Meet the Next Generation of Great American Climbers

When Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner aren’t taking the climbing world by storm, they're fishing, playing on their phones, and doing homework. Shiraishi and Lightner are 15 and 16, after all. The duo are also the youngest members of the Clif Team, a community of professional and amateur adventure athletes.

In the video from Clif Bar, Shiraishi and Lightner travel to Flatanger, Norway, with veteran Chris Sharma to climb the Hanshelleren Cave, which features 260 feet of overhang climbing that is capped by a 160-foot headwall. 

A New Yorker, Shiraishi was the first female and youngest person to climb a 5.15a route, and the youngest to conquer a 5.14c and V13. She has been the subject of stories in the New York Times, Outside, and ESPN. Lightner, more of gym climber compared to Shiraishi’s outdoor style, is a nine-time national champion and three-time Pan American champion. Outside of climbing, the Fayetteville, North Carolina native loves watching YouTube videos, Vines, and Furious 7

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