Ashima Shiraishi Crushes at Red River Gorge

posted by dpm on 09/09/2011


According to, ten-year-old Ashima Shiraishi  has redpointed Swingline (5.13d) and onsighted The Return of Darth Moll (5.13b) at Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.  We all knew she was a bouldering prodigy but maybe weren’t aware she could also kill it on a rope.  Both routes are at the Dark Side crag and involve steep, sustained climbing on small pockets.  Both are solid for the grade with many people considering Darth Moll to be borderline 5.13c.  She also sent Table of Colors Direct (5.13b) at Left Flank.  In an interview with 27crags, she stated that she’d like to return for God’s Own Stone at the Gold Coast crag.  Keep it up Ashima!


Click the image for video of Ashima sending Power of Silence (V10) when she was 8!


Click the image for video of Ashima training indoors.