Rebecca Kinghorn (14) climbs Daniboy 8a

by Scott K Oct/2013
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14 year old GB junior climbing team member Rebecca Kinghorn has recently returned from a very successful trip to Kalymnos where she red pointed Daniboy 8a. This is Rebecca's first 8a and is generally regarded as a testing 8a and unlikely to be down graded. It marked the end of a great holiday where she also managed a quick ascent of Priapos 7c. Rebecca is the youngest Scottish female to climb this grade.

Rebecca cutting loose going through the roof on Daniboy, 176 kb
Rebecca cutting loose going through the roof on Daniboy
© John Donaldson/Scott Kinghorn

Rebecca worked the route over 2 days, managing 3 attempts per day as her fingers were getting trashed. She then took a day off and returned the following day. The first attempt was going well until she missed the crux move. She got back on and climbed to the top. she was looking very fresh and said that she hadnt been pumped at all-a good sign. She then rested and had another go but came off lower down. Still feeling fresh, she decided to rest and try again.

On the third attempt the rest of our group had gone and there were only 5 Swedish guys and a couple of German girls at the sector. Rebecca climbed through the roof easily and then powered through the crux, she clipped and had a shake and then climbed easily to the top. There were cheers and congratulations from the other climbers and her smile looked like it was going to last a while!!
Being quite small, Rebecca had to work out a slightly different sequence on the route. She is too small to get the knee bars and the crux move is too far. She found a tiny crimp out to the right which allowed her to then bump through for the good pocket.

Rebecca lowering off Priapus, 56 kb
Rebecca lowering off Priapus
© John Donaldson/Scott Kinghorn

Due to commitments with the GB junior climbing team, training and where she is based, this was Rebecca's first outdoor climbing this year.

Rebecca is sponsored by: Beta Climbing Designs, The Marcliffe at Pitfodels and the Robertson Trust.

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