Mayan is well established as the most internationally prolific rock climber from New Zealand, among the best climbers from Australasia (male or female), and within the top women in the world. She is the only Australasian woman to have climbed 33 (8c/5.14b) and is one of three New Zealanders to have ever climbed this grade – no other Kiwi woman has climbed 31 (8a+/5.13d) or above.

Over the last few years Mayan  has been expanding her skills in Yosemite Valley. Where she has made several notable ascents, including a free ascent of the Salathe Wall, on El Capitan and 14 hour team free of Free Rider. Making her the first Kiwi to free climb El Capitan and also the fastest female ascent of this wall. In the past she has also established many first ascents in NZ, including short test pieces, (First ascent of The Giving Tree 32 (8b+/5.14a)), and long alpine routes in the Darren Mountains NZ, (First free ascent of Shadowland, 27, 300m; and a first ascent of the Kiapo Wall, 25, 500m).

Climbing is Mayan’s passion – Her every action is focused on becoming a better and more inspirational climber. One who can climb everything well, from short intense sport climbs, to big, grueling, multi-day epics.

Mayan on the last move of Blood Meridian 8b+, Milford Sound, NZ. Photo: Mayan Smith-Gobat Collection