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Ashima Ticks Another Project in Spain

Hot off her send of Open Your Mind Direct (~5.15a), Ashima Shiraishi bags her second project, Ciudad de Dios (5.14d/5.15a) in Santa Linya, Spain, after three days working the route.

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Hot off her Open Your Mind Direct (~5.15a), Ashima Shiraishi bags her second project, Ciudad de Dios (5.14d/5.15a) in Santa Linya, Spain, after three days working the route.

On Instagram, Ashima reported: “Ahhhhh!!!! I sent my 2nd project…but my fingers are bleeding now.”

She fell at the last move on her second day, posting “I’ll gettchu soon…” on Instagram. After a rest day, she made the send.

Ciudad de Dios, first climbed by Eduard Marín in 2009, is located at the same crag as Open Your Mind Direct.

Controversy remains regarding the grade of Open Your Mind Direct. The first ascensionist called the route a 5.14d, but a hold recently broke near the top, which may have made it more difficult. Ashima was the first person to send the route since the hold broke.

According to 8a.nu, the website has received comments from “very experienced Santa Linya climbers” reporting that the route she did is more likely a 5.14d.

Nonetheless, the 13 year-old from New York City has been making good use of her spring break in Spain with some historic and very difficult sends.

Read: Chasing Winter Debuts: Q&A with Ashima + Video (2013)