Ashira and 14c- Thoughts?


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Sport climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
She climbs BETTER than you.
No excuses. Get over it.

Trad climber
los angeles
Nov 1, 2012 - 03:52pm PT

no offense, but that Daniel Woods on the Vimeo sounds like a ghey dork

why wont he shut the fuk up and just nail that boulder problem? for every inch of climbing he does he talks for about 3 minutes in nerd-speak.

and what's that on his anterior abdomen? it looks like a 15inch Kaposi's sarcoma!


Social climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 03:56pm PT

Beta male

Sport climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 03:59pm PT

Nov 1, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Ashima has excellent technique to complement her strength to weight ratio.

Accept it, guys. She's the future of the sport.

Heed wise counsel from Kerwin: Alpinism is still available.

Or polish your rationalizations.


Social climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
Don't worry, John, on her 14th birthday she'll climb the Rupal Face and all us will have to cling to Aid Climbing as the "Real Climbing."
Epic E

Big Wall climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Does anyone know if the climbs she red pointed and flashed where rap bolted?
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 1, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
they were chiseled

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 1, 2012 - 11:40pm PT

Nov 1, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Man, glad I clicked that vid. Thanks.

Nov 2, 2012 - 04:20pm PT

Help me solidify my thoughts. I realize that this will remain a remarkable feat regardless of my/our opinions-- it just crys out for deeper contemplation

Adult climbers have pondered this issue since the beginnings of rock climbing as a recreational sport (1880s):

"Let anyone of ordinary height take a friendly small boy of an active nature for practice on such a place [high stone wall at home . . .] and he will have the pleasure of seeing him easily climb up vertical places that are much more difficult, or probably impossible, for the taller man, even though he may be an expert mountaineer." - George Abraham in The Complete Mountaineer (1907)

Social climber
Nov 2, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
Staunch conservative movement versus free flowing aesthetics.

Yup, kids can teach old dogs new tricks.


Boulder climber
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:00pm PT

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 19, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
^^ white guy named the video

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Nov 19, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
Question for all those who think Ashima has an advantage because of her strength to weight ratio, what do you have to say about her much shorter reach? Is that some sort of advantage, too:-)

Boulder climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 12:08am PT
If I was Obe I'd ignore established routes, and put her on a strict đΊet of FAs - be them shitty or 5 stars.

Nov 20, 2012 - 06:47am PT
@bhilden Actually shorter arms gives the advantage of better leverage. But more reach would be more valuable than this.
bigwall shitter

Social climber
the wild west
Dec 10, 2012 - 12:04am PT
so does her coach get paid to give her beta or is he there on his own accord? Sh#t, I mean does he do any climbing of his own?

It's great that she's so talented, but ninja warrior princess? Why can't she just be climbing without all this bullsh#t?

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 12:20am PT
jogill for the win- 1907!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Dec 10, 2012 - 09:16am PT
People point to Sharma, Caldwell, etc as young guns who didn't burn out and continued to climb harder as they grew into adult sized frames. But if you really tease that out a bit, they didn't progress as much as we might have expected...and I put a lot of that down to growing into an adult body.

Huh? What kind of "Expectations" did you have...? Flying through the air by flapping their wings? Sharma and Caldwell have done some of the hardest things EVER done, and Caldwell has probably freed more El Cap routes than anybody. Sharma has climbed 5.15+, there is not 5.16..sheesh

and there's folks saying "but she's not doing bold routes" Huh? She's 11. People would call the police if her folks were putting her on bold routes. Besides, that bouldering she's doing is off the ground and hard as crap, you hit the ground every time.

You know who one of the first kid phenomenas was? They used to call him "boy wonder." Ron Kauk, still throwing it down in middle age.

Watch her climb, it's not just strength to weight ratio, she's got skills.

It's threatening to us that an 11 year old can crank this hard, because we like to take some validation for our specialness from being a climber, and that seems silly when an 11 year old can crank the hardest routes (or that a monkey can climb 5.17 without a rope)

We should get over that because few can be #1 and even they are not #1 at everything.

Its wasn't long ago that nobody had flashed a 5.14. Things are changing quickly all the time.

She doesn't have to stick with the sport to have made her mark. We all have different paths. She's bad ass now, and I'll bet if she wants to be bad ass later, she will be



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