Ashima Shiraishi Climbs Possible 9a+

Ashima Shiraishi has climbed Open Your Mind Direct, a possible 37 (9a+ / 5.15a) in Santa Linya, Spain. Shiraishi, a New Yorker who will turn 14 next month, climbed the route in a mere four days of attempts during her spring break. While the original consensus grade of the route was 9a (5.14d), a broken hold has led some to suggest it could now be as hard as 5.15a. If the grade holds, she could be the first woman to climb a solid 5.15a.

Ashima posted the following on her Instagram account:
OMG!!! I sent my 4 day project Open Your Mind Direct 9a+, in Santa Linya!!!!!! The beginning is a hard boulder problem which leads into a pumpy route. After a hold broke off up high, local climbers said that the route became harder which changed it from 9a to 9a+. I was able to be the first person to send the route after the hold broke off!

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