Sasha DiGiulian has an impressive climbing resume. She started her career at age seven and began competing at nine. Before she even graduated high school, she had muscled her petite, 97-pound body to the top of some of the most grueling sport climbs in the American Southeast. She redpointed the classic routes Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Lucifer (5.14c) at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky like they ain’t no thang.
As a full-time student at Columbia University, the 21-year-old is still pushing her climbing to new heights. She recently traveled to South Africa to climb at Waterval Boven, one of Africa’s premier crags. This video captures the grit of the young climber as she establishes a beautiful new route she named Rolihlahla in honor South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.