This 14-Year-Old Girl Is the Best Female Rock Climber In The World

Ashima Shiraishi, at only 14-years-old, has made history in the sport of rock climbing. She has won the American Bouldering Series Youth National Championhsip every year from 2010 to 2014. Last year, she won the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Youth Championship in both lead climbing and bouldering. Last March, at the age of 13, she was the first woman and youngest person of either sex to complete the Open Your Mind Direct course in Spain. This 5.15 course is the highest possible difficulty for a climb according to the Yosemite Decimal System.

Her story has been published in The New Yorker as she makes the route to the top.