( “Retired” ) International Paraclimber
I think I may be the worlds most accidental athlete. I got involved with competitive paraclimbing through a beautiful string of random chance. Competition helped me remain excited about health goals when I needed it most and when I began in 2015, paraclimbing needed me too.
Adaptive climbing is just becoming developed and recognized as a competitive sport. I’m grateful I was gifted the amazing opportunities to compete around the world, but now its time for the serious climbers to take over. I’ve been gifted the return to a new sense of normalcy with continuously stable and improving health, so I’m just going to stick to playing around in the gym from here on out.
- Support St. Louis athletes in the 2020 adaptive climbing competitions
- Further establish and expand St. Louis adaptive climbing
Jasmine Raskas started climbing in 2015 with a mission to build muscle. She lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic disorder that effects the integrity of connective tissue. Climbing turned into a life altering therapy that allowed her combat a unique combination of orthopedic and neurological complications. Over the last few years, climbing has helped Jasmine gain the strength and coordination necessary to ditch several braces.
Competitive climbing inspires Jasmine to find balance between perseverance and acceptance of her conditions. In 2016, she was awarded a spot on team USA and traveled to Paris to compete in the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship placing 7th in her division. She’s currently in training for the 2019 USA Adaptive Nationals March 30th at Vertical Adventures in Columbus, Ohio.
As a climber, she strives towards learning to climb better as opposed to harder. She believes there’s an opportunity to discover new technique and form no matter how many times you’ve climbed the same route.
In 2017, Jasmine helped bring the first adaptive climbing clinic to St. Louis. Her goal is to make sure that anyone in Saint Louis who wants to rock climb has access to the necessary support and equipment to do so.
- 2nd place in division, USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals 2019
- 5th place in division, IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship 2018
- 2nd place in division, USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals 2018
- 2nd place in division, USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals 2017
- 7th place in division, IFSC Paraclimbing World Championship 2016
- 3rd place in division, USA Climbing Adaptive Nationals 2016
stljewishlight.com “Climbing out of chronic pain: Artist with rare genetic condition finds healing in her studio and on the climbing wall”
yogogirls.com “ELEVATION INSPIRATION – ADAPTIVE ROCK CLIMBER EXTRAORDINAIRE!”
floatingstl.com “Frequent Floater – Jasmine Raskas”