11-Year-Old Girl Shatters Climbing Records

when you compare Brooke to the average climber that's her age there almost is no comparison I'm Brooke gravity I'm 11 years old and I'm a rock climber I started climbing probably about when I could walk she wants to climb the hardest root out there she wants to win the competitions she's able to do crimes that people once thought were impossible when I'm on a high rock I feel I'm in control and just happy I go first Brooke is a climbing phenom she set all these precedents in rock climbing that ten years ago the top elite climbers we're having trouble doing Brooke is one of two female climbers in the world at the young age of 11 to be setting records Brooke was the first nine-year-old to do v10 she was also the first ten-year-old to do B 11 verse 10 year old to climb 540 name and the first 11-year old to climb 514 B you're talking like point zero zero zero one percent of the climbing community that can do these crimes I love climbing because well there's a lot of challenges in climbing I don't know it seems so cool just to be doing move it after moves different holds there's so many different ways that you can climb I want you to watch how I take the hold I'm gonna take it open and then I'm gonna close it and take it open and then close it open in the close-up okay Brooke really has the full package for one she has these incredibly strong fingers if she gets ahold she's gonna hold on to it also she's been able to maintain that almost baby flexibility where she's able to twist and turn into these positions that the average climber is just not able to do Brooke is also unique in the sense that she comes from this long line of champion world cup climbers I started climbing at 18 and I did my first World Cup in 1989 and I went on to win four World Cup titles in a row that pretty much set my path for what I wanted to do as an adult which was to coach and teach young kids how to rock climb it's now she coaches me and my teammates she encourages me a lot she gives me really good advice she's just a big part of my climbing life she's hard on herself so I don't need to be hard on Brooke she's her boss and I'm always there to give her just the tools that she needs to help her progress to the level that she wants to be at sometimes it's hard for my mom to be my coach because I didn't get really frustrated with her come on faster let's go Robyn is an intense person but that's what makes her great and I think that the kids thrive off of that intensity and that desire to succeed really pull hard yes that's progress to be a really good climber you can't just have it you have to train really hard so I'd take it pretty seriously we have kids that are athletic and they've been athletic since you know the day they started to crawl and you can see that they're very coordinated as a family we introduced our kids to climbing at a very young age we started when they were itty bitty we lived in France and we have a climbing gym in our backyard and as soon as they could walk we tied him into a rope when we let him try to climb it's something that's just always been in our lives just like you know the refrigerator and the bathtub we've always had a climbing wall at our home this is my climbing like mini gym that my dad built and it's in my basement of my house my dad was also a really good rock climber he climbed in World Cups too he won a lot of big competitions but he doesn't come much anymore I did all the competition until 92 and after that I kind of slowed down my climbing and find other passions you know I like a lot to move my hands building stuff my dad builds climbing walls and houses too he built a lot of my house and he also built a strength training part above my basement it's just a kind of a European way of gaining finger strength and we like it so yeah thanks I like to look for challenges it keeps me motivated and I don't like doing the same thing all the time we're in Clear Creek and I read I'm gonna climb it's Sonic Youth Brooke just steps way out there from a challenge standpoint and she picks things that are hard for her and hard for anybody and she goes after it because climbing so hard it's almost a masochistic sort of sport if it doesn't make you happy then there's no reason to do it when I want a really high climb and I look out at the view or down I know the views almost always really pretty and fascinating and when I look down I'm not scared because I not scared of heights but it's just so cool to think how small I am compared to the rock and how high am come on Ricky you can do it it's important to always be strong mentally you let it slip for one second especially because of the nature of climbing it can be a dangerous sport if you let that enter into your mind that I can't do this or this is too hard sometimes when I reach a place where I don't think I can go any farther it's always possible to do something I just have to like try it she doesn't go after things that come easy for her she wants to climb the hardest route out there she wants to win the competitions and with that comes failure it's hard as parents to see that happen but it's important for all of us we've all been there where things don't always fall into place and that's what makes us stronger if I don't make a root it's just motivating because I don't want to leave it undone I'm so close and it's just that feeling that I know I can get it she has this persistence to keep going I've been with her outside trying these things well past after it's gone dark and Brooks still there fighting to do the rock climb that tough grinding personality that doesn't give up is really what makes her who she is and it was there when she was itty-bitty and it's still there I'm Brooke gravity hang around and watch the next video

35 thoughts on “11-Year-Old Girl Shatters Climbing Records

  1. anyone that frequents a local climbing gym can tell you that children are incredible climbers and that it comes easy to them. Will she continue climbing when she hits puberty and gains weight without strength and suddenly can't climb routes that used to be easy for her. I've seen quite a few child climbers quit as soon as it gets difficult.

  2. Climbing isnt that hard. The way to success is dont be afraid of heights or falling if you think you fall, you will fall.

  3. Brook is a great climber with heart, she has a great view of climbing. I think that climbing is amazing as long as your having fun. When the brother tossed the gri-gri down like a coal miner tossing his pick down on the ground, it did not look like he was having fun. If you have passion for climbing you may also have a passion for other things. I love the husbands expressions.

  4. Of course these kids are talented they started learning their talents at such young ages and most of their parents are already involved in the sports andcan afford the equipment and lessons

  5. This girl's going to the top, we will hear her name for while. She just made me realize that as much as I would like to think that I'm a good climber I really suck at the sport.

  6. Are you serious. How would they be able to do that anyway. There is a huge difference to fighting and every other sport.

  7. I think climbing competitions should be divided up by weight these days. Kind of like ufc, the weight of the climber (or lack there of) is a huge advantage.

  8. I have taken a lead fall and smashed my head into the rock. Helmet saved me. There are also instances in which a deck, or fall to the ground, was not fatal because of a helmet.

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