I read an incredible story in Nat Geo today (I loves me tales of adventure). A week before her 15th birthday, Ashima Shiraishi from New York, was in Japan on a holiday when she conquered a v15 bourder wall. The highest difficulty rating for a rock climb. She is the only woman to ever conquer that level and the youngest person (male or female) to achieve this challenging climb.
The article talks about bouldering.
Bouldering involves climbing rocks, often around 15 or 20 feet tall. No ropes or gear are needed other than sticky-rubber climbing shoes, chalk, and crash pads made of lightweight, firm foam to help soften falls. Each boulder problem takes a distinct path up the rock, with a defined start and finish. Any of the handholds and footholds located between those two points are usually considered to be fair game, so the challenge then becomes figuring out the sequence of hand moves, foot moves, and twisty body positions that allow you to go from start to finish without falling.
Having now achieved both a 5.15a sport climb and a V15 boulder problem, Shiraishi is the first young woman to join a very small, elite group of climbers who have ticked both of these pinnacle, benchmark grades.
Alright, time to sign my 8-year-old for rock climbing? I’ll be like Swimming Dad/Rock climbing Dad….hanging out at the gym yelling at rocks.
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