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Ashima Shiraishi // Rock climber

I can't really stop.
It's just too fun.

 
 
 
 
 

ASHIMA SHIRAISHI

 

At age 15, Ashima Shiraishi is widely recognized as one of the world's most talented young climbers of all time. Unlike many in her sport, Ashima’s love of climbing was not born in the Yosemite Valley, but instead in New York City's Central Park and Brooklyn Boulders climbing gym. At age 13, she became the first woman and youngest climber to send a sport route with a difficulty grade of 9a+ (5.15a)—an accomplishment very few athletes in the world can claim—and became only the second female climber to successfully send a V14 bouldering problem. 

A week before her 15th birthday, Ashima climbed a boulder problem with a difficulty rating of V15. This remarkable achievement made her not only the first woman to ever climb a V15 boulder problem, but also the youngest person, male or female, ever to do so.

Hailed by the The New York Times as a “Bouldering Phenom” and selected as one of CNN’s 30 Most Influential Teens, Ashima has been profiled by several major publications, including The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, VICE Sports, and ESPN Magazine. She has also been profiled by CNN Amanpour, The Today Show, The Disney Channel among others. 

Despite her success and deep commitment as a climber, she still finds time to attend high school in New York City.

Achievements:

  • First and only female to climb V15: Horizon
    Youngest person, male or female, ever to do so (14 years old)
  • First female to climb 5.15: Open Your Mind Direct 5.15a (13 years old)
  • First ascent of “The Swarm” Bishop, California, V14 (13 years old)
  • Youngest female to send V14 (Golden Shadow, South Africa) and only the second officially recorded female climber to successfully send a V14 problem (13 years old)
  • World's youngest to send 5.14c (11 years old)
  • World's youngest to send V13 (10 years old)
  • World's youngest to send V10 (8 years old)
  • Named one of Time Magazine’s 30 most influential Teens of 2015
  • 2015 and 2016 Bouldering and Lead World Youth Champion
  • 5 x consecutive ABS Youth National Champion

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At the top, you realize all the stress and frustration you put in was worth it. That's the climbers life.

WATCH Ashima's Vice Profile

 

The 15-Year-Old female rock climbing phenom.

Watch Ashima teach today to climb

 
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