Born at the foot of Aoraki (Mt Cook) New Zealands highest mountain, Mayan Smith-Gobat has a deep understanding and love for remote mountains, feeling most at home when surrounded by the raw power of nature. Quickly processing from alpine climbing to sport climbing and bouldering she soon became one of the strongest climbers in NZ, then began expanding her horizons. Becoming the first woman to climb Punks in the Gym in Australia, and then rediscovering her passion for being up high and shifting her focus to traditional climbing and free climbing on big walls.
Mayan loves pushing her limits and taking free climbing into beautiful, wild and unforgiving places. She is always seeking out the next challenge from Yosemite, to Madagascar, to the Torres del Paine.
1. First female ascent of Punks in the Gym, Arapiles, Australia - the first 8b+ in the world
2. First female ascent of L'Arcadimicien 8c, Ceuse, France
3. Free ascent of the Salathe Wall 5.13b, Yosemite (in a 6 day push)
4. Speed climbing record on The Nose, Yosemite - Female record: 4.43 hours and mixed record: 3.29 hours
5. First female ascent of Riders on the Storm, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, with Ines Papert - managing to free all but 4 pitches of the 1300m sheer face