11-year-old girl shatters rock-climbing records

Nadine Kalinauskas
Good News

A young girl from Colorado has become a rock-climbing phenom, breaking world records in the sport regularly.

"Not that any of this is a surprise," Gabe Zaldivar of Bleacher Report wrote of 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou. "The little girl is the daughter of former world champion climbers, Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou and Didier Raboutou."

Still, the young climber is talented in her own right, conquering difficult routes that were noce thought impossible for someone her age.

"If I don't make a route, it's just motivating because I don't want to leave it undone," Brooke said.

This summer, Brooke became the youngest person to complete a climb with a difficulty grade of 8c in Rodellar, Spain.

"This is definite the hardest route I have done so far," Brooke wrote after completing the historic Welcome to Tijuana climb. "It is very beautiful and crimpy."

"Brooke's ascent signifies another step in the progression of both youth and female climbers. Not only is she the youngest female to climb the grade but she is also the youngest person overall," DPM Climbing reported.

Her story was featured this week on the bi-weekly online program PRODIGIES.

Brooke's older brother, Shawn, is also an accomplished climber. The siblings are coached by their mother, Robyn, who founding ABC Climbing in Colorado, on the ABC Elite Competition Team.

According to Brooke, her future plans are to "climb forever and also coach little kids."