Sasha DiGiulian

I’m a climber, and what you put into it’s what you get out of it

Image Description: Felipe Camargo and Sasha DiGiulian are seen at the portaledge at Pedra Riscada in São Jose do Divino, Brazil onJjuly 24, 2016
© Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Sasha DiGiulian. My discipline is climbing. I was born on 23 October 1992 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. My special talent is Baking and making my own bars. My philosophy of life is You never know until you try: the only way to expand your comfort zone is by testing yourself in the unknown.. The most important person in my life is my friends and family. My favorite food is cookies, chips and guac.

Bio

Sasha DiGiulian took the rock climbing world by storm from a young age. She started climbing at age seven, in a gym in her home town of Alexandria, Virginia. By nine, she’d won her first regional contest and started sport climbing outside.

The former figure skater won her first Junior Continental Championships at age 11 and remaining undefeated in that contest for their rest of her junior career. In 2010, at 17, she won her first National Sport Climbing Championships against women of all ages, and won the World Championship title a year later.

At 18, she became the third woman in history – and the first North American woman – to climb a 5.14d route, on a wall in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. While a full-time college student at New York’s Columbia University, studying non-fiction writing and business, Sasha expanded her resumé of impressive alpine climbs, achieving first female ascents everywhere from Kentucky to South Africa to the Italian Dolomites. In 2015, she became the first woman to climb a notoriously difficult route called Magic Mushroom on the North Face of Switzerland’s famed Eiger. She graduated from Columbia in 2016 and relocated to Boulder, Colorado, a climbing epicentre.

“I fell in love with the fact that, in climbing, what you put into it's what you get out of it,” Sasha says. “There's an endless spectrum of personal achievement and it's a physically and mentally demanding sport. It's also served as my vehicle to explore the remotest corners of the world and has been my gateway to creating a global community.”

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Ascent of Pedra Riscada

      São Jose do Divino, Brazil

  2. 2016
    1. 1st Ascent of 'Tufas Too Furious'

      Cuba

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Female Ascent of the North Face of the Eiger

      'The Magic Mushroom'

      Bernese Alps, Switzerland

    2. Ascent of Peace (5.13d)

      Yosemite, California, USA

    3. Ascent of Great Wide Open in Devil’s Tower

      Wyoming, USA

  4. 2014
    1. 1st Ascent: Viaje de Los Locos (5.14a - 8b+)

      First female ascent of this route

      Sardinia, Italy

  5. 2013
    1. 1st Ascent: Rolihlahla

      South Africa

  6. 2012
    1. Salewa Rock Legend Award