Chris Sharma’s preternatural climbing ability and visionary first ascents have earned him an enduring reputation as one of the world’s best rock climbers. This American professional athlete, ambassador and entrepreneur from Santa Cruz, California, has been on a global odyssey, now two decades in the making, in search of the planet’s most difficult and beautiful rock climbs. Sharma has dedicated years of his life to discovering and climbing singular, aesthetic and seemingly impossible routes—always with his humble, meditative approach and powerful, dynamic style of movement. Today he continues to climb at the world standard, pushing the limits of what’s possible and always reimagining the direction of his remarkably storied climbing career.

Sharma’s contributions to the sport are numerous; including climbing the first routes rated 5.15a and 5.15b in the world, and establishing the grade of 5.15c. Over the years Sharma has popularized various genres of climbing, from bouldering to sport climbing to “psicobloc” (aka deep-water soloing). Psicobloc involves climbing ropeless up the sea cliffs of the Spanish island of Mallorca with nothing but the ocean to protect you in the event of a fall. His signature route here is Es Pontas, which climbs the underbelly of a magnificent arch in the middle of the ocean.

Sharma has been a leading force in the climbing industry. He is the lead shoe designer at Evolv, and has developed several award-winning models of climbing shoes. He is a founder of the PsicoBloc Masters—the first and only deep-water solo competition in the U.S.

In 2013, Sharma partnered with his sponsor Walltopia and opened his first signature rock-climbing gym: Sender One, in Los Angeles, California. With 25,000 square feet of climbing space, Sender One is the premier indoor-climbing facility in Southern California, and one of the many ways that Sharma, who discovered climbing for himself in a gym, is giving back to the community.

Sharma is partnered with Petzl, prAna, Walltopia, Clif Bar, Momentum, Sender One, Sanuk, Evolv, Sterling Ropes, and The Sharma Fund. For a full list of sponsors and partners click here.


Sharma Defies Gravity with Grace -, 9/27/00

Karma Climber -, 1/19/03

Rock Climber Chris Sharma Chases Next 'King Line', 11/1/07

Chris Sharma Wins First-ever Deep Water Soloing Competition -, 10/26/10

A Visit from Chris Sharma -, 5/28/12

Chris Sharma Talks 9b+ -, 8/1/12

Rock Star - T Magazine,, 9/5/12

Chris Sharma Intrinsic -, 12/3/12

Psicobloc Park City, Utah -, 2013

Chris Sharma Talks La Dura Dura -, 3/26/13

Chris Sharma Repeats La Dura Dura in Spain -, 3/27/13

A Conversation with Rock Climbing Celebrity Chris Sharma, 4/12/13

Chris Sharma, La Dura Dura -, 4/29/13

Meet Famed Climbers Chris Sharma and Dailia Ojeda -, 5/3/13

Natural Born Climber Chris Sharma Interview by Maranda Pleasant -, 7/4/13

Training Secrets from the World's Best Rock Climber -, 7/29/13

Prana Presents Psicobloc -, 7/29/13

Chris Sharma Conquers La Dura Dura -, 8/29/13

Chris Sharma Continually Rises to the Challenge - People Magazine,, 10/19/13

Perfect Play: What it Took to Climb La Dura Dura -, 11/27/13

Chris Sharma Right Words Right Action -, 12/31/13

Chris Sharma Interview -, N/A 

Petzl Team, Chris Sharma -, N/A

Sharma, King of Kings -, N/A

La Dura Dura: Adventure Beyond the Edge with National Geographic

Climb Like Chris Sharma: Rest Day

Key Ascents

  • Realization / Biographie: 5.15a (9a+). First Ascent, July 2001. Heralded as the world's first 5.15a upon completion.
  • Witness the Fitness: V15 (8C). First ascent, March 2005. A 40-foot roof (12 m) problem in the Ozarks. Repeated by Fred Nicole. Daniel Woods made the third ascent on January 5, 2013.
  • Papichulo: 9a+ (5.15a). First ascent. 45m route starting with four- bolt 5.13d to no-hands rest followed by continuous difficult climbing on blue limestone in Oliana, Spain.
  • Es Pontàs. First ascent, September 26, 2007. A deep-water solo in Mallorca, Spain, it features a 7-foot dyno (2.1 m) that took Sharma over 50 attempts to stick. This climb, featured prominently in the movie King Lines at the Internet Movie Database, remains unrepeated, and is speculated at around 9a + (5.15a).
  • Jumbo Love: 5.15b (9b). First Ascent, September 11, 2008. First featured in the film King Lines at the Internet Movie Database as an unfinished line at Clark Mountain, this route is 250 ft long (76 m), and thought to be at least 5.15b. Sharma has called it his hardest ascent to date. In climbing it, he skipped up to three clips in a row due to the difficult sequences, which resulted in falls of 70 ft (21 m) or more. Unrepeated.
  • La Dura Dura: 9b+ (5.15c). First Repeat, March 2013 (Oliana, Spain). Currently the hardest sport route in the world. First Ascent by Adam Ondra.

Visit the Chris Sharma Facebook Page for a full list of key ascents.