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11 year old V13 bouldering phenom Ashima Shiraishi featured in the New York Times

Ashima Shiraishi’s ascent of Crown of Aragorn (V13) in Hueco Tanks was widely reported by climbing and outdoor media, and now she is getting the attention of major media outlets as well.  Last weekend, she was featured in a lead story in the New York Times, as well as a video featuring her training in New York City and working problems in Hueco.  Despite the propensity of non-climbers to painfully bungle terminology when writing about the sport, this article is very well written.  Click here for the article and video.

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The Kids Are All Right

Ashima Shiraishi on Power of Silence (V10)

The last few weeks have seen a spate of impressive achievements by pre-teens.  First, 10-year-old Ashima Shiraishi sent Crown of Aragorn (V13) in Hueco Tanks.  Previously, Ashima notched Power of Silence (V10), also at Hueco, when she was only 8.  Although there is no video currently released of her Crown ascent, here’s some footage of her at a competition at age 9.


Another impressive recent ascent of The Aquarium (V12) at Bishop, CA is credited to 11-year-old Mirko Caballero.  In addition to bouldering, Mirko has been crushing it on sport routes too- he sent Fugitive (5.13a) at Jailhouse, CA last year when he was just 10.  You can check out Mirko’s blog here.


We also recently featured 12-year-old Drew Ruana on Vicious Fish (5.13d) at Smith Rock. I’m not sure what to expect next; will this diaper-clad toddler be the next to crack V10?

Another thing I’d like to know- where’s that kid’s spotter?