Ashima Shiraishi Sends Open Your Mind Direct (5.15a)

Do you casually send 5.15s on your 8th grade spring break?

No? Well 13-year-old Ashima Shiraishi definitely does … On her short trip Spain this March, this young female crusher managed to send two 9a/+s: Open Your Mind Direct and Ciudad de Dios.

Her ascent of these two routes, paired with her bouldering ascents of Golden Shadow (V14) and The Swarm (V14) mean that Ashima has climbed the hardest grades by a female in both the bouldering and sport climbing realms. Watch Ashima gracefully send Open Your Mind Direct (5.15a, 9a/+) in Catalunya’s Santa Linya Cave.


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  • Mllea14

    Definitely amazing. Need to show more of the falls so we understand what perseverance is!