The World's Best Female Rock Climber Might Be A 13-Year Old Girl – BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News interviewed Ashima Shiraishi, who just broke two world rock climbing records.
This is Ashima Shiraishi. She’s one of the top female rock climbers in the world — and she’s only 13.
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Last week, she conquered what is likely the toughest rock climb ever done by a woman: “Open Your Mind Direct” in Santa Linya, Spain.
At 13, she is also the youngest person — male or female — to climb something so hard.
The climb is expected to be rated “5.15a,” a difficulty grade that only a handful of the world’s best male climbers have ever completed. The rating is awaiting consensus that will cement Ashima’s climb as a world record: A handhold on the route recently broke off, making Ashima the first person to climb the more difficult route.
Only two women in history have ever even climbed the difficulty below, 5.14d.
It was such a hard climb that at some points, Ashima had to be upside down.
So psyched for the article that the @guardian wrote about me climbing Open Your Mind Direct!!!!! It's up online (link is in my bio) so go check it outtttttt! And I'll be in the newspaper this upcoming Monday, I believe….. @petzl_official @evolvusa @thenorthface @clifbarcompany | Photo: @crossroadstudios
Ashima started climbing when she was only seven.
And since then, she’s broken several world records for the youngest climber to reach top difficulty levels.
Ahhhh!!!! Sending has never felt this GOOD!!!🎉 Trying to get the first female ascent of The Swarm V14 was a huge mental battle for me! What a way to start the year!!! Thank you for the inspiration and help @alexjohnson89 @kanbehonpo, @theprincep, Matt Birch, Rob&Jill and everyone else who I didn't mention in this post😁 | Photo: Rob Mulligan
She’s 13, so when BuzzFeed News interviewed her, we did it on Snapchat.
Ashima’s in Spain right now, hoping to tackle even more record-breaking climbs.
So what do your hands look like after a world-record-breaking rock climb?
“Sending” is what climbers call completing a rock climb without falling.
How many pullups can you do?
When this happens to you:
What does your face look like?
What do you like to do when you’re not rock climbing?
What’s your favorite subject in school?
What’s your next big climb?
I had just one last question for Ashima: