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TAKE THE LEAD: HANGING ON, LETTING GO, AND CONQUERING LIFE'S HARDEST CLIMBS Sasha DiGiulian 2023 1st edition New hardcover Multiple copies available
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NY, 2023, 1st edition. 274 pp, color photos. New hardcover with dust jacket.

Often touted as one of the best free climbers in the world today, Sasha DiGiulian has made more than 30 first female ascents, and eight significant first ascents.

Sasha was inspired by Lynn Hill, and started climbing at age seven and by 18 became the third woman, after Spain's Josune Bereziartu and Charlotte Durif of France, to ascend a 9a (5.14d) route in Kentucky's Red River Gorge.

"First ascents and first female ascents are historical benchmarks in our sport," she says. "Both should be highlighted. Clearly, if women can do more first ascents this is ideal."

DiGiulian has done just that, travelling the world to pick off big climbs, including the first female ascent of Magic Mushroom on the North Face of Switzerland's Eiger in 2015, and the first ever ascent of The Misty Wall in Yosemite (5.13, was VI, 5.9, A4) in 2017.

World champion climber Sasha DiGiulian tells her story― from coming of age under the scrutiny of social media, navigating a male-dominated sport, and tackling her most heart-stopping climbs ― and shares the power of perseverance and positivity.

At age six, Sasha DiGiulian stepped into a climbing gym for the first time and was competing within a year. Decked out in all-pink gear and with her blonde hair tied into pigtails, Sasha knew from an early age what it was like to be a girl in a traditionally male-dominated sport, vowing to never sacrifice her femininity to fit in. With a fierce love for the climb and incredible natural talent, Sasha soon won her first National Sport Climbing Championship at only seventeen, and a year later took the title of World Champion.

To her fans, it looked like Sasha was on top of the world. But under the accolades, she was just another young woman learning how to handle the intense scrutiny of social media and dealing with body dysmorphia, all while quietly facing a potentially career-ending injury. In a relatable and inspiring voice, Take the Lead reflects on the highs and lows of Sasha’s illustrious life and career for the first time, bringing readers on her remarkable journey from novice climber to Columbia University graduate, adventurer, environmentalist, and entrepreneur, and one of the most recognizable faces in climbing.

Take the Lead ultimately emphasizes the power of perseverance, fearlessness and positivity in tackling some of the most daunting and fearsome climbs ― on and off the wall.















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