Yesterday Ashima Shiraishi topped her second V15,
another Dai Koyamada route Sleepy Rave. The
problem, which links Sleepy Hollow (V12/13 8A+), Cave Man (V9 7C), and Dead Can’t Dance (V11 8A), runs along the inside
of Hollow Mountain Cave in the Grampians, Australia.
“I might’ve had the best climbing day yet,” Ashima, 15, commented on Instagram. “And of course the news of the confirmation of climbing being in the 2020Olympics.
It always feels amazing when you realize that the pain, sweat and tears were worth it.”
The 45-foot ground fall that Ashima
sustained last month has barred little-to-no effect on her climbing performance. Within two weeks of the accident, Ashima competed in USA Climbing
Nationals, winning the Youth B national title. Now, she’s tackling some of the world’s hardest boulder problems. Since arriving in the Grampians, she’s
also sent Mana (V13 8B) and has been projecting other problems like Sleepy Man (V13 8B) in the area.
In March, Ashima sent her first V15, making history as
the first female, and youngest person, to tick the grade. In March the year prior, Ashima was the first person to send Open Your Mind Direct after a hold broke off, potentially raising the 5.14d grade
to 5.15a. It seems to be just a matter of time before Ashima irrevocably solidifies herself among the few elites who have sent both V15 and 5.15.
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Watch On The Road, Ashima’s Coloradoan bouldering trip, in the video below: