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Saudi rock climber Yasmin Gahtani is scaling new heights against gender stereotypes


Yasmin Gahtani is what you would call a “firecracker.” Petite, bold and unapologetically herself. She just sparks inspiration. And as we sit down together for what I expect to be a standard conversation centered around female empowerment and male biases in the sports arena, she already throws me off with an unfiltered honesty that you would only expect from your closest, childhood friend.

Participating in a country, where climbing only became recognized as an official sport in 2018, didn’t stop the ambitious athlete.  As the managing director of the Saudi Climbing and Hiking Federation (SCHF), Gahtani’s role is to develop the sport in all aspects, including recreationally and competitively.

Read the full story at Esquire Middle East