The Best Female Rock Climber In the World is 14 Years Old

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Ashima Shiraishi can scale boulders and rock faces that most people twice her age simply can’t. The 14-year-old New York native started climbing boulders in Central Park when she was just six years old and hasn’t looked back since. Keep going Ashima!

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She started playing around on Rat Rock in Central Park when she was seven, and was climbing routes many adults can’t finish by the time she was eight.


Now, at 14, she is the only youngest person of any gender, to climb a rock wall with a difficulty grade of 9a+, which is the third most difficult grade in climbing.

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Her climbing technique looks like a dance. She bravely leaps off small holds and shoots up jagged walls and pulling her way to the top of a wall.

SOURCEGreat Big Story
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