10. A Nine Year Old Takes Down Hueco

For Ashima Shiraishi, age is no limit

Dec 20, 2011
Outside Magazine

Sending a V11/12 boulder problem normally wouldn't be enough to get on this list, but we'll make an exception for Ashima Shiraishi. In January, then-nine-year-old Ashima tore through Hueco Tanks, Texas, sending hard problems including Rogered in the Shower (V11) and Chablanke (V11/V12). The sends brought her to within a grade of the hardest-ever send by a woman, then-25-year-old Angie Payne's ascent of The Automator (V13) in 2010. Not bad for someone who still has to balance climbing with grade school.

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