Month: March 2012

Brooke Raboutou, age 10, sends her first 14a and becomes the youngest female ever to send the grade!

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Brooke sending God's Own Stone

On Thursday, March 29th, 2012, Brooke Raboutou sent God’s Own Stone, 5.14a, at The Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Brooke is visiting the Red over Spring Break with her family and other team members and coaches of Team ABC Boulder. This is her first 5.14.

Brooke right after the send!

Brooke’s ascent is extremely impressive and places her in the record books as the youngest American and youngest woman in the world to send 14a. She was also nearly the youngest person in the world to send the grade, but she will now share that honor with her friend Tito Traversa of Italy, also age 10, who sent his longstanding 14a project on the exact same day as Brooke’s ascent.

Brooke on the send.

According to Coach Robyn, Brooke’s ascent took 5 tries. On her first day, Wednesday, it was quite hot and Brooke went up the route to figure out all the moves and then gave two redpoint burns. On Thursday she tried the route cold, fell, came down, rested, and then sent next go.

Brooke has previously sent 13d, with Swingline at The Red during last year’s spring break, as well as 13c and a few 13b’s.

To see Brooke’s personal profile, click here –> Brooke Raboutou « Team ABC Boulder

Congratulations Brooke!!!

Coming Soon! – Two New ABC Kids Climbing Facilities!!!

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Announcing Two New Facilities!

Sneak Peek of the new ABC Kids Climbing Boulder Facility

We’ve been hard at work for the past several weeks building two new ABC Kids Climbing Facilities. These new facilities are the result of years of planning and are specially designed for skill development, camps, birthday parties, groups, special needs experiences, and training of our elite Team ABC climbing teams.

One facility is located right here in Boulder, Colorado, and is nearly next door to our friends at The Spot Bouldering Gym. Coach Didier Raboutou designed the walls and is heading up the construction, and many local climbers and friends are helping with all the work including Coach Mike Auldridge. Shawn even helped pound t-nuts the other day:

Now most of the plywood is on the main boulder at the Boulder facility, but there is still much work to be done with the other boulders, top rope wall, and 3-7 year old skills development area.

The second new ABC Kids Climbing facility will be in association with Momentum Climbing Gym in Salt Lake City, Utah. More info on that to follow, estimated opening is June 2011.

Big Thanks

ABC would like to extend major thank-you’s to a few individuals who have helped us turn our new facilities into reality.

Thanks to General Contractor Tim Harrington and his company Harrington Stanko Construction.

Thanks to Architect James McCutcheon and Design Network Architects.

Thanks to Engineer Michael Todd of Cornerstone Engineering & Surveying, Incorporated.


We are very excited to share our new facilities with you. For more info on all the programming ABC for Kids offers, please check out our main website – ABC Kids Climbing.

ABC Kids Climbing Indoor Summer Camps!!!

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In addition to our outdoor camps in France and Spain, ABC Boulder will be hosting many multi-day full and half day indoor climbing camps throughout the summer at our brand new facility. Use the ABC Camp Registration Page to find dates and register for the camp that works best with your child and your schedule. You can also sign up for the France and Spain camps on this page. Space is limited, so act soon and ensure your space in these wonderful summer programs!

Team ABC Boulder Nationals Photos

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Shawn trying hard for his 3rd place finish | photo Drew Dolan

Drew Dolan took a bunch of awesome photos of the 2012 ABS Youth National Championships. Enjoy! And feel free to use them on other sites, but please link back to this blog page.  Thank you!

Ariana O'Brien
Stella Noble
Brooke and Ariana
Stella getting creative
Timmy Dolan
Finn Stack and Timmy Dolan
Timmy Dolan
Margo Hayes
Pierce McCrerey and Austin Lankford
Margo Hayes
Isabelle took a pretty good fall, luckily Spot coach Spencer Pitman was there to help spot.
Megan Mascarenas atop one of the harder boulders.
Shawn Raboutou trying hard
Team ABC rockin' the girl's D rankings. l-r Mia (10th), Ariana (8th), Phoebe (7th), Ravelle (6th), Stella (5th), Brooke (4th).

More ABC Thanksgiving in Hueco Pics

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Shawn hiking Sunshine V11 in Hueco Tanks

I just unearthed some photos from Thanksgiving’s trip to Hueco Tanks. If you wanna see the rest check out Team ABC on Facebook. While you’re there don’t forget to “like” us and please recommend us to your friends as well. Thanks!

To see the rest of the album click here: TEAM ABC BOULDER


Team ABC Boulder Advanced Coach Adam Brink makes The Daily Camera!

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Adam Brink on Castle Rock | photo property of The Boulder Daily Camera

Team ABC Boulder’s Advanced Coach Adam Brink got his photo taken yesterday at Castle Rock in Boulder. Click the photo or this link to check out the rest of the gallery.  Nice job Adam!

Climbing Castle Rock in Boulder Canyon – Photogalleries Boulder, CO –

We should also mention that Adam is one of the guides for our summer camps in France and Spain this summer. To learn more click on “Camps” on the top menu. If you’re interested sign up quick, before the trips fill up!

Megan Mascarenas is the JIBS 12-14 Girls Champion!

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Megan at Mount Evans last summer

We are very proud of Team ABC Boulder member Megan Mascarenas for winning her 3rd straight Junior Indoor Bouldering Series Championship. Megan won the girl’s 12-14 category. Nice job Megan!

A short rundown:


Megan reports that the problems in the redpoint qualifer round were very good and she had a lot of fun climbing on them and hanging out with all the other climbers at the event.

After qualifiers Megan had the highest score for the girls in any age group and also had a higher score than most of the boys. The competition was strong and included several US Junior Team members like Kayla Lu, Carrie Scott, Zoe Steinberg (last year’s US Junior ABS National Champion), and Tiegan Wilson.


Finals were onsight style and held division by division (11 and under, 12-14, and 15-18 girls and boys). Megan flashed all 4 of her problems and won the comp. Nick Picarella (Boys 15-18) and Eli Frankel (Boys 11 and under) were the only other competitors to flash all their finals.

Megan went home with a new Marmot tent, $150, climbing shoes and lots of other schwag. She says she had a great time and met many nice people.

Full JIBS 2012 Results

Megan Mascarenas’ Profile for Team ABC Boulder

We will post media as it comes out. The JIBS website says this week some video should appear.

Welcome new Team ABC Athlete Michael O’Rourke!

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Team ABC is proud to welcome Michael O’Rourke to the team. Michael has been climbing since 2002 when he tried it out at his local health club in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He quickly became hooked and went climbing as much as he could. A year later the gym – Hidden Peak – started a youth team and he eagerly joined. He began climbing more and more and soon traveled to other gyms to attend competitions. After nearly a decade of climbing, Michael moved to Boulder in the summer of 2011 to further his training.

Michael quickly made his presence known in the Boulder scene when he won the Men’s Open category at The Spot Bouldering Series Gun Show Competition in September. Though they are technically local comps, Spot series comps have long been a proving ground for the nation’s up-and-coming talent and past competitors and winners include Daniel Woods, Paul Robinson, Matty Hong, Jon Cardwell, Rob D’Anastasio, Ian Dory, Ben Spannuth, Alex “socks” Johnson, Alex Puccio, Alex Johnson, and Lizzy Asher.

Coach Robyn quickly noticed Michael’s talent for and dedication to climbing, so in the Fall of 2011 she invited him to help coach her youth development program ABC for Kids.

Michael went on to have a successful competition season, making open finals at all 4 comps of the Spot Bouldering Series, taking 3rd at the 2011 Yank n’ Yard Pro Open, taking 14th in Men’s Open at the ABS 13 National Championships, and becoming the 2012 Male Junior ABS National Champion.

Michael doing Formula 50 Super Sit (V12) in Clear Creek Canyon

He also improved outside, climbing his first V12 with Authentic Battle Damage in Boulder Canyon and following it with a couple more 12s and his first V13, Free Range, also in Boulder Canyon. A video of that ascent can be seen on his new Team ABC Athlete Profile Page.

Michael’s passion for climbing and hard work ethic make him  a valuable member of the ABC family, and since he has this year’s SCS Season as well as next year’s ABS and SBS Seasons before he ages out of Juniors, Robyn invited him to begin training with Team ABC Boulder as well as continue coaching ABC for Kids.

His first practice was last week, and everyone on Team ABC Boulder is psyched to welcome Michael to the team!

Check out his Team profile – Michael O’Rourke « Team ABC Boulder

Team ABC Athlete & 2012 ABS National Champion Megan Mascarenas to compete in JIBS Championships this weekend

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ABC Boulder team member Megan Mascarenas headed east this weekend to compete in the 2012 Junior Indoor Bouldering Series Championships. This competition is a weekend-long youth event that includes a movie night, a combined redpoint competition with a 4 problem, 4 minutes on, 4 minutes off onsight finals, and pro clinics where competitors can get tips from experienced competitors and coaches including Alex Johnson, Eric Hörst, Dave Rowland, and Randi Goldberg. Climbers will compete in their age groups: 11 and under, 12-14, or 15-18.

Megan Mascarenas winning another adult open comp. Fall 2011 at The Spot Gym. Photo by Jay Droeger/The Spot Gym

Learn more about the event here – Junior Indoor Bouldering Series

Megan has won the event for the past two years running and is the 2010 13 & under and 2011 12-14 champion. You can see a long video of the 2011 comp here – PRG JIBS Championships 2011–if you skip ahead to 13:26 minutes you can see Megan climbing one of her finals. Below is a much shorter highlights video from Deadpoint Magazine:

Please join us in wishing Megan good luck in defending her title at this major youth climbing competition!

Team ABC Site Update – Profile for Coach Elliott Bates

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Coach Elliott on Freerider in Yosemite

Elliott Bates has been a longtime member of the Boulder climbing scene. He started in 1997 and through years of competing, sport climbing, trad climbing, and bouldering he has made his way around the world, gaining experiences that help him coach Team ABC Boulder athletes. He also found time to earn his degree in Integrative Physiology from CU Boulder, and in August of 2012 he and his fiancé Sarah plan to marry in Nicaragua. Click the photo to learn more about Coach Elliott!