Top Ten Female Rock Climbers of 2015

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Women have been doing amazing things in sports for as long as they've been allowed to play - and in many cases even before. Rock climbing is no different. From Lynn Hill beating the boys up The Nose in Yosemite to Ashima Shiraish, a 14 year old, climbing some of the hardest problems and route in the world, women are making their mark in the sport of climbing.

This is a list of the best female rock climbers in the world in 2015. This means that regardless of the time of their individual peaks in climbing, they must currently be climbing in 2015.

The Top TenXW

1Ashima Shiraishi

This 14 year old has broken records for hard climbing by such a young adult. She has climbed to within a short reach of the hardest climbs ever put up in the world and has defied the odds by excelling in multiple disciplines of climbing. - Finch

She is amazing and really inspiring for me and everyone out there.

Potential still not in full bloom yet. Born to climb.

My big inspiration. She is so graceful, and and strong just so amazing

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2Sasha Digiulian

"Met with and spoke to Sasha in a Writing class at Columbia in 2016. She has more than drive and passion--she has emotional and physical fortitude to withstand life's tragedies and disappointments. She is THE top choice."

This 23 year old phenom has set records for her climbing ability. Being the first woman to climb 5.14d (twice) and winning multiple awards hasn't dampened her drive to become, or remain, the best female rock climber of all time. - Finch

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3Lynn Hill

While she might not be climbing the hardest climbs of today, she still has notable ascents under her belt. Her history of heightening the bar for climbers, not just women, puts her squarely at the top of this list.
She has both a college education and a background in gymnastics yet still is often touted as one of the best climbers in the world, and in history. - Finch

Lynn Hill is both an amazing climber, and an amazing friend. I admire her undeniable dedication and courage.

4Daila Ojeda

Once famed by being the love interest of Climbing star Chris Sharma, Daila has made her own name and stepped out from the shadows. She is both a brand ambassador for multiple climbing and clothing companies, and an accomplished climber. Her ascents of some of the hardest routes in the world set her apart from almost every other climber. - Finch

5Alex Puccio

As a 9 time National Champion, Alex inspires thousands of women with her immense strength and dedication to her sport. She is incredible and will go down as one of the greats!

Alex specializes in bouldering and regularly competes in competitions all over the world. Between making the cover of magazines for her dedication to fitness as well as her climbing accomplishments, Alex has become an inspiration to both men and women in the climbing world. - Finch

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6Lisa Rands

Known for her bouldering prowess, Lisa began as an aid climber, then switched to a sport climber before finding her true climbing passion. She has climbed some of the hardest routes in the world and bouldered at the top of the sport. - Finch

7Steph Davis

An incredible rock climber, BASE jumper, and wingsuit flyer, Steph has climbed some of the hardest trad and sport climbs in the world. She also spends her time talking to women and kids and serving as an inspiration to everyone. - Finch

8Beth Rodden
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10Jacinda Hunter

A mother, nurse, and hard climber all in one. Jacinda boulders V11 and redpoints 5.14b - feats by themselves that defy most climbers. - Finch

The Contenders

11Brooke Raboutou

The fact that brooke raboutou is so young but can still climb all of the rocks (if not more) that the people on this list can climb makes her amazing.

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12Shauna Coxsey

I've seen Shauna training at my local centre and she's on another planet and the awards she's won says it all really!

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13Brittany Griffith

A master of all disciplines, Brittany can not only "hang" with the boys, but she frequently climbs right past them. Known for her desert traditional climbing skills, she is sponsored by multiple companies and regularly puts up first ascents. - Finch

14Megan Mascarenas

Saw her climbing while growing up as a kid! She's amazing!

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15Janja Garnbret

She makes it look so easy I think I can do it too...

16Nina Williams
17Margo Hayes
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