Ashima Sends Automator (V13)

posted by dpm on 08/27/2013


12-year-old Ashima Shiraishi has climbed Automator (V13) in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. This is the 2nd female ascent after Angie Payne in 2010 and the youngest to date. She was able to complete the problem in just two sessions.

Ashima on Automator (V13). Photo: Paul Dusatko/Facebook

Colorado is the last stop on Ashima's summer climbing tour which started with a trip to Céüse, France where she climbed two 5.14b's and many more hard routes. She then went to Magic Wood, Switzerland for some bouldering where she sent One Summer In Paradise (V13) as well as some V11's and V12's. This was Ashima's fifth V13 boulder problem. Her first was Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks which she climbed at the age of 10, becoming the youngest person to tick the grade. The following year she traveled to South Africa and sent Steady Plums Direct in Cape Town and Fragile Steps in Rocklands.

Has any other female climbed five or more V13's? Please leave a comment if I'm mistaken, but, at the age of 12, she may already be the record holder.  

Ashima on Automator (V13). Photo: Paul Dusatko/Facebook