Ashima Shiraishi on 24 carats, 8c+, Red River Gorge
Björn Pohl - UKC, Oct 2013
12 year old Ashima Shiraishi has spent a few days in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, where she has the habit of stunning the world with a slew of world class ascents every year.
This year was no different as she managed to climb two routes in the 8c-8c+ range in two days:
The very technical slightly overhanging 24 Carats, was put up in 2010 by Jonathan Siegrist, and hasn't seen many repeats in those three years. This means it's probably solid for the grade. Ashima's repeat was the first female ascent.
50 words for pump is quite different to 24... as it's very steep and pumpy. It has seen quite a few repeats and weighs in around ~8c/+ or so. The first female ascent was made by Mélissa Le Nevé last year.
Ashima Shiraishi is sponsored by Blue Water Ropes and Evolv