This week's Friday nighter is a great video of young American climber Brooke Raboutou. Brooke is the daughter of Didier Raboutou and Robyn Erbesfield - two champion climbers from the early 1990's.
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!
In this video we see Brooke in action on the rock, in the family home, and we meet her parents.
Here's the video portrait of Brooke:
"11-year-old Brooke Raboutou is a rock climbing phenom who regularly breaks world records on elite bouldering and sport climbs once thought impossible for someone her age. With two former world champion climbers for parents and coaches, Brooke's pedigree is unmatched. Now she has set her sights on pushing both herself and the climbing world to even greater heights."
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... biscuit - 06 Feb 2013
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... biscuit - 05 Feb 2013
Well single pitch sport routes are ideal for the likes of this age group,and maybe early teens. Its pretty obvious that gymnastic abilty and lighness will prevail on this type of climbing,much more so than multi pitch... USBRIT - 03 Feb 2013
It's crazy stuff but isn't it a little misleading to say that she's the youngest person to have climbed 8c? Ashima Shiraishi is the same age and sent two 8c+'s last October... she didn't even bother with 8c, she went... Styx - 03 Feb 2013
+1 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... AJM - 03 Feb 2013
Seems to me that crying at 11 because you don't get your own way is not that odd. There is something about it all that makes me feel uncomfortable but that says at least as much about me. 8c ha, what's she ever done... puppythedog - 02 Feb 2013