This photo of Boulder's Sasha DiGiulian climbing Kentucky's Red River Gorge served as the model for the new climbing emoji, which will be released later this year.  Sasha, a professional climber, also advised on proper body posture for the image.

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A rock climber will be added this year to the official list of emojis - those little pictures you can use instead of words in your texts and emails.   It was added thanks to the efforts of professional climber Sasha DiGiulian of Boulder, who lobbied for the emoji, consulted with the designer at emojipedia, and served as its model.

DiGiulian spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about her inspiration and the process of getting an emoji approved.  

Read Sasha's column for Outside Online "Introducing the First Climbing Emoji"

Professional climber Sasha DiGiulian of Boulder is a three-time US National Champion and has won the World Championships for Female Overall.

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