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Ashima Shiraishi Breaks Record, Ascends Open Your Mind

Our very own Ashima Shiraishi has blown everyone’s mind by ascending Open Your Mind Direct in Spain, believed to be a 9a+ / 5.15a climb – the first female to ever do so. And at only age 13.

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Ashima prepped for the climb by “something like making your mind and your soul quiet and strong”; perhaps a bit like meditation. Her insane ape index of +4 undoubtedly helped, along with her intuitive climbing IQ and strength.

In a recent piece on Ashima by The Guardian, resident ‘climb designer’ (aka, routesetter) Garrett Koeppicus is quoted, “She is wildly talented. She’s like spiderwoman. She’s just crazy good,”.

Hailed as ‘the future’, it’s been inspiring to see Ashima climb harder, stronger and endlessly push limits for the past five years. We can’t wait to see what she does next.