At Rodellar in Spain 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou has repeated Welcome to Tijuana. In doing so she has become the youngest climber in the world to master this grade.
The trend, as we stated years ago, is rapidly heading towards ever-younger climbers capable of sending incresingly harder routes. In some respects this tendency must be interpreted as a natural progression of this sport. Evidently this phenomenon is here to stay yet it seemed like only yesterday when word was all about the “new kid on the block”, Chris Sharma who aged 14 had freed Necessary Evil, at the time the hardest climb in North America. And it seems like only yesterday that we wrote “the future belongs to the new generation” in reference to the first 8c of a certain young Czech climber who was a mere 11 years old (no prizes for guessing who). At the time these seemed isolated cases, but then as unstoppable wave of other youngsters surged through sport climbing and included and still include, in no particular order, David Lama, Enzo Oddo and Zhenja Kazbekova to name but three of whom we’ve often talked about in the past.
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