I do not enjoy the outdoors. I do not enjoy hiking, or biking, or camping. The only time I exercise outside is when I force myself to run outside instead of driving to the gym to do it on the treadmill. In fact, the only outdoor events I like include a patio and a bottomless mimosa. So I have no idea why Sasha DiGiulian, a Kappa Alpha Theta from Columbia University, actually chooses to climb mountains. But I’m still impressed beyond impressed that she does, particularly after Saturday, when she became the first American and the first woman to free-climb The North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland.
I've never tried harder on anything in my life. I am wrecked and can't believe it's real. 4 days 3 nights and the dream is complete! We did it! #EigerDreams ・・・ Proud of these two @sashadigiulian @carlodenali for summiting today. I've never seen two people work so hard and put so much into a climb. Great job guys!!! and congrats to Sasha for being the first woman to free climb a route on the Eiger North Face! @adidasoutdoor
Sasha, a professional rock climber, free climbed (which means that while she had ropes to protect her from falling, they did not assist in the climb) Magic Mushroom, one of the most difficult routes on the trail. It took Sarah and her partner, Carlo Traversi, 27, four days and three nights to 13,020-foot mountain in snow and ice conditions.
On top of being a third year student at Columbia, Sasha is a three-time US National Champion and 2011 Overall World Champion in sport climbing. Of her latest achievement, Sasha said in a a statement to adidasOutdoor: “This has been a long journey, made longer by Mother Nature, and we have had to stay strong, positive and open minded. Free climbing on the Eiger, and standing atop one of the most recognized routes on this iconic peak is an incredible feeling, and one I am grateful to have achieved.”