The latest episode of the 2024 Polaris Xpedition-centric YouTube series Chasing the Wild just dropped, and it features world-class rock climber Sasha DiGiulian. She’s a legend, having earned a gold at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships in 2011, but her titles go beyond hardware. She was also the first female in the world to climb a grade 9a, 5.14d. While that sounds like something pulled from the back of our router to those of us not in the sport climbing world, rest assured that’s one of the hardest sport climbs out there. For comparison, Yosemite’s El Capitan shakes out at a 5.12d VI. Not to over simplify, but the higher the number, the burlier the climb.