SASHA DIGIULIAN - Climber
Sasha first began climbing in 1998 at six years of age, since then, she has won the World Championship for Female Overall, placed Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as Bronze in the Duel. Sasha remains undefeated panAmerican Champion 2004 and she is a three-time US National Champion.
Sasha is the first North American woman to climb the grade 9a, 5.14d (recognised as one of the hardest sport climbs achieved by a female) and is the third woman to accomplish this grade worldwide. Additionally, she has accomplished multiple First Ascents and 28 First Female Ascents around the world, including a First Female Ascent on the North Face of the Eiger.
DiGiulian graduated from Columbia University in New York City, having studied Nonfiction Writing and Business. She is on the Board of the Women's Sports Foundation and serves as a Global Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, Up2Us Sports, and the American Alpine Club. She also has served as an Athlete Representative on the board of the International Federation of Sport Climbing.
In August of 2018 DiGiulian became the first woman, and second person, to complete the Canadian Trilogy, comprising Blue Jeans Direct on Mount Yamnuska, War Hammer on Castle Mountain and ’The Shining Linkup’ on Mount Louise.
In her keynote talks, Sasha recounts the challenges and massive breadth of the project and shares with her audience the tools and knowledge she deployed to achieve a monumental goal such as this.
In addition to climbing, DiGiulian is a published writer with publications including National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, SELF, Seventeen, and CRAVE. She has spoken at TEDx and travels globally for public speaking events and clinics.