Sasha DiGiulian is currently on top of her game and is widely recognized as the top female climber in North America. She comes to VIMFF for a rare stage appearance, giving the audience insight into her latest adventures, including the first female ascent of Alex Huber's bold 10 pitch, Bellavista (5.14b) on Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites.
DiGiulian started her climbing career at age 7 and began competing at age 9. At age 11 she climbed her first 5.13 and just before graduating from high school, she redpointed Southern Smoke (5.14c) and Lucifer (5.14c) in the Red River Gorge, Kentucky, firmly cementing her reputation as the top female sport climber in North America.
After leaving high school, DiGiulian took a gap year to travel and rock climb, concentrating on international competition and outdoor climbing. She returned to the Red River Gorge in October 2011 where she redpointed Pure Imagination, a route considered 5.14d at the time but subsequently downgraded after Adam Ondra's onsight in November 2012. On April 25, 2012 she became the first American female, and third woman of all time (after Spain’s Josune Bereziartu and Charlotte Durif of France), to climb 9a (5.14d) by sending Era Vella in Margalef. She is still the only North American woman to climb the grade.
DiGiulian is currently a full-time student of business and marketing at Columbia University as well as an athlete representative on the board of the International Federation of Sport Climbing.