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12 Year Old Girl Climbs F8a+/b

Zhenja Kazbekova - F8a+/b at 12 years old, 80 kb
Zhenja Kazbekova - F8a+/b at 12 years old
© Anna Piunova
Yesterday Ukranian climber Zhenja Kazbekova redpointed New Kenigsberg (F8a+/8b) at Red Stone, Crimea. Zhenja is 12 years old.

Talking to UKClimbing.com, Russian climbing journalist and photographer Anna Piunova explained how the young girl had progressed to such high grades at an early age:

"Zhenja (Jack in English) is the daughter of the very strong Ukranian climbers Natalia Perlova and Serik Kazbekov, who have been active competition climbers themselves until just a few years ago.

They introduced Zhenja to their local crags at 7 months old and she started climbing regularly aged 5, combining both climbing and gymnastics, then when she turned 8 she started concentrating purely on climbing."

Zhenja climbed her first F8a last year aged 11 with an ascent of Vremja Ch (pictured below).

Zhenja Kazbekova climbing her first F8a aged 11 - Vremja Ch, 154 kb
Zhenja Kazbekova climbing her first F8a aged 11 - Vremja Ch
© Anna Piunova
Another view of Zhenja Kazbekova climbing  Vremja Ch, 100 kb
Another view of Zhenja Kazbekova climbing Vremja Ch
© Anna Piunova
Zhenja Kazbekova on the classic F7c+, Catapult, 111 kb
Zhenja Kazbekova on the classic F7c+, Catapult
© Anna Piunova
Zhenja Kazbekova catapulted from the classic F7c+ - Catapult!, 110 kb
Zhenja Kazbekova catapulted from the classic F7c+ - Catapult!
© Anna Piunova

Thanks go to Anna Piunova of Mountain.Ru for these photographs and help with this report.

You can read a full interview (in Russian) with the Kazbekov family here: Mountain.ru Article



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