Mayan Smith Gobat

Professional Climber 

Mayan's passion for climbing and the mountains runs deep. Born at the foot of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mayan's early childhood was spent living in the outdoors and ridding horses compeditively. "At age 16, I was unable to ignore the lure of the mountains and began alpine climbing, which soon developed into a fascination with rock climbing and skiing," says Mayan. After an extreme skiing accident left Mayan with a broken jaw and two broken feet, she turned her boundless energy toward climbing exclusively.

Mayan quickly became one of the best climbers in New Zealand, winning competitions, doing a multitude of first female ascents and establishing new routes. In 2006 she competed in the world cup circuit in Europe - A valuable experience, yet it made her realize that her true passion was for climbing on rock, seeking her own challenges and inspiring lines. Since this transition, Mayan has spent over ten years climbing full time, pushing the boundaries of her climbing in many different facets, from becoming the first Australasian woman to climb 5.14b to free climbing the 3,000m Salathe Wall 5.13b on El Capitan. She is the most internationally prolific rock climber from New Zealand and one of the strongest female climbers in the world. Mayan loves climbing in every form, Gnarly Whey helps keep her going...

Age: 33

Years doing what you do: 13

Hometown: My Van

Favorite product: Climbing Salve

Please list your top three career highlights:

- Free Climbing the Salathe Wall 5.13b, El Capitan.

- First female ascent of Punks in the Gym 5.14a (the first 5.14 in the world).

- Female Speed record on the Nose and first female linkup of El Cap and Half Dome.

- First female ascent of L'Aracadimicien 5.14b, at Ceuse.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go

and why? That depends at what time of year... There are many places I want to go!

If you had a yacht what would you name it? No idea

What is your favorite movie quote? I don't ever remember any quotes from movies...

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? A roasted Huhu grub (NZ caterpillar type thing that lives in dead wood) - A Maori (native New Zealander's) speciality.

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