The Swarm, Ashima Shiraishi sends another V14

Ashima Shiraishi has sent The Swarm, a bouldering test-piece located in Bishop, California. This is the second V14 for the American, who at age 13 is raising the bar of climbing performance by the day.

Ashima Shiraishi on The Swarm

Ashima Shiraishi on The Swarm. Pic by Rob Mulligan, from Shiraishi’s Instagram.

Last July Shiraishi climbed her first V14 (Golden Shadow, in Rocklands), becoming the second woman ever to do so (after Tomoko Ogawa). After bagging the first female ascent of The Swarm (her “goal for 2015“) she becomes the second woman ever to climb two V14 problems (after Alex Puccio, who last year climbed Jade and Wheel of Chaos).

The Swarm is one of the most iconic problems in Bishop. It’s crimpy, overhanging and has some really cool-looking dynamic moves. It would be really interesting to study Shiraishi’s beta, as she’s probably too short to use the “grown-up” sequence.

The list of celebrities who have climbed The Swarm is long: Daniel Woods, Dave Graham, Nalle Hukkataival, Fred Nicole… here’s Paul Robinson sending it:

By the way, there’s another woman with her sights on The Swarm. Alex Johnson has been working on it and she plans to be back in Bishop in a few days. So stay tuned, we may see another female ascent soon.

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