Shawn Raboutou has been having a good summer in France. Most recently he visited Fontainebleau with the French team where he climbed several 7C (V9) boulders and the very committing Salle Goss Assis (8A/V11). More about that in this article on Kairn.com: Shawn Raboutou à Bleau (I recommend google translate if you don’t have a translation browser).
Shawn also competed in a European Youth Bouldering Cup and got 2nd place. Here are some photos:
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
Here are some photos from Team ABC’s fantastic France Climbing Camps!
Team ABC Boulder and ABC Kids Boulder are running indoor and outdoor, local, regional, and international camps in the upcoming summer months. These camps are in high demand and will fill up, so sign up asap to get the camp you want to attend. If your camp is full and you cannot find an alternative camp to fill your schedule, please email anyways to get yourself on the waiting list.
Use the links at the right under “Sign Up” to register yourself. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team ABC Boulder has many exciting camp opportunities coming up through the Spring and Summer. Instructors include World Class climbers and coaches like Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, Lynn Hill and Obe Carrion. Most camps are open to ABC Athletes as well as qualified athletes from other gyms and teams around the world. If you want to join an ABC camp, click here Camp Sign-Ups and More Info (or use the links in the right menu) and then click “more details” to learn more about the camp you are interested in. If you have questions, please email us – email@example.com.
ABC Kids Boulder also offers many exciting camp opportunities for kids of all levels. Click here to learn more – ABC Kids Boulder Camps.
Camps fill up, so if you want to attend sign up soon!
Coach Garrett wrote an article about Coach Robyn that is in the current issue of Deadpoint Magazine. You can check the magazine out online for free here – DPM Sept/Nov ’12 – and also pick up a free print copy next door at The Spot. Here are some screen shots, but click the link above to see the article and zoom in to read it.
Also Robyn and Brooke were recognized in the “Chasing Numbers” section for making the youngest and oldest ascents of 8c (5.14b) with Welcome to Tijuana.
Again, to see the full issue click here – DPM Climbing and choose Issue 21: Sept – Nov ’12
Here are some photos from Team Camp in Rodellar. Looks like they had a blast!
All photos courtesy Team ABC
We are happy to congratulate Coach Robyn on realizing her first 8c. Hot on the coattails of Brooke, Robyn has also climbed Welcome to Tijuana.
Here is what she had to say about the ascent:
Inspired once again by my kids, I did Welcome yesterday! By far my hardest send yet. I’ve done three 8b+’s in the past few weeks and this 8C was a strong notch above the other routes I sent. Big milestone for me.
Nice job Robyn!!! So inspiring!!!
We are very proud to share the news that Brooke has done her first 8c (14b) with Welcome to Tijuana in Rodellar, Spain. With this ascent Brooke (age 11) is the youngest person in the world to climb a route this difficult. You may remember last March when Brooke did her first 14a and simultaneously became the youngest person in the world to climb that grade with Italian Tito Traversa, who at the same age did his first 14a on the same day. Now with this ascent of a 14b Brooke holds the title to herself. Nice job Brooke!
Coach Robyn emailed with some info on how the ascent went down:
Brooke sent Welcome to Tijuana! We have been working it together amongst other routes. You know I’ve been doing other routes these past couple of weeks so we have been getting on Welcome a couple times a week just to see how close we could get. Brooke has looked good from the very beginning but until a few days ago, she couldn’t do the final moves just before the belay. These are the same moves that gave Shawn trouble last year (small holds far apart). The taller people do a big move and it’s over but Shawn and Brooke found a way for them that ends up being the hardest moves on the entire climb. Once she got the last boulder problem, she started trying to redpoint. After getting to the top 6 times (basically doing the 8c), she finally pulled off the final 4 moves and sent the route. It was beautiful to watch and the entire valley of Rodellar was cheering for her.
The climbing world is very inspired by the ascent and many sites have posted about Brooke including: