Sasha DiGiulian Biography
Sasha DiGiulian is an American professional rock climber . In 2012, she became the first American woman to climb grade 9a (5.14d).
She has climbed over 30 First Female Ascents as well as 8 significant First Ascents, including “Rolihlahla” in South Africa, a Big Wall in Brazil in 2016 and The Misty Wall in Yosemite in 2017. In 2011 she 5.14c (8c+), onsighted two of 5.14a (8b+) and four of 5.13d (8b). In 2015, she became the first woman to free climb Magic Mushroom (7c+), one of the most difficult routes on the north face of the Eiger. In 2017 she did the first female ascent of Big Wall in Madagascar, Mora Mora (5.14b/8c), climbing it with Edu Marin in what was also the second free ascent of Mora Mora.
Sasha DiGiulian Age
She was born on 23 October 1992 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. She is 26 years old as of 2018.
Sasha DiGiulian Education
She went to Potomac School. She studied non-fiction creative writing and business. In 2016, she graduated from Columbia University.
Sasha DiGiulian Career
DiGiulian started her climbing career at the age of 6 and began competing at age 7. At age 11 she climbed her first 5.13b (8a). She went to Potomac School, a K-12 near Washington, D.C. In March 2011, just before graduating from high school, she redpointed Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Lucifer (5.14c) in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky. After leaving high school, she took a gap year to travel and rock climb, concentrating on international competition and outdoor climbing.
She won the Silver Medal in bouldering at the World Championships in Arco, Italy in July 2011. She returned to the Red River Gorge in October 2011 where she redpointed Pure Imagination, a route considered 5.14d at the time, otherwise known as 9a. On April 25, 2012 she became the first North American female, and third woman of all time (after Spain’s Josune Bereziartu and Charlotte Durif of France), to climb 9a (5.14d) by ascending Era Vella in Margalef.
DiGiulian is a three-time National Champion in Female Open and she has won multiple Female Open panAmerican Championships. From 2004 until the end of her Junior career, 2010, she was the undefeated Panamerican Champion. In 2010 and 2012 DiGiulian won the Adult Continental Championships. In 2011 she redpointed 5.14c (8c+), onsighted two 5.14a (8b+) and four 5.13d (8b) routes. In 2012 DiGiulian earned three gold medals at the Panamerican Championships for Female Sport Climbing, Bouldering, and Overall Champion.
In 2015, she became the first woman to free climb Magic Mushroom (7c+), one of the most difficult routes on the north face of the Eiger. She has climbed over 30 First Female Ascents as well as 8 significant First Ascents, including a Big Wall in Brazil in 2016 and The Misty Wall in Yosemite in 2017. In 2017 she did the first female free ascent of Mora Mora, climbing it with Edu Marin in what was also the second free ascent of Mora Mora. DiGiulian graduated Columbia University in 2016.
She studied non-fiction creative writing and business, was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and an athlete representative on the board of the International Federation of Sport Climbing. DiGiulian serves as a Board Member of the Women’s Sports Foundation and as an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, Up2Us Sports, and Outdoor Foundation.
She was also the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top College Women of the Year, 2016, the Cutting Edge Athlete Award for 2014 performance, presented by the American Alpine Club, The Golden Piton Award, and the Arco Rock Legend Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Outdoors. As of January 2017, DiGiulian appears to be living in Boulder, Colorado amidst travel. In March 2017 a rock climber emoji was approved. and the sample image published by Emojipedia was based on DiGiulian’s likeness.