Mayan Smith-Gobat (NZL)
Date of Birth:
Place of birth:
Sport / activities (different to your profession):
Trail running, yoga, flying gliders/sailplanes
Place of residence:
Free climbing the Salathe, 8a+, 1000m, Yosemite
First female ascent of Punks in the Gym, 8b+, Australia (first 8b+ in the world)
Female Speed record on The Nose, El Capitan - 4:43 Hours, 1000m of climbing
First female ascent of L’Arcadimien, 8c, Ceuse
First ascent of Prowess 8b+, Darran Mts, NZ
Latest success or project:
Speed record on the Nose
First free ascent of Solar Fusion 8a+ - a new route on Tsaranoro, Madagascar
Be the best person I can be… Hopefully reach my potential in climbing and life! Live life to its fullest!
Favourite spot / location(s):
Yosemite USA, Darrans NZ, Ceues France… There are too many to choose from!
Depends on my mood
Personal statement / philosophy:
“To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering or sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live and love.”
Partnership with adidas since:
Most stupid thing you ever did!
Forget to stop rappelling at the midway anchor of a two pitch climb… Resulting in me hanging off my hands at the very end of the rope at least 15m above the ground, calmly discussing what to do with my partner (still at the top).