This year, 21-year-old Shauna Coxsey has taken the women’s climbing scene by storm. Not only has the young British boulderer established herself as an incredible competition athlete—winning Gold in two 2014 Bouldering World Cups and placing second overall in the 2014 IFSC Climbing World Cup—but she’s also proven her strength on real rock.
With the first female ascent of Dave Graham’s Nuthin But Sunshine (8B/V13) in Rocky Mountain National Park last year, Shauna quickly grabbed the attention of the climbing community as she became the first British female to climb V13 (as well as V12!). In April, she sent her second V13, Zarzaparilla in Albarracin, Spain. But more recently, on July 12 of this year, Shauna sent New Base Line (8B+/V14) in Magic Wood, Switzerland—making her the third female climber to send at this grade.
Watch these impressive ascents below:
I have been climbing since the age of four. No one else in my family climbs – it was Catherine Destiville a french free climber that inspired me. I sat on my fathers knee at three years old and was totally fascinated by the sport. At first climbing became a hobby but it quickly moved to becoming my sport, passion and life.
Since a very young age all I wanted to do was climb. I started competing at the age of 7 and my love for the sport has just continued to grow. My passion is both in competition and on rock and my aims and ambitions lie across all aspects.
– Shauna Coxsey
We’re stoked to see what Shauna accomplishes next, whether that be her next major success in the competition scene or on real rock. A huge congratulations for an extremely impressive year!