyama, the 22-year-old from Gifu, Japan, has climbed a few V15s, including Jour de Chasse and The Big Island in Fontainebleau, and Kuzan in Mie, Japan. He is currently in the middle of projecting the world’s first V17, Burden of Dreams, in Finland, established by Nalle Hukkataival.
Kameyama said on his Instagram that No Kpote doesn’t feel as hard as Burden of Dreams, and thinks the former could be more V16/V17
While many hadn’t yet heard of Ryohei Kameyama, he has in fact been quietly getting stronger over the past few years. He even shows up in the comp scene, and can boast an impressive 2nd place finish in the 2016 male juniors boulder at the Asian Youth Championship, held in Tehran, Iran, as well as 7th place in the 2016 male juniors boulder at the IFSC World Youth Championships, held in Guangzhou, China, among other competition finishes.