DB 397: Sasha DiGiulian: Breaking Barriers in Climbing and Championing Women in Sports

Sasha DiGiulian

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Let’s kick off Women’s History Month on the Dream Big Podcast with an exciting interview featuring Eva Karpman as she sits down with the remarkable, world-renowned climbing champion, Sasha DiGiulian, whose journey in climbing began at the tender age of 6 in 1998.


Discover how Sasha ascended from a young climbing enthusiast to a world-renowned champion, becoming the first North American woman to conquer the formidable grade 9a (5.14d) and marking her name in the history of sport climbing. With numerous World Championship titles, including Female Overall Champion, Silver in the Bouldering World Championships, Bronze in the Duel, and being the undefeated PanAmerican Champion from 2004 to the present, Sasha’s story is one of determination, resilience, and groundbreaking achievements.

In this episode, Eva delves deep into Sasha’s mindset, exploring the mental and physical preparation required to tackle some of the world’s most challenging climbs. Sasha opens up about her journey, sharing insights into:

  • Her early love for climbing and the realization that she could turn her passion into a professional career.
  • The experience of being a pioneering female in a predominantly male sport.
  • Overcoming adversity, including how she continued to train and excel even after suffering a fractured leg.
  • The motivation behind her most challenging climbs and how she pushes through barriers.
  • Dealing with cyberbullying and offering advice to young dreamers facing similar challenges.
  • An introduction to the Tread Wall, and how it simulates climbing for training purposes.
  • Heartfelt advice to her 10-year-old self and the dreams she continues to chase for the future.

Sasha’s journey is not just about climbing; it’s a testament to the power of dreams, perseverance, and breaking through barriers. Whether you’re a seasoned climber, a young dreamer, or someone looking for inspiration to overcome obstacles, this episode is for you. Tune in to learn, be inspired, and perhaps, start dreaming big yourself.

Available now on Amazon Music, iTunes, this episode is a must-listen for anyone ready to be motivated by Sasha DiGiulian’s incredible story and invaluable insights. Don’t miss out on the chance to be inspired by one of climbing’s most influential figures. Subscribe and listen to the Dream Big Podcast today, and let Sasha’s journey inspire you to reach new heights in your own life.


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DB 244: How To Deal With Rejection (Mentor Magic: Jamie Kern Lima)

DB 247: When Something Goes Terribly Wrong, Do THIS!  

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