Media Coverage

Kai Lightner: No Days Off, Whistle Sports (2018)

Aptitude for Altitude: Babson Freshman Begins Ascent, Poets & Quants (2018)

Kai Lightner, UNCTV-PBS (2018)

30 Under 30, Blue Ridge Outdoors (2018)

History in the Making- Black History Month, Disney Channel (2018)

Kai Lightner's Journey to the Top, (2018)

Shattering Stereotypes and Reaching New Heights, The Today Show (2018),

UNINTERRUPTED Presents: Kai Lightner (2017)

Touching the Sky: Teen Climber Kai Lightner Competes with the Pros, Highlights Children's Magazine, October 2017

Fayetteville Valedictorian has even loftier goals, ABC News (2017)

Kai Lightner, 17, aims to be the best rock climber in the country, ESPN: Undefeated (2017)

Kai Lightner, Climbing's Boy Wonder, Men's Journal (2017)

Summer Camp Opens Dramatic New Vistas for City Kids, Charlotte Observer (2016)

White House Instagram Page feature (2016)

The Today Show (2016)

Spotlight on NBCNews website (2016)

Introducing The NBCBLK28, NBC News (2016)

This 16 Year Old Rock Climber is Inspiring..., (2016)

Top teen rock climber in the world advises Omaha youths to find passion, forge their own paths, (2015)

Black Teen Rockclimbing Sensation Shattering Stereotypes, Huffington Post (2015)

Generation Up Interview, CLIF BAR (2015)

Kai Lightner's Tips for Endurance Routes, Dead Point Magazine, 2015

Kai Lightner Sends His First 5.14d, Era Vella, Spain, Rock & Ice, 2015

First 5.14d for Kai Lightner, Dead Point Magazine, 2015

U.S. Sport Climbing Championship Won by 15 year-old Kai Lightner, Mercury News, 2015

Lightner and Miller Wins SCS Nationals 2015, Dead Point Magazine, 2015

Kai Lightner and Drew Ruana Take Top Spots at Youth World Championship, Dead Point Magazine, 2015

14.C Documentary (8:46), Outside TV Online, 2014

Ashima and Kai Light it up at the Ring of Fire, Gripped Climbing Magazine, 2014

14.C Film Featuring Teen Climber Kai Lightner and His Mom Wins Inspiration Award, National Geographic Adventure Blog, 2014

14 Year Old Kai Lightner Climbs Lucifer (5.14C), Rock & Ice, 2014

Kai Lightner Sends Lucifer 5.14C, Dead Point Magazine, 2014

Kai Lightner Sends Trebuchet, Dead Point Magazine, 2013

The Lightner Family: Teenage Champion.... ,, 2013

The Bionic Sloth, Rock & Ice, Issue 212, Sept. 2013 (pp. 18-19)

The World According to Kai, Dead Point Magazine, 2013 (pp. 18-35)

14C for Kai Lightner, Dead Point Magazine, 2013

Kai Lightner Cruises Southern Smoke, Climbing, 2013

Regional Coverage

Oh The Places You'll Climb, Cary Magazine, 2013

Rock Climber Kai Lightner Headed to Worlds, ABC News (WTVD) , 2013

 Kai Lightner: Competitive Rockclimber (3-min Video Documentary), Fayetteville Observer, 2012

10-yr old is climbing his way to the top, Fayetteville Observer, 2010

Rock Climbers Rock the Americas, Active Alex, 2010

Fayetteville's Kai Lightner is a U.S. climbing champion at ten years old,, 2010

Climbing walls keep him grounded, Raleigh News & Observer, 2010