On the Road: Ashima Sends Automator (V13)
Ashima Shiraishi traveled with her father to Colorado for two weeks in August of 2013 to test her strength and skills on the Rocky Mountain boulders. Having never climbed on the style of climbing that is seen in Colorado (she has only bouldered in New York, Hueco Tanks, Japan, and South Africa), she had to get used to the intense walks and the powerful granite climbing that makes up Rocky Mountain National Park and Mt. Evans. Ashima wasted no time getting adjusted and professional climber Paul Robinson brought her to Upper Chaos on her first day, where she completed a handful of climbs before working on Paul's V14 project with him. The remainder of the trip was equally successful and her greatest obstacle proved to be time. During her short trip she was able to climb Unshackled 8A, make the second female ascent of European Human Being V12/8A+, as well as the second female and youngest ascent of The Automator V13/8B.