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Ashima Shiraishi Sends V15, Sets New Standard

Ashima Shiraishi has become the first female to climb V15.

Shiraishi is 14 years old and has been setting standards for the past few years. She broke the news on her Instagram that she sent Horizon V15 in Hiei, Japan. The route was first climbed by Dai Koyamada.

With the send, she becomes the youngest person and first female to climb the grade. Photographer Brett Lowell was there to capture the action.

So proud of this girl. @ashimashiraishi and I have been working together since she was 8 years old and even back then it was obvious that if she stuck with this climbing thing she would change the game, well it's happening. Today she got the 2nd ascent of bouldering legend @dai_koyamada problem Horizon in mt. Hiei Japan. This makes her the first female and youngest person to send V15. After a rough day yesterday, she got on today looking fierce focused and strong. 3rd day on with spring time seeping wet holds she made history today. You will be blown away when you see this footage in the upcoming #reelrock11 Feeling fortunate to have witnessed and documented this great accomplishment @reelrock @bigupclimbing @thenorthface @evolvusa @clifbarcompany @liteprogear @coreyrichproductions photo: @brettlowell

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