Open your mind direct, ~9a+, by Ashima Shiraishi

Ashima Shiraishi on Open your mind direct, 9a+, Santa Linya, Spain  © Parker Alec Cross/Cross road studios
Ashima Shiraishi on Open your mind direct, 9a+, Santa Linya, Spain
© Parker Alec Cross/Cross road studios

Ashima Shiraishi, still only 13, has managed to repeat Open your mind direct at Santa Linya, Spain. If confirmed at 9a+ post break, this means Ashima joins the likes of... no other women* who have climbed this grade!

From IG:

OMG!!! I sent my 4 day project Open Your Mind Direct 9a+, in Santa Linya!!!!!! The beginning is a hard boulder problem which leads into a pumpy route. After a hold broke off up high, local climbers said that the route became harder which changed it from 9a to 9a+. I was able to be the first person to send the route after the hold broke off! 😜 Thanks for the encouragements☺️

*Josune Bereziartu climbed Bimbaluna, 9a/+, in 2005. Until now that's the hardest grade climbed by a woman.

Photo by Parker Alec Cross

Ashima Shiraishi is sponsored by: Clif Bar, Evolv, Petzl and The North Face


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18 Mar, 2015
wow! (picks jaw back off floor)
18 Mar, 2015
Ondra got his first 9a at 13 so if this is 9a+ then Ashima is truly blazing a path no-one else has travelled before.
18 Mar, 2015
This is truly amazing! Is their any evidence or reason to believe that, like gymnasts, girls might ideally actually reach their peak in climbing pre puberty?
18 Mar, 2015
Good point. Before this, what age was the youngest male to climb 9a+? I am guessing it was Ondra - what age was he? 15 when he did La Rambla?
18 Mar, 2015
I suppose it depends on the route. The gymnastic disciplines are quite different for men and women, with the men's requiring feats of enormous upper body strength ( iron cross etc ), not something you can just overcome with good technique.
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