As if climbing the toughest routes in the world wasn’t challenging enough… Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner …
“Climb through your problems. Failure is a huge part of success.”
Ashima Shiraishi is known for being one of the best boulders and sport climbers of all time. She started climbing in Central Park at age six. The New York Times has called her a Bouldering Phenom. Outside Magazine has described her as a Young Crusher. And The New Yorker calls her The Wall Dancer. In 2014 Ashima sent her first V15 in Japan making her the first female youngest person to send a V15. During her trip to Australia this past summer she continued to cement her place in the climbing world, sending her second V15. And to top off the year Ashima took home the gold medal at the youth world championship in China and was nominated for Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year Award. With her determination and focus, Ashima continues to push the limits and boundaries of the sport.
Ashima Shiraishi By The Numbers
I think that as a climber from NYC, it’s a pretty unique thing. My parents are also pretty unique individuals and they’ve always encouraged me to be different from others so I sort of created my own style. My climbing pants are made by my mom and have very different designs on the fabrics, which really makes me stand out on the rock. I feel a responsibility to be inspire others to be different and unique.
Climbing is such a physical sport that there’s a certain age where it’s physically impossible to be the best climber in the world, but I think I will continue to climb until I can’t handle it physically anymore. So that might be until I’m 80 or something!