Sasha DiGiulian with Sports Illustrated 

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Eiger Dreams

Sasha DiGiulian certainly isn’t taking it easy on her summer break. The Columbia University student is in the midst of her Eiger Dreams project in Switzerland where she’s attempting to be the first female and third person to ascend La Paciencia, the toughest route (5.13b) on the Eiger’s North Face. DiGiulian won a world title in 2011 but at 22, has excelled outdoors. “I’ve had this competition success,” she told “(But) now I can do bigger pursuits outside. This is the hardest route up the Eiger, a 23-pitch climb.”

DiGiulian’s progress up Paciencia has been hampered by bad weather. Her and climbing partner Carlo Traversi have had to wait out a series of storms. They’re back up on the mountain now and you can follow their web series on the project here:

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