AYESHA KHAN

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Resides: Leeds, UK
Years Climbing: 14
 
‘The Big Beat Manifesto goes: Big beats are the best, [climb hard] all the time.’ 🤟
- Adapted Peep Show Quote

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Ashes 7c+, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire
  • Dominatrix 7c, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire
  • Comedy 7c, Kilnsey, North Yorkshire
  • Celebration 7c, Chee Dale, Peak District
  • Caroline 7c+, Roadside, Rocklands
  • Stinger Low, 7c+ Squamish, British Columbia
  • Worm World Cave 7c, Squamish, Canada
  • Tatonka 7c, Squamish, British Columbia
  • Underhand Extension 7c, Almscliffe, West Yorkshire
  • An Amal Roof, 7c, Sassies, Rocklands
  • Sesame Street 7c, Squamish, British Columbia

  • Sprung 7c, Bowden Doors, Northumberland
  • World Line 7b, Queens Crag, Northumberland

Ayesha grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia where she competed on the Youth Canadian National team for several years. Having had the incredible privilege of experiencing outdoor bouldering for the first time on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Ayesha soon sacked off competition climbing for grovelling up difficult, low hanging rocks.

Today she resides in Leeds, UK and is still primarily a boulderer; frequenting Yorkshire grit crags such as Almscliffe and Caley. When she’s not out climbing or working she can be found at home studying software development. By trade, Ayesha is a route setter, coach, and assistant manager at City Bloc in Leeds. Her preferred bouldering style is steep and powerful sustained climbing.

Ayesha is currently training with Precision’s Ellie Glennie to achieve her goals and train productively around a busy schedule.

 

“I used to define my goals around grades, but these days I’m focused on progress. If I can get up a climb that is really hard for me, and tests me both physically and mentally, then I’m psyched. I haven't always thought this way, but these days I’m happier getting up a sketchy 7a slab than I am about sending a 7c that suits me perfectly. Combining training with adult life has forced me to enjoy climbing in whatever capacity I am able to that week. Taking a step back has actually been huge for my training, and I’ve seen more gains this year than I have previously by just focusing on having fun and trying hard.”

 

Ayesha is committed to creating a more inclusive environment for climbers from marginalised communities to enjoy the outdoors.

 

“Climbing has brought me endless joy and many of my closest friends and loved ones. It has taught me how to be resilient, given me an incredible work ethic and a sense of self efficacy that no school or institution can offer. So many young (and old) people from marginalised communities are excluded from these incredible experiences, and this is something we should all be committed to improving.”

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