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At age 15 she’s already the world’s strongest female rock climber and on track to redefine the sport. A New York City resident, Ashima started climbing at age six on the boulders in Central Park and quickly became a phenom. She was the first woman to ever climb 5.15a, and this year she became the first woman and youngest person to climb V15. First featured in Obe and Ashima on REEL ROCK 6, Ashima has returned to REEL ROCK 11 to show us what state of the art climbing looks like.
Kai Lightner is simply a crusher. Ever since he walked into his local climbing gym in Fayetteville, NC, he has dominated the youth climbing competition circuit. He then blew everybody’s mind when he went on to win the adult title as a 15-year-old. Kai has few equals when climbing indoors, but he has to push his comfort levels to excel in the outdoor arena. REEL ROCK follows Kai as he aims to step up his game climbing on real rock in Norway’s Flatanger cave.
After dominating the competition scene in one of the flattest states, Florida, Matt moved on to push his game in Boulder, CO. Since then, he’s been searching out difficult and dangerous routes with only minimal gear to protect him. His quest led him inspired him to the Bugaboos to attempt the audacious first free ascent the Tom Egan Memorial Route with Will Stanhope. First featured in First Ascent and REEL ROCK 5, Matt is back this year to show us what some good old determination and masochism.
Canadian Will Stanhope is a maestro of ridiculously hard cracks. Hitchhiking as a teenager from his home in Vancouver to the splitter granite of Squamish, Will caught the climbing bug while adventuring around the base of the Stawamus Chief with his friends. Will has since made his mark by putting up impressive first ascents around the world, from Yosemite to Patagonia, as well as soloing difficult routes such as the Zombie Roof in Squamish and the ultra-classic Separate Reality in Yosemite.
Growing up on the shores of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada, Brette was an avid freeskier, where she developed a love for alpine conditions before she found climbing. Always eager to push herself and take on new challenges, Brette moved to British Columbia where she focused on developing her trad climbing skills in Squamish. This year, Brette caught the world’s attention by free soloing Chiaro di Luna in Patagonia, becoming the first woman to solo a tower in the Fitz Roy Range. A spirited hardwoman who doesn’t take herself too seriously, Brette is a true inspiration to climbers of all disciplines.Brette Harrington
Explorer Mike Libecki is best known for solo expeditions to the world’s most remote places. Having completed solo first ascents on all 7 continents, Mike now has a new travel partner: his daughter Lilliana. Mike’s dedication to parenting, along with his zany catchphrases and zeal for exploration, is universally inspiring.
Belgian adventure climber Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll loves nothing more than a good sufferfest. Continually ferreting out first free ascents in remote corners of the world, Sean can be found on big walls jamming out in ridiculously miserable conditions with his tin whistle.
Nico is a master of all the subdisciplines of climbing; he’s known for climbing some of the most physically difficult sport routes and being a mad explorer of polar regions and master crack climber. The Belgian’s infectious passion and nomadic lifestyle have taken him all over the world and gained him numerous first ascents.
Skipper of the 30-foot sloop the Dodo’s Delight, Captain Reverend Bob Shepton has made his ship a floating base camp for vertical sailing adventures. Captain Bob’s trusty guidance has led to multiple first ascents of unclimbed big walls in Baffin Island and Greenland. Bob is an adventurer in his own right, having completed the unique feat of sailing the Delight through Arctic conditions in the Northwest Passage in both directions.
Remember the name Marc-Andre Leclerc because it’s one you’ll be hearing a lot in the future. The Canadian climber’s cool-under-fire demeanor and intense dedication are leading him on a mission to solo some of the most impressive rock and alpine routes ever done. His love of technical alpine routes has taken him to some of the most rugged terrain in the world, and he’s bold enough to prefer the harsh conditions of winter ascents.