Sasha DiGiulian approaches life in the same way she approaches climbing. For her to get the most out of it, she’s got to get out of her comfort zone. She aims higher and higher with each challenge and pushes limits further and further.
There’s no standing still for Sasha. Once one task is complete, she’s moving on to the next one. From one challenge to another, whether on the wall or off it, Sasha is always out to discover what’s next.
"Every day, I’m thinking about what I’m going to do next. What is it I want to leave the sport within 15 years and feel I accomplished?" she says.
As athletes, and as humans, we want to leave a legacy and make a difference. A large part of that, I believe, is listening to your heart and figuring out what is it that you want to accomplish.
Sasha’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge and exploration has given her a clear view on life. Something she takes into her personal and professional development. "The ultimate lesson that I’m learning is that there’s something really powerful in what you believe in. If you want to do something, then listen to that passion. That really strong inner voice can be your guide to creating your future."
Sasha credits her sport for turning her from a shy six-year-old to the person she is today.
"Climbing has given me an incredible amount of self-confidence, I’ve really learned a lot about myself. It’s taught me how to set goals as well as how to achieve them, how to work hard, and how to build a community of like-minded people."
"A large part of what goes into climbing is the camaraderie and the bonds you create. You have to commit to the climb, and to each other. This community has been really special to me, I would never have been able to connect with so many people in different locations had it not been for climbing."
It is the meeting of this community and Sasha’s pure ambition which has taken her on climbs across continents including the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, where she became the first American woman to climb the grade 5.14d, and Switzerland where she climbed the Magic Mushroom route on the North Face of the Eiger.
"The Eiger was a whole new adventure for me, a great learning experience. I learned what bad weather really means! I also learned about when to push your limits and how to deal with fear."
"When fear is rational, it means there’s risk involved - you have to calculate and assess the risk and move forward accordingly. Irrational fear applies to all aspects of our lives, whether it’s public speaking to being on a roped climb and being scared of falling."
With some of the world’s greatest climbs already under her belt and a degree from Columbia University to her name, it is clear there isn’t much fear on Sasha’s radar as she plans her next challenge.
"I’m taking my technical skills and applying them to bigger adventures. You have to have the tubular focus to dedicate yourself and commit those hours to getting the task done."
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