Mayan Smith-Gobat (NZL)

Full name:
Mayan Smith-Gobat       

Date of Birth: 

Place of birth: 
Christchurch, NZ            


Rock Climber                

Sport / activities (different to your profession): 
Trail running, yoga, flying gliders/sailplanes              

Place of residence: 

Biggest accomplishments: 
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            

Lifetime project: 
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!               

Favourite music/song:
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.”         

Platforms of athlete:

Partnership with adidas since: 
January 2012

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).