Ashima Shiraishi Sends Open Your Mind Direct (5.14d/5.15a)

By Rock and Ice | April 29th, 2015

Ashima Shiraishi, 13, sent Open Your Mind Direct in Santa Linya, Spain, on March 17, after four days projecting the route. She may be the first female, and the youngest climber ever, to break the 5.15 barrier.

Controversy remains regarding the grade of the route. 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, “local experts” believe the route to be 9a (5.14d), also suggested in the guidebook. 

Read more on her ascent here

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