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Sasha DiGiulian - Professional rock climber. Following her passions, pushing her limits

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Sasha DiGiulian began climbing in 1998 at 6 years old. She won the World Championships for Female Overall, a Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel.

Sasha was also the undefeated pan-American Champion for over a decade. Outdoors, Sasha is the first North American woman to climb the grade 9a, 5.14d. Additionally, she has on-sighted multiple 8b+’s, 5.14a’s, ascended groundbreaking, multi-pitch routes of over 1500 feet of 8c climbing, and accomplished multiple First Ascents and over 30 First Female Ascents around the World.

Sasha is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City where she studied Non-fiction Writing and Business.

She is on the Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, Up2Us Sports, Access Fund, and American Alpine Club. She is the founder of SEND Bars and Female Focused Adventures, and is a co-founder of RoamTV.

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Show notes

  • Being based in Boulder, Colorado

  • Growing up in the Washing DC Area

  • Her early years

  • Being sporty from a young age

  • Getting into climbing at 6 years old

  • Discovering climbing as a competitive sport

  • Winning her first competition

  • Falling in love with the sport

  • Being supported by her mum

  • Dealing with the pressure of performing and needing to be perfect

  • Train so hard that even on a bad day you can still succeed

  • Dealing with pressure as a professional athlete

  • Using the pressure to her advantage

  • Building her own brand

  • Deciding to go to college

  • Spending weekends in NYC training

  • Making the transition from climbing indoors to big walls outside

  • Feeling more motivated when climbing outside

  • In 2012 - doing her first big wall expedition in the Dolomites

  • The lessons learned from big wall expeditions

  • Type 2 fun!!

  • Her next chapter in climbing

  • How does it work with expedition planning

  • Building out the team

  • Logistic - getting to the location, base camp, food, equipment etc

  • Launching a nutrition bar company - SEND Bars

  • The importance of fuelling her body especially being celiac (gluten free)

  • Planning the route from the ground

  • How to connect with Sasha

  • Read Sasha’s blog posts

  • Working on a secret plan for 2023

  • Words of advice to inspire you to step outside your comfort zone

  • Being committed to what makes you passionate


Social Media

Instagram @sashadigiulian


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