Is there anything this girl can’t do? Sasha DiGiulian, Virginia native and the current female World Ranking leader in the climbing world, is kicking ass and taking names on the rock like it’s her only job. Which it isn’t. Sasha is also a full-time student at Columbia University in New York, and uses her time off from school to send the hardest climbs across the globe. She could probably teach us all a thing or two about time management.
This time, Sasha and her climbing partner Edu Marin tackled “Viaje de los Locos” (The Madmen’s Journey), a 330-meter seven-pitch climb on the island of Sardinia off the coast of Italy. The two became the second team to ever send the route, and Sasha the only female. The first duo, Dani Andrada and Dani Dulac, made their assent in 2002. Until now, no one had touched the climb since then.
Sasha describes Viaje de los Locos as, “a marathon of difficult climbing, at a sprint pace;” and the hardest set of climbs that she has ever attempted. At first, she and Edu were intimidated: “The fact that this route has gone unrepeated for so long is a testament to how truly difficult it is,” she said. But it’s a good thing they decided to give it one last push on the last day of their trip – just hours before her flight back to New York, Sasha made history. Check it out!