/ NEWS: FRI NIGHT VID: Brooke Raboutou - 8c Aged 11
It is no surprise that with a climbing pedigree like that Brooke has redpointed the difficult limestone sport route of Welcome To Tijuana (8c) in Rodellar, Spain at the tender age of 11!
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My God, could they be more gushing about her?
As opposed to what - swearing a lot ?
If you're not crying, you're not trying.
And what would everybody think of her parents then ?
I dont think her mum was that pushy. She seemed pretty cool to me and very encouraging.
She should read the Rock Warrior's Way.
Yep. As much as crying for missing a penalty or any other sporting disappointment. The only diffrence for adults is that they have learnt to control or hide or channel their emotions differently. All part of growing up.
seems like a lot of pressure. especially as it wasn't even in a competitive setting like missing a penalty would be
Mind you, with her genetic background, and both parents being professional climbers, I suppose being a professional climber is pretty high on her agenda, so the big numbers are what matters.
Which is a shame really, at 11, she should be just enjoying the whole climbing experience, without the pressure to make headlines.
I think you are reading into this what you chose to read in to it. Enjoying climbing and hating failing on a route are not mutually exclusive. It is absurd to suggest she has an agenda. She looked she was having fun to me.
For a lot of people climbing is about climbing harder and harder stuff.
That's one of the things I love about climbing, it's different things to different people.
> For a lot of people climbing is about climbing harder and harder stuff.
And I can't help thinking looking at the video, that there's an awful lot of comments about 'youngest', 'breaking records', 'best', 'phenomenon' etc etc going on. Also, putting an 11 year old through that kind of training intensity, could well cause problems in later life regarding tendons, ligaments etc.
No criticism intended, just an observation and an opinion.
8c ha, what's she ever done on Grit?
Hope she really enjoys it..hope her tendons are ok
I wonder how her elder brother's getting on.
She looked pretty settled when she was going back up it. And if you care about something then its always going to suck if you don't succeed. And for kids "things sucking" can often involve tears. Better to care about something than to just not give a shit...
As for the "youngest" and whatever, I got the feeling it was a generic video rather than aimed at a climbing audience (the "check out the others in the series" bit and so on) and so I'm not surprised because its probably the easiest way to explain quite how good she is to a non climbing audience.
Ondra is a lot taller then me ( i'm 5ft 8in in bare feet ) and he is not as skinny as he looks on vids in real life. Quite large for an 11 yr old.
Having just put up what he says is his hardest route yet ( in the world ?) i would suggest he is still improving.
How do you mean belaying would come into play on multi pitch trad routes and what do you mean by he has patient belayers ?
This is the same Ondra who has ground up bolted 9a Czech sandstone routes btw, same ethics as yourself i believe.
Can't remember the name of the climb but it was called little big walling in one of my climbing DVDs when Caff and a few others have a play at it.
Exactly. I just get a bit fed up of his attitude shooting down what he seems to see as inferior sport climbers.
I think all that is happening is that the boundaries of climbing are being pushed by the 1st generation who have climbed and trained from a young age. The same happened in tennis, golf, swimming etc.
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