I spent the weekend in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge and it was interesting to hear how quickly news spreads down there. Multiple times throughout the weekend I heard whispers of some blogger climbing 5.12 a young girl climbing a 5.14a and some kid from France repeating a 5.14d. I get home and sure enough the internet tells me the same thing.
At the Gold Coast it was 10-year-old Brook Raboutou making quick work of God’s Own Stone (5.14a) according to this post on the Team ABC website. If there were world records in climbing this would surely set quite a few as she is the youngest female to climb this grade.
On the same day as Raboutou’s send, the French phenom Enzo Oddo was over at the Chocolate Factory where he managed to repeat Jonathan Siegrist’s Pure Imagination (5.14d). Oddo is no stranger to success both at home in Europe as well as here in the U.S. In prior trips to the U.S. he has repeated Just Do It at Smith Rock and climbed several highballs in Bishop.
Not in the Red, but also climbing hard at a young age was 10-year-old Tito Traversa. On the same day as Raboutou and Oddo’s send he was at Tetto di Sarre, Italy doing his first 5.14a called Sarsifal L2. Traversa climbed the 5.13d first section of this route last year before returning this year to link the full line together.
These news items come on the heels of Ashima Shiraishi’s repeat of Crown Of Aragorn and there is no real sign of this trend slowing down any time soon. Brace yourselves…