Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NEWS: Twelve-Year-Old Ashima Shiraishi Sends The Automator (V13) in RMNP (8/27/13)

Ashima Shiraishi has proven once again that she is one of the strongest climbers in the world, despite being only 12 years old. AShima quickly dispatched The Automator, a V13 testpiece in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ashima was the youngest person to climb V13 when she sent Crown of Aragorn (V13) in Hueco Tanks last year. Ashima has also made impressive sends of Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Lucifer (5.14c) at the Red River Gorge, and flashed Omaha Beach (5.14a).

The Automator was first established by Dave Graham in 2000 and has attracted a ticklist that reads like rolecall of some the best boulderers in the world,incluing Daniel Woods, Andy Raether, Jon Cardwell, Paul Robinson, Carlo Traversi, James Webb and more. The Automator is part of a recent development in the past decade of hard, alpine boulders in the National Park.

Ashima has drawn attention lately for her unbelievable talents. Rumors have been spreading that she has her eyes on Jade, considered one of Colorado’s classic V14 boulder problems.

Check out this video documenting Ashima and her ascent of Crown of Aragorn (V13) which at age 11 made her the youngest person of any gender to climb the grade:

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