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!
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