Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

Ashima Shiraishi, 13, Becomes Second Female to Climb V14

Ashima Shiraishi, just 13-years-old, has crushed her first V14 by sending Fred Nicole’s Golden Shadow in Rocklands, South Africa, becoming the second woman ever to climb such a grade.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All-Access
Intro Offer
$3.99 / month*

  • A $500 value with 25+ benefits including:
  • Access to all member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Rock and Ice, Climbing, Outside, Backpacker, Trail Runner and more
  • Annual subscription to Climbing magazine.
  • Annual gear guides for climbing, camping, skiing, cycling, and more
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Outside Learn, our new online education hub loaded with more than 2,000 videos across 450 lessons including 6 Weeks to Stronger Fingers and Strength Training for Injury Prevention
  • Premium access to Outside TV and 1,000+ hours of exclusive shows
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

Ashima Shiraishi, just 13-years-old, has crushed her first V14 by sending Fred Nicole’s Golden Shadow in Rocklands, South Africa.

She is now the second female to climb the grade, the first being Tomoko Ogawa who repeated Dai Koyamada’s Catharsis in Shiobara, Japan, in October 2012.

In the same week, Shiraishi also repeated Betta Move, her sixth V13 so far. Other V13s by Shiraishi include One Summer in Paradise and The Automator, both in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks; Fragile Steps in Rocklands, and Steady Plums Direct in Cape Town, South Africa.

Shiraishi now ties Mirko Caballero, also 13, for the honor of being the youngest person to climb V14. Caballero cinched that title when he sent Meadowlark Lemon Sit (V14) in Red Rocks, Nevada, this March.

According to her 8a.nu scorecard, Shiraishi has also been the best female sport climber for the past two years, climbing several 5.14c routes.

Below is Shiraishi working on her used-to-be project, Golden Shadow (V14) and a video of her climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, in August 2013, when she sent The Automator (V13).

On the Road from Evolv Climbing on Vimeo.