Climber Ashima Shiraishi is First Woman (and Youngest Person) to Boulder a V15
On March 22, 2016, Ashima Shirashi, who was 14 years old at the time and on spring break, made climbing history as the first woman to boulder Horizon at Mount Hiei, Japan, a V15-rated climb. She was also the youngest, male or female, to do so. The achievement was the latest in a string of successes for the young American from New York City that includes becoming the first woman to climb Ciudad de Dios, a 5.14d/5.15a, when she was just 13. Shirashi is also the youngest person to climb that grade. The record in Japan catapulted Shirashi to rock climbing royalty as one of handful of elites (all grown men) who have succeeded in climbing both V15 and 5.15.
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