Female rock climber in Iran reaches new heights

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Female rock climber in Iran reaches new heights
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, scales a climbing gym in the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, center, approaches cliffs in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iranian female rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, scales a natural cliff in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, top left, scales a wall in a rock climbing gym as her mother and her friend support her, in the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, warms up in a gym ahead of rock climbing training session in the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, iwho has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, works out in a gym ahead of rock climbing training session in the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, right, prepares to start training in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, Iranian female rock climber, scales a natural cliff in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
In this Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 photo, Iranian rock climber, Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, scales a natural cliff in a mountainous area outside the city of Zanjan, some 330 kilometers (207 miles) west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Esmaeilzadeh, 27, who has been climbing since she was 13, has distinguished herself in international competitions despite the barriers she faces as a female athlete in conservative Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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It is incredibly difficult to be a female athlete in Iran where it is traditionally looked down upon. But Farnaz Esmaeilzadeh, is breaking the traditional mold and has been rock climbing since the age of 13.

Now at 27, Esmaeilzadeh has become a distinguished athlete, competing overseas in two world cups.

Take a look at the photos above to witness Esmaeilzadeh's impressive skills.

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